83 Fun Things to do this Summer

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Dear Mom,

Are you looking for fun things to do this summer? Do you need some sanity savers?

You’ve come to the right place!

Many of the places to go are local to me as I compiled it for my MOPS group.
However, this list is still filled with extraordinary ideas that are adaptable no matter where you are!
There are three sections: places to go, at home boredom busters, and self-care.

If you want to add something fun or helpful, then please list in the comments so we can all benefit! Thanks!

Moms, do you need some sanity savers this summer? Here are 83 fun things to do! Places to go, Boredom Busters, and Self Care. All can be found at saralaurenlewis.com/83-fun-things-summer



  • Sibling Sleepover
  • Family Movie outside
  • Paint boxes in garage
  • Set up tent
  • Marshmallow guns
  • Masterchef competition
  • Laundry baskets
  • Obstacle course in backyard
  • Treasure hunt (make a map, bury something small in backyard or hidden under something)
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Sprinkler
  • Homemade bird feeders with toilet paper rolls
  • Clean things—wipe cupboards, chairs, fridge door, etc.
  • Play with bubbles in sink/wash things too!
  • Bake
  • Wash car
  • Water painting on deck or pavement
  • Water balloons
  • Dandelion picking
  • Toy rotation
  • Bucket List
  • Khanacademy FREE online learning. 


  • Bath
  • Color with the Kids
  • Trade Babysitting
  • Date Night
  • Girls Night
  • Organize Something
  • Daily Bible Reading and Prayer — Recommend Bible App and First Five App
  • Exercise
  • Take a Nap
  • Keep a Gratitude List or Thankful Journal
  • Have Sex with your Husband 😉
  • Get up Earlier and Get Ready for the Day
  • Ask For Help
  • Stay Connected with Friends
  • Call a Mentor Mom!
  • Join a book club
  • Eat some chocolate
  • Find a new favorite healthy meal or snack
  • Read a good book (currently reading Wonderstruck) or an encouraging blog post
  • Call your mom or favorite relative
  • Sit in the sunshine (bonus points for sitting outside!)
  • Get crafty
  • Wear an outfit you love
  • Listen to music (classical, encouraging, or whatever is on your favorite playlist)
  • Drink more water. It really does help.
  • Paint your nails
  • Get your hair done
  • Pick some flowers (or buy some for yourself)
  • Put on some perfume or a dab of essential oils.
  • Bake or cook something and take it to a friend. Stay to chat if you can.
  • Dance. In the kitchen, in the grocery store. Music is optional.
  • Go to bed early
  • Start a new hobby or pick up an old one
  • Set goals. Write them down. Put them on the calendar.
  • Laugh
  • Have a Mom Retreat


All four of these owners have generously donated to my local MOPS group.

Thank you! I already loved each of these local businesses, but I love them even more for supporting the moms I adore!


What fun things would you add?

I’d love to read your answers in the comments!


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  1. valerie says:

    My kids are in their last week of school. I’m looking forward to some laid back time. Even though my kids only get one month off of school I will be sure to hear “There’s nothing to do.” These are some great activities! Thank you!

    • Sara says:

      Yes, the self-care items are beneficial for just about everyone! Glad you are taking care of yourself, because you’re worth it! 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a great list! Summer is so full of possibilities, isn’t it?

    Thanks so much for mentioning my article about Planning a Mom Retreat. We moms sometimes need to make and take a break for ourselves!

    • Sara says:

      Thanks! Yes, summer is my favorite season 🙂

      You’re so welcome. It was an easy choice being such an amazing resource!

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