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We are well into summer now and I’ll tell you what—there are days when it’s hot and I don’t want to do much of anything. I decided to come up with a list of things to do on those hot days so I don’t find myself staying indoor with the kids all day, wasting beautiful summer days!

Things to do outside on a summer day:

  • Cloud watch
  • Play some games with water and water balloons!! Here are more than 10 ideas to soak up water fun.
  • Wash the car
  • Go swimming or play with the hose
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Climb a tree
  • Play hide and seek
  • Create a rock garden
  • Go to a playground you’ve never been to
  • Go for a hike with a bottle of water
  • Find a shady tree and read a book
  • Go on a picnic
  • Create a fort in the backyard
  • Make outdoor obstacle courses—make running through the sprinkler part of it!
  • Go on a bug hunt
  • Fly a kite
  • Paint with rainbow ice cubes on the sidewalk
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk, then throw water balloons at the drawings to “erase” them
  • Play hopscotch
  • Take a nap under a tree
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Play baseball with balloons and water noodles
  • Finger paint on the sidewalk!
  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood/park (be sure to wear gloves!)
  • Go on a rock hunt
  • Play frisbee golf
  • Make a ball pit with water balloons
  • Take a bike ride
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Star gaze
  • Catch fireflies