The sun is out and blazing, and the kids are at home complaining of boredom. That could only mean one thing – it’s summertime. Don’t let yourself, or your kids, fall prey to the mind sucking vortex that is the television set.
Check out this list we’ve compiled of summer fun you can have in or outside of the house. Don’t let summer pass you by on the couch. Get up, get out and get active!
1. Go berry picking
This family fun activity is sure to create lasting memories and leave you with full bellies and sticky fingers. There’s nothing better than picking your own fresh fruit straight from the vine. Check out this guide on the best times in the summer to pick specific fruits and berries.
Summer usually opens up a pretty wide space of available free time. What better way to fill it than by giving back to the community? Visit this site to find volunteer opportunities near you.
3. Canoe or paddle boat at a local lake
Is it really summer if you don’t spend some time on the water? Renting a canoe or paddle boat is a fairly inexpensive way to enjoy the sun and take a quick dip to cool off.
4. Break out the sprinklers and slip n slides
Does this really need any explanation? Send your kids outside and hookup one of these easy sprinkler systems and bam, instant water park for a fraction of the cost!
5. Bake summer treats
Some of the best memories start in the kitchen. Cookie baking and decorating is the classic choice or check out this list of summer treats and make something new!
6. Play in the dirt again
Nothing makes you feel more childlike than getting a little dirt under your fingernails after a day of playing outside with friends. Get outside with your kids and dig some holes,plant some flowers, and strengthen those immune systems!
7. Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card!
In an age where eBooks and Kindles are trying their best to make paper publishing all but obsolete, remind your kids what it feels like to browse the rows of old books. Getting a library card is a rite of passage for kids; make it a special event, or as the kids might say, something worth tweeting about. #LibraryWednesday
8. Turn yard work into a fun activity
If you work this one right, it could be a win-win for you and the kids. Is your lawn littered with weeds? Make up a game to see who can pull the weeds fastest. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, right?
9. Fort building
No matter what age you are, no one can say no to camping out in a well-built fort. On the next rainy day when you and the kids are stuck in the house, grab all of your blankets, pillows and chairs, move some furniture around and get to it!
10. Side walk chalk murals
Take coloring to the next level and make epic murals outside in front of your home! The great thing about chalk is the easy clean up. Allow your kids’ artistic abilities to shine and get the whole family involved! Click here for a glow in the dark chalk recipe.
11. Camp out in the back yard
Enjoy the fun of camping outdoors with the benefits of running water, electricity and your own bed just a few feet away. The kids will love backyard camping and if you don’t have a backyard fire pit, microwave s’mores are the best! (pro tip: use marshmallow fluff in place of marshmallows)
12. Take a hike
This activity is a great way to get off the couch and get active. Make it an adventure you and the whole family look forward to! Check out this list of the best hiking trails in America and go to the trail closest to you, or if the trail is too strenuous, find one that fits your family’s experience level!
13. Picnic in the park
Grab your family’s favorite snacks and sandwich ingredients, and head out to your local park. Check and see if your city has any special event’s such as pet day or picnic and a movie day; parks usually host many of these free events during the summer.
14. Homemade ice cream
Summer and ice cream are like peanut butter and jelly, they go hand in hand. Grab some of your favorite toppings and add-ins (how about fresh picked fruit from your berry picking trip) and enjoy the tasty treat from the comfort of your home.
15. Lemonade Stand
Depending on the ages of your kids, this is an activity that is not only fun but valuable. A lemonade stand teaches your kids about entrepreneurship and how to manage money. Stray away from the typical and try out one of these lemonade flavors for a yummy twist on the original!
Summer is a great time to relax and recharge, but like most great things it’s usually over in the blink of an eye. Start making plans now so you and your kids can have a summer to remember!
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