Fun Summer Activities to Do with Your Kids

Summer is the perfect time to relieve some stress, have fun, and make great memories with your kids. The weather is warm, school is out, and there's plenty of time for exciting activities. Here are some fun ideas for summer activities you can do with your children.

Outdoor Adventures

Picnics in the Park

  • Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit, and snacks, and head to your local park. Bring a blanket, and maybe a frisbee or a soccer ball, and enjoy a relaxing day outdoors. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and spend quality time together.

Hiking and Nature Walks

  • Find a nearby trail or nature reserve and go for a hike. Look for interesting plants, animals, and rocks along the way. You can even bring a guidebook to learn more about the nature around you. It’s a fun way to get exercise and explore.

Hiking trail at Red Rocks in ColoradoHiking Trail at Red Rocks in Colorado
  • Here is Castle Rock, there are many options to get outside!  You could head out to the bike park at Rhyolite Regional Park or to Rock Park to climb to the base of the historic landmark, “The Rock.”

Creative and Educational Activities

Arts and Crafts

  • Get creative with arts and crafts at home. You can paint, draw, or make crafts using materials like paper, glue, and recycled items. Try making friendship bracelets, painting rocks, or creating collages from old magazines. It’s a fantastic way to let your kids’ imaginations run wild.

Science Experiments

  • Summer is a great time for fun science experiments. You can make a volcano using baking soda and vinegar, create slime, or build a simple rocket. These activities are not only fun but also educational, sparking curiosity and learning.

Fun at Home

Backyard Camping

  • Set up a tent in your backyard and have a camping night. Roast marshmallows, tell stories, and stargaze. You get the camping experience without having to leave home. It's a wonderful way to bond and enjoy the great outdoors.

Enjoying nature while camping in a tent

Family Game Nights

  • Spend an evening playing board games or working on puzzles together. It’s a fantastic way to have fun and enjoy some friendly competition. Choose games that everyone can play, and maybe even discover a new family favorite.

Exploring the Community

Visit a Museum or Zoo

  • Check out local museums or zoos. Many places offer summer programs and special events for kids.  It’s a fun way to learn and see new things. Plus, these outings can inspire curiosity and excitement about the world.

Library Programs

  • Many libraries offer summer reading programs and activities. You can attend storytime sessions, participate in reading challenges, and join craft workshops. It’s a great way to keep your kids engaged and excited about reading.

  • If you’re looking for some ideas to get started, check out these activities at Douglas County Libraries!

Events in Castle Rock, CO

  • Check out the lineup in Castle Rock’s Summer Concert Series and get ready for a night of music and fun! There’s something for everyone in your family!

Woman playing a guitar

  • Pack up the family and head down to Festival Park for First Fridays!  Pick up dinner from a selection of food trucks and listen to live music outside as you enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather.

These activities will not only keep your children entertained but also help create lasting memories. Enjoy the summer with lots of fun, laughter, and togetherness!


Douglas County Libraries, 2024, Accessed June 2024.

Town of Castle Rock Parks & Recreation, 2024, Accessed June 2024.

Town of Castle Rock Parks & Recreation, 2024, Accessed June 2024.

Town of Castle Rock Parks & Recreation, Accessed June 2024.