How We Are Spending Our Summer {Outdoor Play Ideas}


The days have been sunny and gorgeous lately in Vancouver and summer break is starting in just a few weeks. With the nice temperature change the boys and I have been spending most of our time outdoors playing in our backyard.

Below I share some of our favourite things to do while we are outside and some of the things we are planning to do this summer while enjoying our time outdoors.


Some of our favourites are:

  • Water Balloon Fights 
  • Soccer Games
  • Simple Catch Games
  • Play Tag Together
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Play with a Frisbee
  • Sidewalk Chalk
kid splashing pool
  • Water Play: We have a small kid’s pool that we fill with some water and use to cool down. The boys splash around and have fun under the sun together. We got ours at Home Depot last summer and it has been used a lot so it was a great purchase.


  • Jumping Fun: This spring we got a new Springfree trampoline for the backyard and the boys have been loving it. They have been jumping on it daily and we’ve hosted some fun playdates with friends. We will definitely have some more trampoline parties this summer. A fantastic way to burn energy and exercise while enjoying some fresh air.  Something else we are looking forward to trying out with our trampoline this summer is the new tgoma digital gaming system. Tgoma is the first outdoor interactive gaming system designed for trampolines to get kids active outdoors. So fun!

springfree trampoline

  • Outdoor Toy Play: Sometimes the kids just want to play with their toys and taking some toys out to the backyard or deck is fun. We have a little water table we usually fill with some water and we bring out any water friendly toys or even cups for them to play with. Lots of fun!

water table toys

What are your favourite outdoor actives for your kids? How do you spend your summer days when you stay home? Share them below!

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

9 responses to “How We Are Spending Our Summer {Outdoor Play Ideas}”

  1. There’s nothing more fun than making memories outdoors.

  2. Summertime really is the best time of year, kids love playing outdoors and there’s no need for packing and wrapping them up due to the cold. So much more freedom, kids love it.

  3. your boys are going to have TONS of fun! we have a kids outdoor tree fort with a slide and swings. We are going to be setting it up this weekend. the girls are going to be overjoyed. I would love to get them a little kiddy pool to since we will be spending most of the time in our backyard

  4. Lots of water play for us! Pools, sprinklers, water guns…..

  5. Oh my goodness, that trampoline is incredible. I can imagine my girls spending hours on it. Your kids are sure to have a wonderful, and active summer.

  6. Thanks for the great ideas,i cant wait for the weather to warm up

  7. Today we went for a ride on a paved trail…..great place for the plasmacars 🙂

  8. Our favourite outdoor activities are playing frisbee and basketball. The warm weather is so enjoyable.

  9. Kids don’t play outside as much as they used to when I was a kid… It’s sad. My boys are outside as soon as they are done with homework; running wild through the neighbourhood with their friends. Free play is so important wit peers.

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