This summer is certainly bound to be brighter compared to last. Looking for ideas to make the most of the summer days? Or maybe you’ve already ran out of ideas and need a few more. We put together a fairly simple, somewhat easy list of fun things to do this summer and you bet we’re making sure every single idea is marked off this year. This post has been updated for 2021.
Don’t we all start summer with the best intentions of doing something fun or creative every single day? But then we quickly find ourselves out of ideas and the next thing we know the kids have been on the iPad all afternoon. I can’t stand the idea of a wasted summer day, so below you’ll find over 25 somewhat easy summer ideas.
You’ll notice we’ve linked to a lot of local events in our area. If you’re not from Orange County, use this list to search for events in your area.
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Do the Fun Summer Things You Couldn’t Do in 2020
- Find some affordable baseball tickets from Tick Pick. Who cares where the seats are! Grab a hot dog and enjoy the experience!
- I’m partial to deep fried Snickers bars at the OC Fair but BBQ and Funnel cake sounds good too. Where is your county fair? See this list of California County Fairs and State Fairs.
- Catch a fireworks show. Laguna Beach, CA will have fireworks this Independence Day!
- Host a beach bonfire. We’re partial to the fire pits in Corona Del Mar but click here to see where else you can build a beach bonfire in Orange County.
- Find last minute hotel deals using Hotel Tonight to plan a staycation tonight! One night away with a hotel pool can change everything!
- Crank up our favorite country tunes for your next road trip. Need some ideas on where to go? We love this list of 48 best road trip destinations.
- Dance and sing to live music! Find a live outdoor concert at Five Points Amphitheater in Irvine, Pacific Amphitheater or The Hanger, both in Costa Mesa.
Fun Summer Craft Ideas, Summer Treats
- Need some DIY inspiration? Check out our Pinterest boards: DIY Ideas for Home & Gifts and Fun Projects for Kids.
- 100 Kindness Rocks painting ideas.
- Here’s 17 No-Churn Ice Cream recipes you can easily whip up for tonight’s dessert.
- Wow customers and make some money with this pineapple lemonade recipe!
- Enjoy some island vibes with this Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe.
- Try one of these popsicle recipes: milk & cereal breakfast popsicles, Dole Whip popsicles or these adults-only sangria popsicles.
- Make your own snow cones with from this list of 20 flavor combinations.
Summertime Activities Meant for Fun
- Get your little American Ninja Warriors outside with this obstacle course (here for teens and adults)!
- Bowl for free all summer long with Kids Bowl Free. Totally legit.
- Make life easy with these instant water balloons.
- Host a Spike Ball tournament or a Kan Jam tournament. Or how about a Ladder Ball, Giant Jenga, Jumbo Connect 4 tournament?
- Ride a kick scooters or an electric Bird scooter as a family.
- Go on a scavenger hunt on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.
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