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Our Blog: June 8, 2023

The Ultimate Family Guide to Summer

We want to help you make this the best summer yet! To add some fun inspiration to your family’s bucket list, we’ve created the Ultimate Family Guide to Summer with great ideas that are free, budget-friendly, or easy to accomplish with items you might already have at home.  

No matter what your summer plans look like, the most important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be filled with big ticket items or travel to faraway places. As long as you’re making happy memories with family and friends, there’s no limit to the magic you can create!   

Bookmark this list of recommendations, identify your favorite suggestions, and gear up for an awesome summer of BIG FUN!  

Evening Activities 

  • Grab a jar and catch fireflies 
  • Host an outdoor movie night
  • Go stargazing and find constellations
  • Make homemade pizza for dinner
  • Watch the sunset from your favorite spot
  • Go camping by the lake
  • Roast marshmallows and make s'mores
  • Invite friends over for a sleepover
  • Grab a flashlight and take a walk in your pajamas before bed
  • Watch a local firework display
  • Have a family game night 

Outdoor Activities 

  • Go on a hike and find items to create a nature mandala 
  • Explore a map and find a new lake for fishing 
  • Plant a garden 
  • Pack up some picnic essentials and eat outside 
  • Cool off at a local splash pad 
  • Discover a new park in your community
  • Enjoy a friendly water balloon battle
  • Hunt for bugs and learn how to identify them
  • Explore on wheels: roller skates, rollerblades, a bike, a scooter, etc.
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk (try hopscotch or an obstacle path)
  • Host a lemonade stand 

Indoor Activities 

  • Build an indoor obstacle course or fort 
  • Learn how to make Origami animals 
  • Practice face painting on each other
  • Design your own comic book or a new superhero costume
  • Complete a new puzzle
  • Try a new Grow Fit recipe or 
  • Put on a talent show
  • Cozy up with your favorite book or try a new story
  • Try to perfect some new yoga poses
  • Make a homemade card and mail it to a friend
  • Go through old photo albums and create a scrapbook
  • Build a  terrarium 
  • Go on a treasure hunt 

Places To Go 

  • Go to the beach and collect seashells or build a sandcastle 
  • Explore the zoo 
  • Visit your local library  
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Wander through a nearby aquarium or children's museum
  • Visit an orchard to pick cherries, blueberries, or apples 
  • Play miniature golf
  • Go to a baseball game or another sporting event
  • Volunteer for a cause close to your heart
  • Visit the farmers' market
  • Visit an animal farm 

 What activities spark joy? What ideas would you add? Encourage your child to plan with you and embrace their imagination. Doing so will help them step into their curious, innovative nature and away from those screens. Print this list, mark it up, and enjoy your summer!