31+ Screen-Free Activities for the Summer


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My husband and I made the decision not to let our kids watch TV, unless the Dallas Cowboys or Liverpool are playing, of course. We are fully aware that at some point, they will watch TV, but until we get there, we will ride this out as long as possible. Now that summer is here, school is out, and classes have slowed down, I am always on the lookout for different screen-free things to fill up our time.

There are a lot of local things that you can do in the city of Fort Worth. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Splash Pads – Check out what Fort Worth Mom’s Blog posted a few weeks ago with all of the splash pads in the metroplex.

Fort Worth Zoo – This place is rated one of the top in the country, and we are so lucky to have it in our backyard.

Children’s Museum – Kids of all ages will enjoy their time here. There is so much to do.

Cowtown Bucket List – Here are some great ideas of things you can do as a family over the summer in the Fort Worth area.


Now onto a list of things to do at home:

Art and Science Sun Prints – This is a quick activity to prep for, that you can do with a variety of ages.

FREE Things to Do – Here are 200 FREE things that you can easily do over the summer months.

Do It Yourself Science Camp – There are eight weeks worth of fun science activities that you can easily do at your home over the summer.

Painting Rocks – Kids love rocks and kids love painting, so why not mix the two together?

Gigantic Bubbles – Everything you need to know about how to make the biggest bubbles you have ever seen.

Melted Bead Suncatcher Custom Shapes – This is a great craft that all kids can enjoy, and it will be perfect to hang on your window over the summer.

Indoor Chalk Activity – You can draw a little town with chalk and let your kids use their imagination to play on it.

Scavenger Hunts – Here are 20 scavenger hunts that are perfect for the summer.

Erupting Ice Chalk – Kids are guaranteed to love this activity. So much fun!

Summer Reading Programs – Here are FREE summer reading programs for grades K-8th to help encourage your little ones to continue reading while away from school.


Cardboard Community Buildings – Do you have a lot of cardboard boxes at your house? This will keep your kids busy for hours.

Map Your Backyard – This a great way to teach your kids about geography, while having fun. After making the map of your backyard, the kids can have a treasure hunt!

Frozen Color Mixing – A fun way to teach kids about color and states of matter on a hot, sunny day.

Busy Boxes – Here are 25 low prep busy boxes to keep those little hands occupied.

Bubble Prints – Kids can play with bubbles and do art in this easy activity.

Water Shooter Tie Dye Outdoor Fun – This looks like an amazing way to spend an afternoon. I have no doubt your kids would love this fun activity.

Geocaching – Have you ever tried this before? We have some friends that do this a lot around the Fort Worth area.

Sun-Upcycled Crayons – A fun science experiment that kids can enjoy afterwards.


Paper Plate Frisbee – Kids can create and decorate their own Frisbee to play with.

Pool Noodle Activities – Here are five FUN things you can do in your backyard with pool noodles.

Nature Notebook for Kids – This gives you instructions and printables to create your own nature notebook. A perfect interactive science activity for your little ones!

Chalk Paint – A great way to take regular chalk to a whole new level.

Homemade Bath Paints – A quick and easy recipe that will allow for the best bath time ever.

Developmental Activities for Kids – Here is a long list of developmental activities that you can encourage your kids to do while they are at home for the summer. FREE printables are included.

Fly Swatter Painting – Take painting to a whole new level with fly swatters!

Water Activities – Here is a list of fun water toys and activities that you can easily do in your own backyard.

Bucket List – Here are instructions on how to make a summer bucket list and 50 things that you can quickly add to it.

For more activities that you can do throughout the summer (and school year) click {here} to go to my Pinterest page for ideas.

What are your favorite screen-free activities?


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