50+ Summer Activities to Do With Your Child Before School Starts

Since our eldest will be starting school this fall (*sigh*), I am hoping to spend as much time as possible this summer enjoying what little remaining time we have together as a family before school starts. Therefore, I have compiled a bucket list, so to speak, of potential exciting adventures that we can experience together this last summer before school starts and we are bombarded with homework and extra-curricular activities. I have also included links to local activities in Ontario, Canada for those who live close by and are wondering what to do with their kids this summer!

50+ Things to Do With Your Child Before School Starts

1.Climb a lighthouse

Beautiful walk to the beach today.

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2. Play at a new park every week

3. Pick and eat veggies straight out of the garden

4. Pick berries at a fruit farm

5. Go camping at a National Park

6. Light up or go see some fireworks

7. Have a camp fire

8. Roast marshmallows

9. Eat spider-dogs

10. Star gaze on a blanket

11. Watch the sunset and sunrise

Oh, hello there sunset.

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12. Go somewhere to ride horses

13. Go to the farmer’s market

14. Lose the training wheels

15. Learn to spell and write her name

16. Go to a carnival, go on rides and eat cotton candy

17. Go to the mall

18. Make a pan of Rice Krispie Squares, and then eat them all

19. Go on a ferry ride

20. Go fishing

21. Go to the Aquarium

22. Ride in a convertible with its top down

23. Play hopscotch

24. Blow bubbles

Happy Hump Day everyone!

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25. Have a pool party

26. Jump on a trampoline

27. Build sand castles at the beach and swim in the lake

28. Hug and kiss every relative at a reunion

29. Try skipping rope

30. Go to a baseball game

31. Pick out some library books

32. Go for ice cream

33. Visit a zoo or safari

34. Play soccer

35. Try to catch butterflies in a net

36. Go for a hike

37. Grow a garden

Our little gardener <3

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38. Visit a botanical garden

39. Go to a children’s play or concert

40. Help her put on her own play

41. Water the flowers

Daffodils – my absolute favourite flower! #hellospring

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42. Build a fort

43. Go to a drive-in movie

44. Eat an entire bag of popcorn. Probably more than once!

45. Pretend to be a dinosaur

46. Go on a pirate ship adventure

47. Go see the dinosaurs

48. Attend a Scottish Festival or watch some Highland Games

49. Go to an amusement park

50. Eat at a food truck

51. Attend a teddy bear picnic

52. Dig for worms

53. Visit a waterfall

54. Have fun Go-Carting

55. Have a rainy craft day

This is what fun looks like at the end of the day.

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There you have it – 50+ activities to do with your child before school starts. I’m positive that there must be dozens more. If you think of any, please help a fellow mama out and add them in the comment section below!

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Hi! I am a Registered Nurse on a unit that encompasses labour and delivery, postpartum, medical, surgical and palliative care in a rural hospital in Ontario, Canada. I am a mom of two and am passionate about women's rights, mom and infant care, parenting and nursing. I hope to create an educational, entertaining and highly relatable resource for women around the world. Thanks for stopping by! Xo, The Mama Nurse

18 thoughts on “50+ Summer Activities to Do With Your Child Before School Starts

  • May 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Such a fun list! My son is just finishing kindergarten, but we’d still love to do almost all of these things.

  • May 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Great list! I think we’re going to home school, but I want to make a yearly bucket list. I had so many things I wanted to do with him this year, then I blinked and it’s almost June!!

  • May 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I love this list! I really like finding list like this because it gives me so many ideas. I also love the pictures you included!

  • May 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What a great list! I’ve printed off and going to work through them with the kids! I love that my older son can do this list too!

    Laura xx
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  • May 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Oh how I wish we could go climb a lighthouse! We don’t have any of those anywhere close. We have already gone to a waterfall, and my kids loved it. I’m going to use some of these, great list! #kcacols

  • May 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Love this list. I think it should be a “do with your child over summer” list too! Even if your child has already started school they would love this. We have lots of lighthouses here on the east coast we are lucky to visit them often. Thank you for these ideas. pinned! #KCACOLS
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  • May 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I loved reading your list – what a lot of good ideas. I will have to try adding some of those to my list for this summer 🙂
    x Alice

  • May 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Absolutely love this list-some really great ideas!
    I love this neat way to enjoy your last summer with your baby before she heads off into a new chapter of her life. We just bought a state park annual pass which grants us access to all the parks in our state all year long, so I can’t wait to put that to good use! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

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