summer activities for kids in the city

Many summer activities for kids might look a little different this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions closing camps and classes. But there are plenty of great ways for your kids to enjoy summer fun in the city! Whatever their interest or age, here are some great ideas to keep your family having fun, including a delicious recipe for watermelon-kiwi popsicles.

Kids of all ages enjoy summertime, and there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities for kids during the summer that don’t cost much at all! Whether they want to explore new trails or spend time reading, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season.

sidewalk chalkWhat Are Some Good Summer Activities for Kids?

The hot months of summer are the best time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Luckily, you can stack up the fun and make a day of these activities. You may even want to share them with other parents on a family app!

  • Go for a Bike Ride– Whether or not you take the known trail, bike riding is one of the best free and fun summer activities for kids. Before heading out, ensure you have a map, sunscreen, water, and a few dollars for a warm-weather treat! You may even want to bring along a homemade picnic.
  • Make Sidewalk Chalk Art!– It goes without saying that going outdoors to play with neighborhood pals is an important part of summer. Luckily, sidewalk chalk can be a unique way to have fun! With no limits on chalk colors and the imagination, you can all come up with a fantastic mural together.
  • Visit the Park – Whether you want to go frolicking through fields or head to the playground, the park’s a great destination all year! But, if it happens to be summer, a water park or pool can be an even better destination. This is one of the best activities for preschoolers who want to get outdoors!
  • Get Creative with Crafts – Whether they’re expressing themselves through paint or making friendship bracelets, there are lots of fun DIY and craft ideas for kids. Pinterest has lots of great inspiration for this fun activity that you can modify for younger or older kids alike. You could also opt for an outdoor art afternoon when you bring paints and colors outside.

father son libraryWhat Are Your Best Cheap or Free Summer Activities for Kids?

Whether it’s fun outings to the museum or a family vacation, summer expenses can add up. Fortunately, the following things are pretty budget-friendly and might even be free!

  • Go to the Library– For the avid reader, summer can be an ideal time to catch up on reading. The library also provides plenty of cool air in the warm months. Whether your kids prefer literature or history, they can peruse the shelves for a new favorite book. If your local library isn’t opening at full-capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are lots of online library options or e-books you can explore, too.
  • Backyard Camping– It can be hard to get everyone together for a camping trip. But whether you head to a local park or your backyard, you can indulge right outside! This is among the summer activities for kids at home that will surely inspire. Share your backyard ideas on FamilyApp!
  • Cool Down at a Fountain – A dip in the pool can be great, but sometimes public pools can be very crowded. So you end up more stressed than calm! Instead, why not dip your feet in a fountain or splash park to keep cool. If you have a little room in your backyard, running through the sprinkler is always a big hit!

Summer Activities for Older Kids

Summer is a great time for older kids, too! Here are a couple of our favorite things.

  • Visit the Fair – Whether you have a local farmer’s market, amusement park, or fair, there’s a good chance something is going on in your community. Whether its food, goods or fun gifts, your teenagers will love checking out the nearest market. You can even share your farmer’s market finds on a family app!
  • Make Ice Cream – The summer months might not seem like the ideal time to get in the kitchen. However, they can be the perfect time to make some treats to keep you cool! Whatever your favorite flavor, you can make ice cream at home with a few ingredients and a little patience! If you don’t have the patience for ice cream, this recipe for popsicles is an easy and delicious summer treat for kids of all ages!
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All-Natural Watermelon Kiwi Fruit Popsicles

Enjoy this refreshing taste of summer!
Prep Time5 mins
Freeze Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clean eating, fruit, healthy, paleo, vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 63kcal


  • popsicle molds
  • food processor or blender


  • 3 cups seedless watermelon
  • 8 kiwis (already peeled)
  • 1 tsp lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime, to taste)


  • Blend watermelon and lime until liquid and pour it into popsicle molds. If you like your popsicles a little chunkier feel free to leave them in! Feel free to use as much or little lime as you like, depending on your taste preference.
  • Freeze molds for an hour.
  • Blend and liquefy kiwi. You might need to add a little water for a smoother consistency if desired.
  • Pour the kiwi into the molds, and freeze for another hour. Hint: Leave a little room at the top for the popsicles to expand when frozen!
  • Once frozen, remove from the molds and enjoy!


Serving: 1popsicle | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 0.5g | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 10g

There are plenty of summer activities for kids to keep everybody entertained during the warmer months! Whether they want to visit the park or spend time reading, there are many great indoor and outdoor activities. Do you have some favorite summer activities for kids? Share them with us in our comments! There are plenty of ways to keep the summer cheap or free while still maximizing the fun.

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Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth loves saving money and finding fun things to do on a budget- and she freely share these ideas with her friends. Her well-organized planner full of color-coded activities and meal plans is an inspiration to all.

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