Summertime Boredom Busters for the Whole Family

bubblesDearest mother who is worn out from the lazy days of summer. It’s going to be okay. Summertime wasn’t meant to last forever. We understand that sometimes these long drawn out days breed extreme boredom and even more extreme bickering. Because we are sinners — and our little and big people are too.

Yes, some days may seem completely idyllic. Picture perfect, if you will. And other days may find us hiding in the bathroom. Or worse, doing what we swore at the beginning of summer that we’d NEVER do: handing out screen time like it’s candy. But desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

So after conversing in length with my children about this boredom quandary, we came up with 20 things we could put on a list for them to look at whenever the boredom monster raises its monotonous ho-hum head.

These are in no way a guaranteed solution for every situation and every home. But maybe this will help get the creative juices and conversation flowing in your family.

  1.   Head outside (soccer, Bocce ball, croquet, Jazzminton, trampoline, slackline).
  2.   Find something to read (either alone or as a family).
  3.   If it’s a warm day, enjoy some WATER fun (water guns, sprinkler, kiddie pool, water balloons).
  4.   Create something (draw, craft, color, paint).
  5.   Write a story.
  6.   Hike (with an adult, of course).
  7.   Blow bubbles.
  8.   Go play at a park.
  9.   Listen to something engaging (music, radio theater, Adventures in Odyssey, audio books).
  10.   Bike.
  11.   Find a pet to love (if you have a pet, play with it; or go visit the zoo, an animal conservatory, or farm).
  12.   Make homemade playdough.
  13.   Create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
  14.   Go camping (even if this means just in your own backyard; or if it’s nasty outside, camp indoors).
  15.   Construct a blanket fort.
  16.   Picnic.
  17.   Host a fashion show (the adults can be the judges).
  18.   Build a tree house.
  19.   Plan a family game night.
  20.   Go stock up at the library. And read. And then read some more.

And don’t be afraid to encourage acts of service. Making a card for an elderly neighbor. Helping a family friend with a moving sale. Looking for ways to help and serve others. Urge your children to have eyes open beyond the boundaries of their own little worlds.

Make those screens the last resort! And when your kids start their melting poses and begin muttering those “I’m so bored I’m gonna die” phrases, you’ll have an arsenal of Go-To options to point them toward.

Hang in there, Mom! You’re doing great! And maybe add “Make Mom an iced coffee or iced tea” to the list. For sanity’s sake.

Happy summer-ing! xo

P.S. — What kinds of things are on your family’s boredom buster list? Please share in the comments. Many thanks!


Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.


  1. Good morning, Anne-Renee!

    I love your list of things to beat summer boredom! My three older brothers and I learned very quickly never to say, “I’m bored!” because Mom would always come up with a list of chores for us to do. We learned very quickly how to entertain ourselves. As an adult, I never lack for things to do. Sometimes I sort of wish I was a little bit “bored” from time to time. Between my folks and I owning and running our own Bed and Breakfast; and all the extra stuff which goes with that, to watching the grandkids, my folks teaching Sunday School at Church, me teaching Good News Club during the school year, me singing at an Assisted Living place once a month, Mom and I attending Bible Study Fellowship also during the school year and all the everyday stuff, we never lack for things to do. Mom and Dad always encouraged my brothers and I to do things for others. I used to write letters to all my relatives who were older. It was my school assignment to write a note to my great-aunts and uncles about once a month. I love seeing my SIL having my nephews and niece either draw pictures or write little notes to the elderly people in our Church.
    Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Love this, Bethany! Writing letters is a great boredom buster to add to the list. And I think my mom and your mom would get along fabulously. Haha. No saying “I’m bored” at our house growing up or you were given all sorts of chore-like options. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!! 🙂

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