21 Fun Summer Activities With the Grandkids

by Alli

School’s out for summer! I’m singing this old song at the top of my lungs. I’m excited about these fun summer activities to enjoy with the grandkids.

The days are getting hotter, and longer, and the grandkids’ baseball season is about to end. What in the world will the grandkids do to keep themselves entertained?

Wondering how to keep the kids occupied all summer long? See our list of Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages!

We have partnered with some savvy blogging moms and Grandmas to bring you a collection of summer fun ideas to do with kids of all ages from Pre-K up to those precious teens.

Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for even more ideas!

I see lots of summer sleepovers in the future. I always enjoy having the kids over. We don’t like to park in front of the TV or tablet unless it’s raining or we’re having a family movie night.

We like to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and I like to teach them all the games we played as kids.

I introduced some new activities and revisiting a few tried and true projects will keep us all entertained.

You don’t have to do all these fun summer activities, but they are all fun! 

Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy With The Grandkids

Plant a small flower garden

My youngest grandkids love to play in the dirt. Let them plant a flower garden and introduce them to gardening.

The Miracle Grow Kid’s Garden is so cute and has everything (except the soil)  you need to grow a small garden. They also have a vegetable garden kit. 

Play in the Water Sprinkler

When my kids were little tots they loved playing in the water sprinkler. This is a fun summer activity that never gets old. 

Sometimes I want to jump in and play with them. Don’t forget the sunscreen! 

Make Homemade Ice Cream or Sherbet

Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid Sherbet

I wish I had an old-fashioned churn so I could teach them the old-fashioned way. Instead, we make homemade sherbet and no-churn ice cream

Have a Picnic in the Park (or the backyard)

Talk about the games you played when you were young. My grandkids are amazed that I grew up in an area with no cell phones or tablets. They are amused when I talk about eight-track tapes. 

Teach Them How to Shell Butterbeans and Peas (or shuck corn)

Shelling butterbeans and peas was a way of life for me when I was growing up. I want my grandkids to experience it, too. You may have to visit the Farmer’s Market and buy some fresh peas and butterbeans still in the shell. 

Teach them how to cook those peas and beans too. 

Ride Bicycles

The grandkids and I love riding bikes together. Just remember to stay safe and wear those helmets. 

Take a Walk Around the Neighborhood

Once it cools down some, take a late afternoon stroll around the neighborhood. 

Sing Karaoke (Oldies Style)

Introduce your grandkids to the music that was popular back in your day. I’ve introduced mine to 70’s music and they now know the words to a lot of these songs.

Go to an Amusement Park

When we visited Disney World during spring break, I rode every single ride with the grandkids. I couldn’t hang with them at Universal. Those motion rides get the best of me. 

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs - Magic Kingdom

Go to the Beach

The youngest grandkids and I love looking for shells. They also like to build sand castles. Of course, swimming is always fun. 

Summer Fun With the Grandkids

Play Mini Golf

Playing Mini Golf with the grandkids

Teach your Grandchild to Play Marbles, Jacks, and/or Hula Hoop

There are bonus points if you actually hula hoop with them! You should see me doing the floss. It’s pitiful but they laugh every single time. 

These are all fun activities to do with the grandkids. One of my favorites that takes me back to my own childhood is down below! 

Taste a Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle Bloom

I love the smell of honeysuckle! You haven’t lived until you lick that drop of nectar from the stem of a honeysuckle bloom. If you don’t know how, here’s what you do:

  • Select a bloom from a honeysuckle bush. 
  • Pinch the bottom tip of the bloom to pull out the stamen. 
  • Lick the drop of nectar off of the stem. 

Try to Find Lightning Bugs (Fireflies) After Dark

It’s sad that you don’t see lightning bugs as much as you did back when I was a little girl. The edge of the woods behind my house would look like a magic garden with all the twinkling lights. 

Tie-Dye a Shirt For a messy but fun activity to do with the grandkids!

Tie Dye a T Shirt -

To tie-dye a shirt, you’ll need:

  • A white t-shirt
  • A plastic tarp or table cover to keep the mess contained
  • Gloves
  • Dye
  • Rubber bands
  • Gallon Size Zip-Lock Bag

Helpful Hint: To make things easier, you can buy a tie-dye kit that includes rubber bands, plastic gloves, dye, a plastic sheet, and an instruction manual.  Or you can use these easy instructions.

Help The Kids Make Homemade Slime

Talking about fun summertime activities, here’s one of the best!

There are so many different recipes for homemade slime. I like the one made with Elmer’s glue the best. You will need:

  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s white school glue (4 oz.)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon contact lens solution 
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Glitter (if desired)

In a bowl, mix together Elmer’s glue and baking soda. Add food coloring and glitter.

Add the contact lens solution. Mix until slime begins to form.

Remove the slime from the bowl and knead a few times. If it’s too sticky, add 1/4 tsp. of contact lens solution. Store in a ziplock bag. 

Play Corn Hole or Croquet 

This is always a fun activity to do with the grandkids. I’m competitive so watch out! 

Go Fishing

I spent many summer mornings fishing in my grandpa’s pond and I could bait a hook by the time I was five.

I learned how to catch, clean, and cook fish. Of course, eating them is the best part.

Watch an Old Movie

This is a great summer activity to do with the grandkids. Plus, it gives you a little break!

You deserve to rest and watch an old movie. Don’t forget the popcorn

Bunny Tail Popcorn is Fun to Make and Eat!

Take Selfies

Take selfies of yourself and your grandkids. Better yet, let the grandkids snap the selfies. I double-dog dare you to post them on Facebook! I posted the selfie below of my oldest grandson and me.  

Behind us are my son-in-law and another grandson. Behind them are my daughter and another grandson. I got us all in that one selfie. 

Riding Dumbo at Disney World

Make A Scrapbook Together to Remember the Fun Summertime Activities

Include those selfies! 

Oh, and one more thing. Let them get a little bored. It helps them to become creative and gives them/you a break. 

What are some fun summer activities you enjoy doing with your kids or grandkids?

Now, let’s see what else we can add to our Summer Activities list!  New ideas are added every day this week so Pin this post and check back every day.

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cait June 3, 2019 - 7:46 am

yes yes yes yes yes! pinning and showing this to my parents and my husbands parents while they watch our kids for a few day sthis summer- great ideas!

Amber Myers June 3, 2019 - 8:14 am

What great ideas! I’ll show my parents. The kids usually go with them a week in the summer. Some things they refuse to do, like amusement parks, but they like to take them to zoos or where animals are. It seems to be slower paced, which is a plus for them!

Tasheena June 3, 2019 - 8:54 am

All of these activities look like so much. I always loved tie dyeing shirts in the summer time when I was a kid..

Shirley Wood June 3, 2019 - 9:00 am

These are all good ideas. I see several I am going to add to my Grandma Camp this summer! I like the idea of teaching them to shuck corn and shell peas and beans!

Jeanette June 3, 2019 - 10:36 am

I love all of these ideas! We are visiting their grandparents and I want my kiddos in their grandparents to do a lot of stuff together. These are some great ideas.

lexi@that fit fam June 3, 2019 - 10:56 am

I totally forgot about tasting honeysuckles! we used to do that when I was little!

Sarah Bailey June 3, 2019 - 11:29 am

What some fantastic sounding things to do with kids over the summer, I can’t believe how quickly summer has come around.

Marko June 3, 2019 - 11:47 am

All these ideas are great! This post has reminded me how I had amazing and memorable summer time when I was a child with my grandparent. My grandma taught me a lot about cooking and gardening and my grandpa taught me how to fish. I really miss those days!

Heather June 3, 2019 - 12:04 pm

These are wonderful ideas! I know we will be swimming, camping this weekend, and hitting some splash pads when its hot outside this summer. I don’t want it to go by too quickly. This is my favorite time of the year. It seems we’ve got winter for 10 months and summer for only 2.

robin rue June 3, 2019 - 12:06 pm

You have so many great ideas. We are always looking for ideas, so thanks for the awesome list.

Heather June 3, 2019 - 3:20 pm

This list is amazing! A lot of these take me back to my childhood when we spent so much time with grandparents. I love that you make such an effort to make memories with your grandchildren!

Ricci June 3, 2019 - 6:19 pm

These all sound like great ideas! And I remember doing some of these things with my own grandparents like shelling purple hull peas until my fingers turned purple! LOL!!

Melanie June 3, 2019 - 8:11 pm

My kids grandparents, unfortunately, do not really do a ton with them during the summer. It is a shame because I always have fond memories of spending Summers with my grandparents.

Terri Steffes June 3, 2019 - 9:23 pm

This is a fun way to start our summer fun series! I am looking forward to Thursday for my post!

Alyssa H June 3, 2019 - 10:49 pm

Such an awesome list! I’m not a grandma, but I totally want to steal this for myself. Such fun things to do with my kids this summer!

Marie | DIY Adulation June 4, 2019 - 7:11 am

Omgosh, you are bringing back memories for me with that shelling beans activity! I used to help my mom and grandma prep green beans from the garden for canning every year. We’d sit around the dining room table with bowls, break off the ends, and then break them down further into smaller pieces. Of course, I’d sneak and eat about a fourth of what I was prepping. Still love helping my mom in her garden and sneaking a few fresh green beans that we pick. Such a fun tradition to pass on the the kiddos and grandkids!

Lisa Favre June 4, 2019 - 7:47 am

I should suggest all of these to my mother. I think having a picnic in the backyard is a wonderful idea!

Kathy June 4, 2019 - 8:06 am

These are all such great ideas. I’ll have to save this so I can look back at it for the summer. I see so many activities that my daughters would really enjoy.

Ruth I June 4, 2019 - 8:57 am

I think people of all ages will enjoy this. It is filled with so much fun and excitement. What a great way spending time with the young ones.

Cathy Mini June 4, 2019 - 9:22 am

This is totally great and perfect quality time for the whole family. The kids definitely love this is gonna be so fun for them and to see them so happy is priceless.

Lynndee June 4, 2019 - 10:52 am

Singing karaoke with his grandkids is what my Dad loves to do. Good thing his grandkids, especially my nieces love singing karaoke too.

rika June 4, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Great recommendation! My son loves playing mini golf. Can’t believe that summer break is almost here!

Heather June 5, 2019 - 12:56 am

What a great post. These are some awesome activities to plan with the grandkids.

Jenny June 5, 2019 - 7:20 am

This is an awesome list for summer! What happened to the fireflies??? I remember seeing them all summer long and we haven’t see any to show the kids. Your grandkids are lucky to have such grandparents!

Tasha June 5, 2019 - 7:53 pm

Such an interesting article, I haven’t done some of these activities with my grandparents and I should. Thank you for your ideas.


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