Livin’ it up – summer shenanigans

conquer summer boredom

Hey you! Has summer boredom gotten to you lately? Know people who are bored to death and don’t know what to do with themselves? Fear no more! Here is a list of ways to keep yourself busy collected from many online sources and people. Looking for more serious things to do? Check out these 10 pro-life ways to keep busy (or scroll to the end for specifically Catholic things to do).

  1. Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt
  2. Makeovers (maybe even blinded)
  3. Have a paint fight
  4. Chubby Bunny
  5. Dramatic Hamster Reenactment
  6. Learn how to do each others hair
  7. Go to the beach
  8. Get your nails done at the salon
  9. Have a photoshoot
  10. Make or decorate T-shirts
  11. Draw (and fingerpaint!)
  12. Cook
  13. Ride your bikes
  14. Take a day hike
  15. Have a picnic lunch at a park
  16. Dance party!
  17. Karaoke
  18. Make up an ultimate handshake
  19. Go caroling to people’s houses (even after Christmas)
  20. Play Truth or Dare
  21. Play Would You Rather
  22. Skype people
  23. Have a race on your street
  24. Walk around your town
  25. Make friendship bracelets
  26. Mod podge something
  27. Just Dance
  28. Make a music video
  29. Go mini golfing
  30. Have a fashion show
  31. Mall Scavenger Hunt
  32. Pull pranks
  33. Dye your hair
  34. Call someone to tell them you can’t talk right now
  35. Fill water balloons with soap and water and wash your car
  36. Go to McDonalds and ask for a happy meal with extra happy.
  37. Put a Walkie-Talkie in a gnome and shout at people when they walk by!
  38. Put a dora doll in the middle of Walmart. When someone tries to pick it up yell “SWIPER NO SWIPING”.
  39. Put a walkie talkie in your mailbox and shout at everyone who walks by.
  40. Super glue a quarter to the floor and see how many people try to pick it up.
  41. Draw crazy faces on all the eggs in the fridge and make them look scared.
  42. With a serious face, order diet water when you go out to eat
  43. Hide a walkie talkie in your tree and scream when people walk by.
  44. Fill 100 water balloons and put them all on a trampoline see how wet you get
  45. Go into the middle of a crowd and call out a random name and see who replies.
  46. Stand in the middle of a crowded place and point up. Everyone will look.
  47. Empty out a stapler. Then go up to someone and fake staple their chest…watch the result!
  48. In the middle of a serious conversation, announce what color your toothbrush is.
  49. Put plastic wrap on a doorway and wait for people to walk into it.
  50. Put a stickynote on a drive thru microphone that says “Speaker broken. Please yell.” Wait and watch…
  51. Get friends and fill up balloons with paint and have a war.
  52. Give as many high fives to people at WalMart as possible. (Keep track and make high scores!).
  53. Point into the sky and say “Look a dead bird”. See how many people look up.
  54. Go to Burger King and ask them for directions to McDonalds.
  55. Walk through a store calling out marco and see how many polos you get back.
  56. Write, “I know where you live!” and put it on peoples mailboxes.
  57. Wrap each other in bubble wrap them run into each other
  58. Dress up like a secret service agent and follow random people around.
  59. Smile at random people passing by and when they smile back, frown.
  60. Sit on both of your legs. When both legs go entirely numb, RUN. You won’t make it.
  61. Go up to a person and ask “Can I ask you a question?” When they say sure say thanks and walk away.
  62. Run around the city tagging people saying “you’re it” and run away…see if they chase you.
  63. Make home-made ice cream and sorbet.
  64. Do summer twister by spray painting the spots on grass.
  65. Play water balloon sports (baseball, volleyball…)
  66. Water balloon piñata
  67. Beach bonfire
  68. Sleep under the stars
  69. Go camping.
  70. Play in the sprinklers
  71. Thumb wrestle
  72. Go to the library
  73. Learn how to fold origami
  74. Hopscotch
  75. Go fishing.
  76. Go Geocaching.
  77. Learn fancy jump-roping moves.
  78. Feed ducks
  79. Learn a line dance
  80. Go berry picking
  81. Game night!
  82. Read
  83. Finish that around-the-house project you’ve been meaning to do forever
  84. Make popcorn
  85. Color with crayons in a coloring book
  86. Drive-in movie
  87. Bob for apples
  88. Make some ideas from Pinterest
  89. Do game shows at home
  90. Go vader-ing
  91. Organize family photos
  92. Make an obstacle course
  93. Play in the mud
  94. Visit a nursing home and sing for them
  95. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  96. Start an exercise program
  97. Go swimming
  98. Play Frisbee
  99. Send a hand-written letter to someone who could use a thoughtful note

Catholic things to do…

  1. Pray a novena
  2. Make a “Things Catholic ______’s Say” video and post it on YouTube
  3. Go to adoration
  4. Read a Catholic book (Here is a free copy of an MUST READ)
  5. Watch YouTube videos of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (He is a BEAST speaker)
  6. Volunteer at your church
  7. Go to Mass during the week
  8. Learn about saints
  9. Like Catholic Memes on Facebook and share the Catholic humor 🙂
  10. Pick a book of the Bible and use a guide to read it in depth
  11. Go to confession on a regular basis
  12. Call Catholic Answers Live with that burning question you have about Catholicism

Have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comment section, and I’ll add them to the list!


4 thoughts on “Livin’ it up – summer shenanigans

  1. Great list, Laura!
    For specifically Catholic ideas, I would add:
    1. Learn how to, and make, a Rosary
    2. Find a church nearby with relics of a Saint and go visit and pray.
    3. Watch Classic Mother Angelica on EWTN
    4. Read something by GK Chesterton
    5. Plant a Mary Garden
    6. Create an outdoor stations of the cross in your backyard
    7. Make a meal for a neighbor you know could use a break
    8. Offer to babysit for free for the Catholic Mother with more than 1.8 children
    9. Write a Father’s Day card to your parish priest
    10. Read about the Saint of the Day each day, by end of summer you’ll know about 90 amazing people.
    11. Host a free carwash with your friends and collect donations for a crisis pregnancy center
    12. Have an entire conversation with a friend in Latin, or chant it in English.


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