Summer 2020 is not canceled! It doesn’t look like any summer before, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be full of fun. We’re here to help you #SaveSummer2020! We’ve put together a HUGE list of things you can do from home, in your neighborhood, or while remaining socially distant this summer!

If you do things on this list, let us know! We’d love to see your photos. Tag @Stateline_Kids on Instagram and Stateline Kids on Facebook! Use the hashtag #play815 and #SaveSummer2020.

We’ll be sharing our experiences doing things on this list on social media so be sure to like Stateline Kids on Facebook to follow the fun.

Happy Summer 2020, Stateline Families!

  1. Go camping in your backyard.
  2. Buy a new family game and have family game night.
  3. Take a bike ride on one of the paved paths in the Rockford area.
  4. Dance in the rain and find the biggest puddle to jump in.
  5. Sign your kid up for a week of in-person or virtual summer camp.
  6. Make a coronavirus time capsule for 2020
  7. Take a selfie at the Symbol in downtown Rockford and walk down the bike path.
  8. Bake and decorate cookies.
  9. Take the Pringles challenge and see if you can build a circle with chips.
  10. Turn your campfire flames a different color with household items. Here’s how to do it.
  11. Try a new twist on lemonade by adding lilacs. Here’s the recipe.
  12. Go on a Downtown Safari in Rockford on June 13th to find all of the animals in store windows.
  13. Turn on the sprinkler and run through. Need a sprinkler? This Unicorn one is awesome.
  14. Roast the perfect marshmallow. Here are some tips on how to do it over a campfire.
  15. Build a massive pillow and blanket fort in the living room. Here’s an option!
  16. Sign up for a CSA and enjoy fresh produce all summer.
  17. Create a swing painting work of art. Here’s how to do it.
  18. Hike at Rock Cut State Park. Here’s a map of the trails in the park.
  19. Go see a drive-in movie at a drive-in theater an hour from Rockford.
  20. Try a new ice cream shop or visit an old favorite. 
  21. Sign up for your local library’s online summer reading program.
  22. Road Trip! Visit Lake Geneva’s Drive Thru Safari.
  23. Buy a vegetable you’ve never tried at one of Rockford’s Farmer’s Market.
  24. Try a game of disc golf. Anna Page Park in Rockford has one of the best disc golf courses in Illinois!
  25. Take the kids fishing at Pierce Lake in Rock Cut State Park. Kids under 16 do not need a fishing license in Illinois or Wisconsin.
  26. Teach your kid how to play a round of golf at the 9 hole Sinnissippi course. Book your tee time here.
  27. Create a chalk masterpiece on your driveway or sidewalk. Here are some fun sidewalk chalk ideas and recipes.
  28. Have a water balloon fight or play water balloon games. Here are 20 games you can play.
  29. Play a game of tennis at one of our local tennis courts.
  30. Put a blanket on the lawn and star gaze. Here’s how to find the summer constellations.
  31. Have a tea party complete with tea or lemonade and snacks. Invite your favorite stuffed animals.
  32. Do an outdoor scavenger hunt at Severson Dells.
  33. Sign up for the 20 in 2020 challenge from 815Outside and visit 20 new parks or forest preserves.
  34. Make homemade pizza. Here’s a classic recipe.
  35. Catch and release fireflies. Here’s a cute bug habitat you can keep them in to observe.
  36. Take a walking tour of downtown Rockford to see the beautiful murals.
  37. Make a homemade rootbeer float. Try Orange Crush to make a Dreamsicle float. 
  38. Have a tie-dye party and make some fun clothing! Get a kit here.
  39. Road Trip! Head to East Dundee to get your fair food fix at Santa’s Village Fair Food Drive Thru.
  40. Watch a sunset.
  41. Let the kids set up a driveway lemonade stand. Here are some ideas.
  42. Have a picnic outside at one of our local forest preserves.
  43. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger or neighbor.
  44. Pick up a pack of seeds at Nature at the Confluence and grow your own sunflowers then enter the Stateline Sunzilla contest.
  45. Buy some vegetable or flower plants and grow your own garden.
  46. Start a family band. Practice learning and singing one song together that you can perform for grandparents or friends on Zoom.
  47. Get some family photos taken.
  48. Go geocaching around the 815 and 608. Here’s how to do it.
  49. Make your super bouncy balls with three ingredients.
  50. Enjoy some local eats at Rockford’s Food Truck Drive Thru at Rivets Stadium.
  51. Get some new backyard toys like a sprinkler or slip and slide. Here’s a list of great options.
  52. Hunt for, paint and hide kindness rocks in your neighborhood. 
  53. Have a basement or living room slumber party and movie night.
  54. Spend the afternoon making slime. Here’s a recipe for fluffy slime.
  55. Set up a car, bike or toy wash in your driveway.
  56. Make homemade play dough. Here’s a no cook 5 minute recipe.
  57. Take a walk around the peaceful Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville.
  58. Visit the animals at Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere.
  59. Visit a drive-thru and order what the person in front of you ordered.
  60. Climb a tree.
  61. Take a selfie with the sock monkey statue outside of Midway Village.
  62. Play video games as a family. Bust out any old game systems you have and teach your kids how to play.
  63. Visit Klehm Arboretum and take a look at beautiful flowers. Klehm is currently taking donations for admission.
  64. Make some bubble solution and blow bubbles. Here are two bubble solution recipes.
  65. Enjoy a dinner outside at one of the Rockford area restaurants with patios.
  66. Watch the clouds and look for shapes.
  67. Have a LEGO building contest. Here is a 30-day LEGO challenge calendar for ideas.
  68. Make mud pies.
  69. Take your magnetic tiles outside to build on the garage door or your car. Get a set of magnetic tiles here.
  70. Order a family size meal for carryout and eat it on your porch or deck.
  71. Take a virtual tour of the Nicholas Conservatory Butterfly exhibit.
  72. Get a slushie or slurpee.
  73. Make friendship bracelets and mail to friends. Here are some beginner designs.
  74. Listen to a kids friendly podcast as a family. 
  75. Find the Kona Ice truck and enjoy some shaved ice. 
  76. Make homemade ice cream. Here’s a way you can make it in a plastic bag.
  77. Fly a kite in one of our area parks. Here’s a fun octopus kite
  78. Visit a local fruit stand and buy a watermelon to eat. Try it grilled! 
  79. Make a fancy s’More. Here are some cool options.
  80. Do a science experiment with kitchen items. Here’s how to make a volcano.
  81. Read the newest J.K. Rowling free online book, The Ickabog, together. 
  82. Play flashlight tag in your yard.
  83. Watch a classic summer movie like The Sandlot.
  84. Color paper lunch bags or drop off a donation for Miss Carly’s. 
  85. Document your day. Use a camera or iPhone to take pictures of your day. Here’s a VTech camera for kids.
  86. Play an outdoor game like cornhole, dice, or Jenga. Find some here.
  87. Go on a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
  88. Go creek stomping or splashing.
  89. Put up a bird feeding and do some bird watching. Here are the birds commonly found in our area. 
  90. Bake or cook a new recipe. Here are 21 fun recipes kids can make.
  91. Celebrate a half-birthday or summer birthday. Here are some ideas on how to make it special.
  92.  Try a virtual music class or dance lesson.
  93. Plan your next vacation. Dream of next summer’s big adventure together.
  94. Do an at-home spa day with face masks, nail painting, and steamed towels.
  95. Make homemade strawberry lemon popsicles. Here’s a popsicle mold to make them in.
  96. Try a virtual escape room for kids. Here’s a big list of 25 free virtual escape rooms.
  97.  Fill a squirt gun or spray bottle with paint and make a squirt painting.
  98. Create an outdoor board game with chalk on your driveway. Here’s a fun game to try.
  99. Take a long scenic drive. The drive to Galena, Illinois is beautiful.
  100. Have one night with no bedtimes and stay up as late as you can.
  101. Make an ice block treasure hunt for some outdoor water fun. 

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