Does it seems like the the excitement of summer break only lasts a couple of weeks before your kiddos start just looking for something fun to do? Once the exhilaration of being out of school wears off, it may be time to start looking for a few hassle-free activities. Some easy to plan, fun summer party activities can liven up any ordinary summer day. The following 7 Summer Party Ideas for Kids are all easy ideas that will create hours of fun!
1. Lemonade Stand
Lemonade Stands are a good way to teach kids about money and charitable giving. The local Salvation Army hosts a LemonAid Days drive each summer to raise money to support programs for homeless children. Encouraging your children to set up a stand to benefit this cause gives you a chance to talk to them about giving. It’s an activity they will enjoy and will also make them feel good about helping others. For more Lemonade Stand ideas, see the LemonAid Days Stand we hosted.
2. Picnic Party
Sometimes a simple change of location can turn an everyday lunch into an extra-special meal. By simply packing up lunch into a basket and grabbing a blanket, you can head off to a new destination for lunch. Parks, local college campuses or even your own backyard make perfect locations for picnics.
3. Ice Cream Party
Ice cream parties are an easy way to entertain because they don’t require any cooking or baking. Simply purchase a couple of types of ice cream, edible waffle bowls, and a selection of your favorite ice cream toppings. Kids will love having lots of choices to make any flavor combinations they desire. If you are looking to make your Ice Cream Party a little more put together, you can set out the toppings in matching all white dishes on a serving table with matching labels and table linens. See our post on how to host an ice cream party in 3 steps, here.
4. Sidewalk Chalk Party
During the summer, even a driveway or sidewalk can turn into a party venue. Start by simply purchasing a few boxes of sidewalk chalk. For refreshments, pick up popsicles and lemonade for the kids to snack on while drawing. This is a great idea for a party with kids of varying ages because toddlers to tweens enjoy creating their own masterpieces.
5. Water Balloon Fight
Water balloon fights are a exciting activity for any outdoor party or gathering, especially for school-aged children. Kids will enjoy both filling the actual balloons with water and throwing them at each other. A few ground rules, such as no throwing at the face or head, will ensure everyone has a good time. After the fight is over, have a race to see how many broken water balloons kids can pick up.
6. Movie Night
You can recreate the fun of a drive-in theater at your home easier than you might think. To set up viewing for the movie, you’ll need speakers, a projector, and a screen. Movie snacks are also a must. Popcorn, movie size candy, nachos, and soft drinks are movie favorites. A few blankets or lawn chairs can be scattered around the lawn for easy seating arrangements.
7. Backyard Olympics Party
This summer, everyone will be excited about the 2016 Summer Olympics, but you don’t have to wait until August to celebrate. Plan your very own Backyard Olympics Party. Games like relay races, discus (frisby) throw, shot put (bocce ball) throw, long jump and other games are the key to a cool Backyard Olympics party. Kids will love being awarded inexpensive medals purchased at a party supply store. Assign kids a country to represent, then play the country’s national anthem, easily found online, when they are on the medal stand. Snacks like gold medals, made out of vanilla Oreos and red fruit rope, and Olympic torches, made with ice cream cones filled with popcorn, will be a huge hit. For more Olympics Party Ideas and a set of Free Olympics 2016 Printables, please visit here.
These hassle free ideas are great boredom busters for the summer. Just don’t tell your kiddos how simple it was to plan something so fun!