Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy with Young Kids

This past weekend we had a family water gun fight in the front yard.

My two-and-a-half-year-old son, David, is currently obsessed with water guns, trucks, and bulldozers, so he was thrilled. It can be tricky to keep an active toddler busy, so this was a great way to spend some quality time with our kid, use up some of his energy, and have fun with some easy activities. It was also cost-effective, as I only spent a few dollars.

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Here are some other fun summer activities to do with young kids:

  • Playing in a sand box. My son loves the turtle sandbox at my parent’s house; he will play in there for hours. In particular, he likes using his bulldozers to move the sand around. 
  • Take your kids to a park and play t-ball or catch.  
  • There is a great duck pond on UNM Campus where you can enjoy a variety of wildlife, including fish, turtles, ducks, sparrows, and pigeons–all of whom appreciate a wholesome snack, such as oats or corn. 

    Duck Pond

  • Get a kiddie pool for your backyard. These pools are safe, inexpensive, and a good way to cool off during those hot summer days!
  • Have a water gun or water balloon fight (if you get biodegradable balloons, you don’t even have to worry about the cleanup.) Even at two-and-a-half, my son really gets into this.  
  • Taking walks or hikes. There are a number of great walking and hiking trails in and around Albuquerque and in the foothills, so getting out to explore is a fun summer activity. Be careful and aware of your surroundings; rattlesnakes also like some of these areas.  
  • Bike rides. My parents just gave David an early birthday gift called a KaZAMThis is a bike designed to help toddlers learn how to ride, practice balance, etc.  David loves it. Taking him to the park to play around with is a good activity to do with him.  


  • Another good way to engage young kids is having them help with yard work. Get them a small set of tools, or find tools that fit them and let them dig in the yard, water the trees, or plant a garden. It can be a great teaching tool.  

Whatever activities you choose, I hope you are able to get in some great outdoor fun!

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One Response to Fun Summer Activities to Enjoy with Young Kids

  1. Audra Powers
    Audra Powers June 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm #

    Love the duck pond at UNM! We need to make another trip soon.