33 Free Activities to Minimize Screen Time this Summer

School’s out, and the kids are home! And soon (way too soon) you run out of all the activities you’ve been planning for summer. Then comes the “I’m bored!” and the TV being on way too much.

So we’ve gathered fun ideas for you and your kiddos to minimize screen time in your home this summer because we know it’s hard to do. And we know the research: with less screen time, kids are less aggressive, have a better diet, and sleep longer and better through the night. Here’s to a better, healthier, and happier summer!

  • Go on a walk
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Play at the park
  • Learn yoga together
  • Play a sport (frisbee, soccer, baseball)
  • Find a hill to roll down


  • Use the Reading App 
  • Read a book
  • Make a summer reading goal
  • Visit the library
  • Write and illustrate a book
  • Build a fort to read in
  • Color a picture
  • Download Bookroo Activities 
  • Make a card to give to someone
  • Make a bookmark
  • Be creative with a cardboard box
  • Fingerpaint
  • Draw with chalk


  • Clean your room without being asked
  • Clean someone else’s room
  • Make someone’s bed
  • Pick up toys
  • Leave someone a nice note on their pillow to make them happy
  • Leave a treat on a neighbor’s doorstep
  • Play a board game
  • Play a card game (War, Go Fish)
  • Make up your own game!
  • Have a paper airplane competition
  • Play hopscotch
  • Play trash ball (basketball with a box or trash can to throw in)
  • Play hide and seek
  • Re-enact the story from your favorite book

Happy summer!

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