12 Summer-Fun Ideas for the Family
Schools out, summer vacation is here! The kids are now home all day for the next couple of months – now what? Keep them away from the iPad and video games and instead enjoy some fun in the sun this summer.
Kicking a ball in your front yard can get boring pretty quickly. Try switching it up and get the kids trying new activities – this will keep them busy and it can be a fun learning experience, as well as keeping them mentally and physically active. Here are some of our ideas:
- Camp out. Plan a camping trip to your nearest camping site. Camping can be a good way to teach your kids about essential survival techniques while enjoying the great outdoors. Camping also gives you another excuse to disconnect from the world.
- Start a garden. This is the perfect time to start a garden. Growing some vegetables is a great way to get your kids to eat them more often. Unlike other projects gardening is an ongoing project – kids will have to learn about the responsibility of watering/tending for the plants each day/week.
- Go to the farmers market. Head over to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh produce. Get your kids involved by having them pick out what you should make for dinner and the ingredients necessary. Maybe you’re pretty hungry while you’re there so just go ahead and pick up some fruit for snacks.
- Have a picnic. Ask your kids to help you pack up some healthy snacks and head to the park and eat your lunch while enjoying nature.
- Go for a bike ride. Get some exercise in and go for a bike ride (kids love them)! This way you’ll manage to get a workout in – whether you bike with them or even jog alongside them.
- Go bowling. Unfortunately there are some rainy days during summer, but who says you can’t have some fun outside of your home. Head over to your nearest bowling alley and play a couple of games until the rain clears out.
- Have a dance party. Make a playlist, turn on Pandora, or tune in to your favorite radio station and have a dance party. Have your kids show off their best dance moves.
- Take a day trip. Staying local can be uninteresting if you spend a lot of time in the area. Take a day trip over to a neighboring town and explore all they have to offer. Check out some new restaurants and parks while you’re there.
- Head to the park. Playing in your backyard can be fun but can eventually feel repetitive. Have a change of scenery by heading over to the park. Bring a Frisbee, kite, or ball to the park and enjoy the great outdoors. Who knows you might make some new friends while you’re there!
- Make smoothies. Cool down after a long day with an ice cold smoothie – not to mention, kids love smoothies! Throw some of your favorite fruits into a blender with some ice, low fat milk or low fat yogurt and voilà, you’ve got yourself a delicious afternoon snack.
- Take a trip to the library. Looking to relax after a jam-packed week? Head over to your local library for some story time. Check out some books and continue the relaxation at home.
- Go for a hike. This is something that doesn’t really require much planning or equipment. Find your local trail and go explore it. This can keep you and the kids out of the house for a couple of hours, but be prepared to break a sweat.
No matter what you do this summer make sure to have a safe and fun time. We encourage you to share this on your social media too in order to encourage other families to have their healthiest and most fun summer yet!