Summer camps are an excellent way for your kids to enjoy some summer fun and spend time with other kids, but those summer camps can quickly drain your bank account if you’re not careful! If you’re looking for a few ways to help you plan a fun summer camp for your kids, here are some ideas to help you get started!

Summer camp ideas for kids

Summer Camp Ideas for Kids

Take your camping to the backyard

Pitch your tent right there in the backyard and plan a backyard camping trip with your kids! You can roast s’mores and do other fun camping activities right from home! To make it more like a sleepaway camp, you can even have each child have their own personal sleeping bag!

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Tie-Dye Shirts

Tie-dying shirts are a great inexpensive way for your kids to get creative! You can have a tie-dye shirt day as part of your summer camp activities! You can find tie-dye kits for very inexpensive and some plain white t-shirts for them to use to make their very own one-of-a-kind creation. When you’re done with dying shirts, whip up these fun friendship bracelets! 

Do some stargazing

After the sun goes down and you’ve finished your last meal, take your kids outside for a little bit of stargazing! You can lay on the grass and look up at the sky to see what kind of stars and planets you can find.

Make a scavenger hunt for your kids

Create a fun outdoor or indoor scavenger hunt that your kids will love! You can make your own on a sheet of paper that includes things like animals, trees, and other things in your area, or you can find a generic one online that you can purchase and give to your kids.

Create some fun water games

Water games are a fun way to help your kids cool off and help beat the heat on a hot summer day. Make a sponge dodgeball area in your backyard, or make an obstacle course with water balloons and buckets. You can get as creative as you want to depending on the size of your yard. You could also add a slip and slide, water wheel, or even a water play table if you have little ones participating.

Get some oversized outdoor games

A huge part of summer camp is all the different activities that there are to do. Set up stations for your kids in the backyard with oversized games that you can play as a family or that they can play with amongst themselves.

Here are some great ideas:

Build a fort

If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity you can do with your kids, building a fort is a fantastic idea! You can gather up all the blankets and sheets in the house. See how large of a fort you can make out of what you have!

You don’t have to be a camp counselor to plan a fun summer camp for your kids! These are great ideas for a themed birthday party or summer fun for your kids.


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