Five Awesome Family Activities for the Summer
The summer is quickly approaching, and for your kids that means hours upon hours of school-free fun. For busy parents, this can be a daunting challenge, as filling these hours with interesting activities isn’t always the easiest of tasks. If you’re looking for ways to keep the family happy and create some amazing memories, consider these five awesome family activities.
- A Summertime Reading Club
Keeping your little ones mentally stimulated in the months they have off of school is important, and you can make reading sound more enticing by putting together a special summertime reading club for your family. Trips to the library are sure to be a fun way to whittle away at the long hours of sunlight (and the air conditioning doesn’t hurt either). Getting your little ones their very own library cards is a special moment, and will definitely have them asking to head back to the library every chance they get. Many local libraries offer a schedule of activities for children, including classes, performances, and crafts. Beyond books, your little ones can check out video games and DVDs at the library, so even the most resistant of kids will be turned into a library fanatic by the time fall comes around.
- A Fourth of July Barbecue
Summer means pulling on the shorts, pulling out the barbecue, and hosting backyard shindigs for all of your family members and friends, and the Fourth of July is no exception. This year, plan a huge celebration on this national holiday and channel your inner patriotism while watching glorious fireworks light up the night sky. Make the shindig American-themed, asking your guests to show up as famous Americans or in American-themed clothing. Grab some American clothes to help your family really get in the spirit and delight all of your loved ones with your hilarious patriotism.
- A Family Garden
Get your kids outside and teach them the importance of making good food choices by planting a family garden in your backyard. You’ll have a better time getting your children to eat their vegetables if they have a vested interest in creating them. Cultivating a garden will help your children learn responsibility, and the pride they receive from watching their little seed grow into a flourishing plant over the course of a few months will be well worth your effort and time. Take your kids to a local home improvement store and allow them to pick out their selected veggies and fruits. Build a DIY raised garden bed in the back to make it easy for them to dig into the dirt, and teach them the ins and outs of watering each day, pruning, and more.
- A Backyard Drive-In
Unfortunately, drive-in theaters are hard to come by these days, but you can mimic the excitement of pulling up for a movie in the great outdoors by setting up a screening in your backyard. Line the grass with blankets and sleeping bags and throw some popcorn on the stove. Purchase a personal movie projector and use a blank side of the house as your screen. Watch one of your little ones’ favorite movies and laugh together as a family underneath the stars all bundled up. If you don’t have a blank wall that will work, a white sheet hung from a tree branch can serve very nicely as your makeshift movie screen.
- A Water Wonderland
Don’t have a waterpark nearby? Are the tickets for entry far too expensive for your summer budget? Turn your backyard into your very own water wonderland. All you need is a few Slip ‘N Slides, a couple sprinkler heads, and a blowup pool that your tots can lounge in. Spending family time under the sun has never been so refreshing, and your kids will be astonished that their backyard could hold this much fun. To really blow your little ones’ minds, head out with your spouse early in the morning before the kids wake up and set up all of your water equipment. When the kids wake up, they’ll be amazed at how their backyard has transformed into their very own waterpark while they were sleeping.
Make this summer the best yet with any of these fun family activities and create lasting memories you and your kids will cherish for a lifetime.
post by Linda Reyes