30 Summer Season Things to do with your Grandkids

It’s summer!  I don’t know about you, but I love time outside in the fresh air with my grandchildren.  Here’s a list of ideas to get you out there, too!


  1. Play with bubbles and chalk.
  2. Teach your grandchildren to play hop scotch.
  3. Run through the sprinkler.
  4. Go on a scavenger hunt. There are lots of scavenger hunt lists available on the internet.  (Lists can be created in picture form for those too young to read.)
  5. Catch lightning bugs (fire flies).
  6. Make s’mores.
  7. Swim.
  8. Tour a fire station.
  9. Have a reading party under a tree. Spread blankets or sit-upons and eat a snack.
  10. Make lemonade and set up a lemonade stand.
  11. Build a dirt city. Then play in it all day with cars and trucks.
  12. Eat a picnic lunch on a sheet or blanket in the yard.
  13. Go to the park.
  14. Fly kites or paper airplanes.
  15. Tie dye shirts.
  16. Visit the library for “story time” and to check out some books.
  17. Ride bikes.
  18. Roller skate.
  19. Play croquet or mini golf in the back yard.
  20. Set up your own obstacle course.
  21. Make popsicles.
  22. Start a garden.
  23. Put on a play, puppet show, or magic show.
  24. Play Hide and Seek.
  25. Build a blanket fort outside.
  26. Explore the yard with a magnifying glass.
  27. Go fishing.
  28. Climb a tree.
  29. Look for four leaf clovers.
  30. Play toss.

Hopefully an idea or two on this list are just the thing to get you excited about spending some time outside with your grandchildren this summer.  Or perhaps some of these ideas will help to jog your memory about others activities you remember enjoying as a child or a parent.

If you do come up with other ideas that aren’t listed here, I’d love for you to share them in a comment to this post.  Let’s build a resource we can all use to intentionally make time to enjoy and invest in our “grand treasures.”

2 comments on “30 Summer Season Things to do with your Grandkids

  1. Great list, Deborah! I’m getting ready to retire from my full-time job, so I’ll have more time to do some of these! Summer blessings!

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