featured photo for outdoor family activities to enjoy at home this summer


  • Reply Karie May 4, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    One thing I can say about the Covid is that it did bring back some of these good times. We now sit on the back porch and talk again and gather around the bonfire. There is just something that gets everyone talking and closer around a fire and a porch. 🙂

    • Reply TONYA May 4, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      I have to agree! That’s probably the only good thing that has come of it, but we have to acknowledge that it has brought a lot of families closer together.

  • Reply Debbie May 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I enjoy being outdoors as much as the kids!

    • Reply TONYA May 4, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      I agree, the feeling I get when stepping outside after being cooped up indoors for a while is wonderful!

  • Reply Danielle Ardizzone May 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I love that you included ideas for people without a yard. Thanks!

    • Reply TONYA May 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks! I know, especially right now with social distancing, some people aren’t able to get outside other than on a tiny deck or patio, so I didn’t want to exclude them!

  • Reply cathy May 4, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I don’t have any little ones at home but I use to enjoy spending time with them outdoors..great ideas!

    • Reply TONYA May 4, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! The fresh air is so good for all of us. 🙂

  • Reply Tricia Snow May 4, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Great list! Kids need to be outside as much as possible right now to keep their immunity up and keep them happy too!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:38 am

      That’s a really good point. Running around in the fresh air and getting Vitamin D does wonders for both our physical and mental health.

  • Reply Linda Egeler May 4, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Great ideas for spending more time outdoors this summer. Can’t wait for the weather to warm up!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:37 am

      I hear you! It’s a little chilly this week, unfortunately, so we’ll really have to bundle up when we go out today.

  • Reply Eva Keller May 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Great ideas for keeping the little ones busy. I know my sister has had to get creative since she has 3 kids under the age of 4. She sends pictures every day of things she came up with to keep them entertained.

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Awesome! That’s really fun that she does that.

  • Reply Holly May 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    So many fun things to do for the whole family! Thank you for sharing.. I’m pinning this for later reference!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Holly!

  • Reply Diane Kurzava May 4, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    What a great list! I have an in-home day care and I’m always looking for new things to do outside. Thank you!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:35 am

      How fun! Hopefully you can keep the kiddos busy outside this summer!

      • Reply Kendra May 6, 2020 at 4:08 pm

        Lots of great ideas! My grandson is loving his water table outside lately!

        • Reply TONYA May 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

          My girls are eagerly waiting for me to fill up their water table, but I’m waiting for it to warm up just a *little* more. It’s a little cool for swimsuits still, and they might get kind of chilly with soaking wet clothes!

  • Reply Tiffany May 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    These are some great ideas! Going to need to get creative this summer! Backyard adventures it is!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:35 am

      Absolutely! Backyard adventures are pretty fun.

  • Reply Lisa Manderino May 4, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    We have been eating a lot outside it is my favorite!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

      That’s awesome!

  • Reply Hillari May 4, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    These lists are fantastic!! Now, if only it would get warm in my end of the country 😉

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Fingers crossed! It’s a little cooler here this week, so I’m guessing we won’t spend as much time outdoors as I would like….

  • Reply Barbara May 4, 2020 at 9:11 pm


    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Breathing in the fresh air feels so wonderful!

  • Reply Crystal May 4, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    So many great ideas! Sometimes I draw a blank for things to do with the kids.

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Same here. 🙂

  • Reply Jen May 4, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    This is such a fun list! I’m always trying to figure out ways to break the monotony of summer and this one is definitely going to be a challenge since we’re going to basically have a 5 month summer!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 10:33 am

      It’s definitely going to be rough! My kids aren’t even in school yet, and we’re already running out of ideas for things to do (getting out of the house seriously breaks up the monotony). So I’m glad summer’s almost here so we can spend some time outside!

  • Reply Sara - Seek Discover Learn May 5, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for compiling this list. We usually spend our summers traveling, but won’t be able to this year due to Covid-19 so we need some fresh new ideas of things that we can do around home as a family. Activities that we can do outside are even better!

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      It’s such a bummer that everyone’s travel plans have been ruined. It would have been nice to plan a trip or two!

  • Reply Sandi May 5, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Great fun, family to-do list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply TONYA May 5, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Charlene May 5, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    You’ve got quite an extensive list! I love how you thought of ideas for people with limited outdoor space at home. For myself, I’m hoping to add a patio out back this summer and replace my fire pit.

    • Reply TONYA May 6, 2020 at 8:55 am

      That sounds like a fun project. Good luck!

  • Reply Santana May 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Campfires are always a go to! I have a hard time staying up until it’s dark though 😂

    • Reply TONYA May 6, 2020 at 8:54 am

      That can be tough, especially in the summer when it’s light so much later. 🙂

  • Reply Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life May 6, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Wonderful suggestions for fun family time!

    • Reply TONYA May 6, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Jennifer May 7, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Lots of interesting and fun activities for outside time at home.

    • Reply TONYA May 7, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Alice May 7, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I enjoyed reading all these fun ideas for families getting some outside time.

    • Reply TONYA May 7, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Great to hear, thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Cindy May 9, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Great list of activities! My kids are grown but I still enjoy doing some of these.

  • Reply Melissa Jones May 9, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Great ideas!! We all need a few more ideas to keep active and entertained these days!!

  • Reply Ruth Iaela-Pukahi May 17, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Really great list! You might want to try chalk paint a try. We did this week and it’s so much more vibrant than just chalk. All it is is corn starch, water, and food coloring! Fun for both kids and parents! Heehee.

    • Reply TONYA May 18, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Ooh, that sounds like a great idea! We’ll have to try it out.

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