Fun Summer Activities for Kids and Teens 2019

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Hooray! Summer is finally here. This activity list is sure to entertain the kids and grandkids all summer long.

Michaels $3 Crafts

Kids make a take-home craft while you shop. Supplies are included. Sign up in-store or online. Seating is limited, so sign up early. Ages: 3+

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids

Kids make a take-home seasonal craft every Saturday from 11 AM-3 PM. Ages: 3-14 Dates: 5/4-6/29

Happy kids doing arts and crafts together

A.C. Moore Kids Crafts

Kids follow step-by-step instructions to make a simple craft at home.
Visit the website to view materials, directions, and printables templates.

Crayola City Summer Maker Series

Kids make an easy to complete project with Crayola products and household items at home.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand Combo Pack – A Kinetic Sensory Activity
Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Box of Rainbow Mini Notes
ALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit
Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars Kit
Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
Tulip One-step Tie-Dye Kit
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Play Sand Combo Pack – A Kinetic Sensory Activity
Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Box of Rainbow Mini Notes
ALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit
Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars Kit
Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
Tulip One-step Tie-Dye Kit

Apple Camp

Kids ages 8-12 explore their creativity through hands-on projects across the following four tracks: music, coding, movie making, and art & design. Each track consists of three FREE 90-minute sessions. Registration opens on June 17th.

Microsoft YouthSparks Free Summer Camp

Kids and Teens share their passions with like-minded Microsoft fans at the following free events: gaming tournaments, youth coding camps, and productivity workshops.

ABCmouse

ABC Mouse is an award-winning learning program for kids ages 2-8. The program covers reading, math, science, social studies, and art. Click here to try it FREE for 30 days!

Little African American girl with laptop sitting in armchair indoors

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs is a multi-award-winning reading program for kids ages 2-13. The program uses online games, activities, and rewards to make reading fun. Click here to try it FREE for 2 weeks.

Geocaching

Grab a GPS-enabled device and join the world’s largest outdoor treasure hunt! Visit the website to register for a FREE basic membership.

Mindware – Q-bitz
Qwirkle Board Game
KEVA Brain Builders Game
Mattel Games Ker Plunk Game
HedBanz – HedBanz Jr. Family Board Game
Blokus Strategy Game
Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center
Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set
Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs-Colorful Interlocking Plastic Enginnering Toys
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional
Mindware – Q-bitz
Qwirkle Board Game
KEVA Brain Builders Game
Mattel Games Ker Plunk Game
HedBanz – HedBanz Jr. Family Board Game
Blokus Strategy Game
Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center
Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set
Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs-Colorful Interlocking Plastic Enginnering Toys
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional

Every Kid in a Park

Fourth graders get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for the entire year. The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free. This pass is for the 2018 to 2019 school year and expires on August 31, 2019.

Free Fishing Days

Fish on public waters without a license. Check the website to find fishing days in your state.

Young happy family with kids fishing in pond in summer

Kids Bowl Free

Kids 15 and under receive two free passes a day all summer long at participating bowling centers. Visit the website to register and find the nearest bowling center.

Kids Skate Free

Visit the website to sign up and get more details.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Visit Home Depot for a free hands-on workshop every first Saturday of the month. Seating is limited, so sign up early. Kids receive an apron, pin, and certificate of completion. Ages: 5-12

Unstable Unicorns Base Game
Inspiration Play Double Ditto Family Party Board Game
Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior
Jenga Classic Game
Watch Ya’ Mouth Original Mouthpiece Game
Spontuneous – The Song Game
Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game
Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board Game for Kids and Adults Age 7 and Up
Googly Eyes Game — Family Drawing Game with Crazy, Vision-Altering Glasses
Educational Insights Kanoodle – Brain Twisting Solitaire Game
Rubiks Race
Spot It!
Sequence Game
Battleship With Planes Strategy Board Game
HedBanz Game, Family Guessing Game – Edition may vary

Lowes Build and Grow

Build and Grow clinics are a great way to foster a love of building and learning. Kids receive a wooden project kit, free apron, goggles, and a project-themed patch. Registration is recommended. Ages: 5+

Factory Tours USA

Take a factory tour to learn how some of America’s most iconic products are made. Most tours are free and some include free samples. YUMMY!!

Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
Babycakes Multi-Treat Baker
Family Fun S’mores Maker
Lebice Popsicle Molds Set
Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Shaved Ice Machine and Syrup Party Package
Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
Babycakes Multi-Treat Baker
Family Fun S’mores Maker
Lebice Popsicle Molds Set
Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Shaved Ice Machine and Syrup Party Package
Orville Redenbacher’s Hot Air Popper
Babycakes Multi-Treat Baker
Family Fun S’mores Maker
Lebice Popsicle Molds Set
Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Shaved Ice Machine and Syrup Party Package

Low-Cost Movies

  • Marcus Theaters $3 admission per person, per movie every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday from June 16-August 14.
  • Regal Summer Movie Express $1 admission per person, per movie every Tuesday and Wednesday from June through August
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse $1 admission per person, per movie or $5 for all ten movies from June 6-August 8
  • AMC Summer Movie Camp $4 admission per person, per movie every Wednesday. Kids get free popcorn, fountain drink, and fruit snack.

Legoland Discovery Center

Experience rides, 4d cinemas, build & play zones, and much more at Legoland. Buy online and SAVE!

Three happy kids playing with plastic building blocks

Discover the Magic of Color: Crayola Experience

Visit the Crayola Experience and make memories that last a lifetime. This fun family attraction is full of interactive and creative play. Buy online and SAVE!

CityPass

Visit multiple attractions for one low price. Spend less, and do more! Visit the website for more information.

Groupon

Find deals on local activities like escape rooms, museums, amusement parks, water parks, zoos, tours, mini-golf, bowling, shows, concerts, and much more. There is something for everyone! Click here to sign up!

Rakuten (Ebates)

Earn cashback on toys, games, events, activities, clothing, and much more at over 2500 stores. Get rewards, promo codes, coupons, and deals from all your favorite online stores. Click here to get a $10 sign up bonus!!!

You can read more about summer activities here: 14 Free Summer Reading Incentive Programs 2019

Summer Activities for Kids and Teens 2019
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49 Comments

  1. August 12, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    I never had children. But I am a new step mom :):) I cant wait to be able to have a little one to play with and babysit. Great ideas here!
    ~ Suzana Barton

    • Jeanell
      Author
      September 6, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Congrats on being a new step mom!

  2. June 16, 2019 / 11:07 pm

    Love the ideas. Although I knew about some, there were many new activities that I hadn’t thought of.

  3. June 16, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Great list! We already have several of these on our summer list, but you popped a couple of new ideas into my head. Thank you!!!!

  4. June 16, 2019 / 1:58 pm

    I had no idea Lowes and Home Depot did activities for kids! My kids will enjoy this and I’m definitely looking into it!

  5. June 16, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    Great Ideas! I love being able to share free and inexpensive activities with my family, friends, and my patients at work!!

  6. June 16, 2019 / 11:28 am

    You’ve done a lot of legwork for parents…love it! ABCMouse brought back some good memories with my grandson. Great site!

    Thanks!
    Gail

  7. June 16, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Great list of ideas to keep the kiddos busy during the summer. I had no idea about the Apple Camp. I will be checking into that tomorrow when registration opens. Free is for me!

  8. June 14, 2019 / 2:46 pm

    Yes, it’s that time of year. This article is a great resource for parents and kids. Lots of fun creative ideas.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:23 am

      I’m glad you found it useful!

  9. June 14, 2019 / 10:52 am

    So many great activities, thanks for sharing. I am not a kid, but I want to go to some of them.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:06 am

      I said the same thing.

  10. Krista
    June 14, 2019 / 10:50 am

    Home Depot is a summer favorite for us, but I didn’t know Lowes offered something similar! And the Michaels $3 crafts is a great idea too!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:09 am

      Yay! I’m glad that you found some new activities to add to your summer favorites.

  11. June 13, 2019 / 1:16 pm

    Great idea to keep the kids busy and engaged during the summer months. I remember how tough it was when my children were younger…these are great tips!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Thank you!

  12. June 13, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    Those Home Depot workshops are a life-saver! We loved them when the boys were younger.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Yes, they are!

  13. June 13, 2019 / 10:10 am

    We used to love the Kids Bowl Free program. Unfortunately, the location by us no longer participates. We’ll have to do something else from your list instead this year!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Sorry to hear that. There is something for everyone on the list! I hope you find something else that the kids can enjoy.

  14. June 13, 2019 / 9:58 am

    This list is perfect! My nephews will be coming over for a few weeks.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:20 am

      Yay! I hope you all have a great time together.

  15. Alexandra Cook
    June 13, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Everyone is now excited for summer and these lists are o helpful in planning for our summer activities.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:18 am

      I’m glad you found it useful!

  16. Rosey
    June 13, 2019 / 7:35 am

    I forgot about the Home Depot workshops. I’m going to check and see if we have one of those here (we did in my city when we lived up north). That would be fun to take the kids to this summer.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:14 am

      I hope you find one! The kids will have so much fun.

  17. June 13, 2019 / 5:57 am

    These are fantastic ideas for parents! This will definitely be keeping their children busy.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:13 am

      Yes, I agree! The list should keep them busy and entertained.

  18. June 13, 2019 / 12:10 am

    We like going to our local high school’s pool and Kids Bowl Free! These are some great ideas.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:12 am

      I’m glad you found it useful.

  19. June 12, 2019 / 10:43 pm

    great ideas for parents! these should keep the kids busy

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:05 am

      Yes, they should!

  20. Lisa Rios
    June 12, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    I’ve been wondering what I should do with my kids this summer LOL these are all great ideas – I especially love the movie theater deals.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:04 am

      I’m glad you found it useful.

  21. June 12, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    This is beautiful been with your kids around is something to celebrate

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:03 am

      Yes, I agree!

  22. June 12, 2019 / 11:26 am

    Love this list! Crafts, camps, games.. all the things I used to do when I was young! Kids these days need to be active and not starting at their phones! Lol!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:02 am

      Yes, I agree!

  23. June 11, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    We love geocaching and Groupon is always a great resource. Thanks for doing the leg work on this one 😉

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:01 am

      You are welcome!

  24. Seva Ram
    June 11, 2019 / 8:13 pm

    Wow, thank you for this extensive fun guide!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:01 am

      You are welcome!

  25. June 11, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    I love your website suggestions! It’s nice when you can create fun activities throughout the summer for your children. This year I enrolled my boys in a day camp while I work. Then, I will include other fun stuff throughout the summer as well. Happy Blogging!

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:00 am

      Sounds like your boys will have a great summer!

  26. June 11, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    I love these ideas! I think it’s important to keeps kids’ minds stimulated during the summer. It keeps them happy, and it keeps them primed for learning.

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 8:58 am

      Yes, I agree!

  27. June 11, 2019 / 9:45 am

    Makes me almost wish I had kids… Almost 😁

    • Jeanell
      Author
      June 16, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Too funny!

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