Adoption agency summer activitiesSummer is half over and you’re probably running out of ideas of how to keep the kids entertained. Whether they are driving you crazy inside or this is your hundredth trip to the beach, it’s time to break out of the summer rut and find new, exciting, family-friendly, and affordable activities for you and your kids. Because our adoption center is made up of parents just like you, we have put together a list of our favorite, budget-friendly summer ideas so you can end the season with some fun — just one reason why we are our birth and adoptive parents first choice when it comes to finding an adoption agency in California.


Not only does gardening help you and the kids get out of the house, but it can be a fun and educational opportunity for your kids to learn about where their food comes from and how to take care of something. While July isn’t a great month to start a new crop, you can plant vegetables such as:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Snapbeans

Make Popsicles

Popsicles are a perfect summer treat for the whole family. However, store-bought popsicles are full of sugar and artificial flavors. Create guilt-free treats and memories by making your own healthy popsicles with the kids. If you are looking for tasty, simple-to-make recipes, see this article in Today’s Parent.

family summer activitiesCamping

Take yourself away from the world for a while and go camping with the family away from the city. This is a great time to really bond and have fun away from technology, work, and the stresses of day-to-day life. If you need inspiration for where to go, see Orange County’s list for best overnight camping locations.

Outdoor Movie Nights

Everyone loves watching movies, and when you watch them outside it brings a level of fun and adventure that kids just can’t resist. To do this, you can use a simple white sheet hung in your backyard, and rent or borrow a movie projector. The only hard part about this summer activity is choosing a movie.

“I’m Bored” Jar

Possibly one of the most tiring phrases your kids say, “I’m bored” puts an obligation on you to entertain your children day in and day out. While it’s fun for you to play with them, it can be exhausting to keep coming up with new things for them to do. Having a jar full of ideas that your kids can pull from when they feel bored is a great way to keep you sane and keep them active. If you need suggestions for what to add, check out this Diary of a Frugal Family post!

children writing bookWrite and Publish a Book

It’s not as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is provide your kids with story starters, and let them take the reigns as to writing. With Illustory, you have your own make-a-book kit that will help you create a hardcover final version of your child’s imaginative creation. Having a larger project like this that they can return to periodically over the summer is a great way to keep encouraging them to use their imagination and brain outside of school.

These are just a few of our favorite fun summer activities! Use these as inspiration to create the best summer yet with your family, and let us know what you and your family do to get out of your Southern California summer rut.