Summer fun + games: 11 ways to enjoy the season with your kids 🏖️

What is it about summer that feels so magical? Maybe it's the longer days, the warmer temperatures, or simply the chance to spend more time outdoors, but whatever it is, we firmly believe summer should be FUN.

For the mamas looking for a little warm weather inspiration, we put together an easy list of family activities to try this season (plus product recommendations from Pottery Barn Kids to help make your outings extra special). Happy summer!

1. Hit the beach.

Lilly Pulitzer Let's Cha-Cha Round Beach Towel

(Or lake or pond or riverside!) A little sand and surf are the perfect way to reconnect and soak up the sun this summer. When you're ready to dry out or just need a soft spot to reapply sunscreen, curl up on this sweet family beach towel.

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2. Search for seashells.

Blue Stripe Beach Cover Up

Whether you start a collection or just spend the afternoon seeking the perfect shell specimen, hunting for shells is a great way to occupy busy little minds. Keep them safe from the sun while you seek with a charming cover up.

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3. Attend a pool party.

Solid Harper Wet/Dry Bags

No beach nearby? A pool party is a great way to cool down with friends no matter where you live. Bring along this cute wet/dry bag to pack up swimsuits and towels when the swim is over.

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4. Plan a picnic.

Navy/White Stripe Family Pop-Up Tent

What is it about food eaten outside that just tastes a little better? Picnics with kids are an easy way to sneak in some extra vitamin D and adventure. Simply throw some sandwiches, snacks, and drinks in a cooler, grab this fun pop-up tent, and enjoy your spread in a nearby park—or even the backyard!

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5. Run through the sprinkler.

Cactus Inflatable Sprinkler

For the ultimate summer throwback, all you need is a stretch of grass and a hose. Give your sprinkler fun a punch of personality with a fun inflatable, like this cool cactus.

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6. Take a trip.

Mackenzie Navy/Orange Gingham Hard Sided Spinner Luggage

A vacation is the perfect way to take advantage of the extra time off as a family. Whether you get away for a week or just a night, spend time exploring a new locale (and tote everything you need in a cute suitcase).

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7. Go on a nature walk.

Fairfax Insulated Water Bottles

Spend your summer getting to know the local flora and fauna. Prep kids with guidebooks or checklists of things to look for on their journey to keep their minds engaged. When it's time to break, pass out these insulated water bottles to cool them down.

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8. Work on the summer reading list.

Tan with Charcoal Trim Mini Teepee

As much as we love a busy summer, it's just as important to take time to unwind together. Spend an afternoon or two enjoying the great indoors by snuggling up with your favorite summer reads in this tent.

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9. Have a sleepover.

Shaggy Head Sleeping Bags

After a year of school nights, take advantage of the extra free time by planning a sleepover for your children's friends. (And when the sleeping bags are this cozy, they might even sleep!)

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10. Movie night at home.

Gray Lightning Anywhere Beanbag

Or keep everyone close to home with a family movie night. Set out popcorn and candy and make sure everyone has a comfy place to crash—like these soft beanbag chairs.

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11. Blow some bubbles.

Bubble Splasher

Summer should be whimsical and fun—so simple, iconic activities go a long way. Blow a stream of bubbles, watch them sparkle in the sun and enjoy every bright, dazzling moment with your family, mama. Here's to non-stop fun!

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