15+ Summer Play Date Ideas

15+ Summer Play Date Ideas

For kids, summer is a wonderful time to stay home from school, play in the sun, and of course, meet friends. If you’re organizing a play date, there are so many things you can set up for the kids to do.

15+ summer play date ideas including crafts, fun activities and fun healthy snacks for kids

Here are more than 15 fun play date ideas for your kids this summer. 

All of these ideas use simple and basic craft supplies from around the home and will not break the bank, helping you to save money this summer while still giving the kids a great time. 


Try this fun DIY Recycling Game that the kids can help make too. It’s bound to keep them busy for a couple of hours!


Play dough is an all-time favourite with kids, and you can make it even more fun with this Alien Planet Play Dough Mat. Download the free printable and get started.


Legos are another favourite, and here are some ideas to Build Lego Trucks.


A very summer-themed activity is making Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cones. These look so good!


You can also keep kids busy with the simplest of materials – try this Packing Peanuts Construction Play.


Another bright and colourful craft to try are these cute Toy Surfboards!


Who doesn’t like chocolate?! Imagine the fun kids can have with this Chocolate Cloud Dough you can make at home.


Try a new way to paint with this Yarn Roller Printing activity. It’s not too messy and makes great patterns!


It’s very easy to make these Pom Pom Shooters which the kids will love playing with again and again.


A very creative and child-led art activity is this Toddler Art with Dots that even older kids will like doing.


Few kids will be able to resist the allure of this Sparkly Sidewalk Chalk Paint that’s easy to make!


If it’s not too hot to explore the backyard, this Nature Weaving Activity would be lots of fun!


Another fun project to do outside is making these Upcycled Crayons in a DIY solar heater.


Kids love making their own food too. Try this healthy Turtle Snack with fresh summer fruits.


Or how about these dark chocolate dipped Strawberry ‘Flowers’?


These kid-made Ice Cream Pops are sure to be a hit!


This Rainbow Painted Popcorn made with milk paint is a fun activity and snack in one.


Tarana Khan is an expat mom to a toddler. She loves writing and has done her stints as a copywriter, reporter and content editor, before embracing parenthood full time. She blogs at Sand In My Toes, where you can drop by to read more of her parenting and other adventures! Tarana also has a series called Busy Hands where you can find more activities and craft for toddlers and preschoolers. You can also catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

29 thoughts on “15+ Summer Play Date Ideas”

  1. Thank you so much for this! You know I have this problem because my youngest would get separation anxiety from her classmates come summertime, but when her friends get invited over, she’s actually too shy to propose doing anything! It frustrates her, and of course, me as well. These ideas would make our next playdates less awkward and more fun!
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