13 Summer Activities To Get Kids Off The Couch

If your kids need some summer activities to get off the couch and active, we have some great ideas for you. Since the kids tend to get bored easily after that first few weeks off from school, it’s time to start encouraging them to get active with these Summer Activities To Get Kids Off The Couch!

It saddens me to think this generation is spending their summers not exploring their surroundings but valuing their self-worth based on how many likes they receive on an Instagram post.

I encourage you, as I do my kids, to put the screens away and get your kids off the couch and exploring the joys of this list of summer activities. With tweens and teenagers, this can be almost impossible. They feel too old to hang out at the pool or play with chalk but there are ways to convince them otherwise. 

Summer Activities like these are ideal to get kids off the couch and moving during summer break. No more lazy days on the couch! Get them active instead!

Summer Activities To Get Kids Off The Couch

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Summer Activities like these are ideal to get kids off the couch and moving during summer break. No more lazy days on the couch! Get them active instead!

There are some great ideas for summer activities that kids of  all ages will enjoy. It’s all about getting to your kids and figuring out what they personally enjoy doing. There are tons of fun ideas below to get your kids active this summer. 


1. Give them a scavenger hunt to complete. For younger kids this can be around your house. For older children it could be in your yard or neighborhood. You can even get teens involved with things around your town they can go hunt for. 

2. Who doesn’t love a big water fight, supply them with a few  and send them outside to have fun. Hasbro has this fun new Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Themed water guns. You can even set up some great water fight obstacles. It can hold up to 24 ounces of water and the water tank lights up for nighttime missions. 


3. When it’s cooler outside at night, buy some glow stick necklaces and play a manhunt game at night with the whole family. It’s basically a fun game of hide and seek in the dark using the glow sticks to help you find each other.




Cake-N-Bake Challenge (Hey Buddy Hey Pal):

Who Doesn’t love cake.  They younger kids will not only have fun but learn sequencing!

A totally different kind of action-packed family game with a delicious, rainbow-layer, foam cake as the center of attention! Object of the game is to, well, just be the fastest baker!

Cake-N-Bake Challenge for ages 4 and up

Players race to stack their cake slices based on the order on a game card. The first to correctly stack their cake wins a candle, and whoever collects six candles wins and gets to wear the included chef’s hat. ALSO great for preschoolers learning their colors – plus no reading required!!

We played this in my afterschool kindergarten class and they loved playing each other and just stacking the pieces of cake

Available on Amazon (MSRP: $27.99; Ages 4+)

5. Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt (Vango Toys): Avast me hearties! This newest kid’s action game from Vango has all the pirate-loving tropes for young swashbucklers!

Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt game out of package

Follow the treasure map, unlock a treasure chest, and collect the booty of gold doubloons that spill out of the Chest! Takes both luck and strategy.  Yo ho ho… this sounds like a lot of fun!!!

Again played this with my Kindergarten class.  Once they perfected the traditional way to play, you can look on Vango’s website for more challenging tasks.  They loved covering one eye while collecting the dice. Available at Target (MSRP: $19.99; Ages 4+)

6. Rainy day or too hot to be outside?  No worries puzzles are made for all ages.   Have you heard of eeBoo games and puzzles? 

Launched in 2017 by eeBoo Creative Director Mia Galison, Piece & Love jigsaw puzzles offer a fresh, impactful way to unwind at home, spend quality time together, and create something beautiful. Every high-quality jigsaw puzzle boasts glossy, sturdy pieces and satisfying interlocking pieces. The Spring 2021 collection highlights natural themes.

Buying environmental friendly products is a win win!  eeBoo is furthering their commitment to the environment in announcing the change to FSC® certified paper, made of responsibly sourced wood fiber. Most importantly eeBoo’s toys and games are so durable and well-made that they are lovingly handed down to play again and again. 

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eeboo puzzles  


7. Competition is a great motivator, see who can skip the most on Twister Moves Skip-It. It comes with a built-in counter and provides great exercise.   How many can you do without stopping? This is also a wonderful choice of summer activities that will get everyone moving. 

8. Find a fishing spot in your area and have them have a fishing contest. Grab some fishing poles, worms, and relax with some snacks for a fun day of fishing. 

9. Kids of all ages like bubbles.  The older the child/person the more exciting the tools you can use to make extraordinary bubbles.

South Beach Bubbles, headquartered in sunny south Florida, knows that kids need to run around outdoors no matter the season, the temperature or the status of the pandemic. Their award-winning line of mammoth, high-flying bubbles expands this month with three new editions: WOWmazing Unicorn and Space Editions and Winter.       

These three specialty kits join the original WOWmazing Concentrate Kit. Each kit features stickers that change before your eyes due to a drop in the temperature, the shining sun or glowing in the dark at night. 

10. Need help weeding? Give them a dollar amount for every bucket filled. This can also work great for getting them to help pick vegetables in your garden!

11. Find pick your own farms and then bring home your bounty and make a recipe together. Summer months are great for picking berries at local gardens. You could even grab a book on home canning and teach them how to preserve items for the future. 

12. Get them to find a job like babysitting or yard work for neighbors. This helps teach them responsibility while earning some money.

13. Teens love Instagram, so have them scour the neighborhood for cool photos they can post later. Make it a Teen Instagram Challenge with their friends! You can even assign a different topic each day for the month to see what they come up with to share.


These are some great summer activities that will have your kids off the couch and moving all summer long. You don’t have to worry about them just lounging around without using their imagination. Get them outside and having fun all summer long! 

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