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100+ Ideas to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

From beach reads to road-trip tunes to essential car games, we've rounded up this summer's best boredom busters.

Summer is in full swing, and families everywhere are celebrating. Whether you're prepping for a road trip, hitting the beach for some fun in the sun, or planning a picnic with family and friends, we're wishing you a very happy summer season. Check out some of our best-of lists in the spirit of summer recreation.

14 Road-Trip Music Picks

Keep the car stereo pumping with tunes the whole family can sing along to.


40 Apps to Take Outside

These interactive outdoor apps will give kids more ways to play under the sun and stars.

37 Apps for the Road

Whether you're crossing state lines or just heading out for a day trip, don't forget to download these backseat favorites.

73 Family Movies We Love

Staying close to home? Plan a family movie night with one of these fab flicks.


54 Summer Reads

Beach reads, adventure books, read-alouds, and more: There's something for everyone on this robust book list.

What are some of your family's favorite ways to celebrate summer?

Angela Zimmerman
As manager of editorial partnerships, Angela is responsible for packaging and distributing articles and reviews to Common Sense's many content partners, helping people far and wide access advice and information around tech, entertainment, parenting, and everything in between. Angela's background is in music journalism and digital media. Prior to Common Sense, she was the editor-in-chief of the digital incarnation of Crawdaddy! Magazine, the first magazine of rock journalism in the US, and worked as a writer, editor, music researcher, and product supervisor for Wolfgang's Vault, a massive multimedia archive of music and rock memorabilia. When she's not watching episodes of Freaks and Geeks or Homeland, Angela is enjoying live music or happily outdoors in nature. Though she's an East Coaster at heart, born and raised, she currently lives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Google+