Do you have a summer wish list? The first thing I want to do is literally go “jump in a lake.” Even if you don’t have a body of water near you, there are so many things to do this summer to keep the entire family both busy and happy. This list of things to do this summer will also help keep your kids from saying, “I’m bored!” 15 times a day.
10 Things to Do This Summer – What’s on your list?
Picnic at a public garden
My kids just LOVED visiting gardens when they were small. They would smell the roses and point out the different colors, plants a tress. It’s a beautiful setting for a family picnic.
Visit a museum
There are 2 great things about visiting museums when it’s hot outside. First, there are so many cool things to see. There are art museums, science centers, children’s museums, and more. Second, they have air conditioning. We chose museums as a respite from the heat many times.
Make your own popsicles
Here is something we have been doing for years. When those long, hot days start getting you down, it’s so easy to make your own popsicles. You may have to buy a mold, but you don’t need much else. Ingredients like fresh fruit, juice, and yogurt are just some of the ways to make your own delicious popsicles.
Have a movie night
If you have an outdoor space, use a white sheet or outdoor screen and projector. Indoors is fine too. Take a vote to select a movie, dresses in pajamas, and have snacks and drinks ready to go.
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Play like a kid on the playground
Many days are spent watching your kids in playgrounds around town. Why not join them with the joy an abandon they show. Swing like you don’t have motion sickness. A goal of mine is to see if I can cross to the other side of the monkey bars without falling.
Go on a scavenger hunt
You can find tons of scavenger hunt ideas online or come up with your own idea. Recently we did an alphabet hunt where we needed to find signs with letters all around town. Set up some prizes, and spend an afternoon seeing whose hunting skills are the strongest.
Grab some postcards of your area if you can or make your own. If you are traveling, don’t forget to send postcards from your destination. No one does “snail mail” anymore so your friends and loved ones will really appriate the personal touch.
Go for a family bike ride
Find a family-friendly area to bike. See if your town or a town near you has a dedicated bike trail, especially if you are riding with little ones. Take a rest break for ice cream or a cold drink if you can. I love that this activity combines fitness and family time
Go for a hike
Taking a hike in the forest is a way to connect with the natural world. Especially if you live in a city, go for a walk in the woods. Head to national or state parks or find a local trail. Kids love turning over dead logs and rocks to see what they can find. Make a nature journal to write about what you found each time.
Create Cozy Outdoor Spaces
This time of year, I love making my outdoor spaces look beautiful. Set out the outdoor furniture with some pillows and plants. Make your outdoor spaces as comfortable as possible. Getting the fresh air will do you good.
DIY slip n’ slide
This is one of the best ways to channel that inner child. It’s easy to create your very own slip ‘n slide. Simply use a couple of tarps and stake down at the sides. Run your sprinkler over them for a fun-filled slippery ride.
Clean Out Your Closet
The change of season is a great time to purge clothes from your closet that you no longer wear. Donate items in good condition to local charities. If you have dress clothes you no longer use, consider charities like Dress for Success that help women get back into the workforce to become self-sufficient.
Make a Reading List
Another of my favorite things to do this summer is to take some time to read a few great books. Vacation time on the beach, or even home in a hammock provides quiet time to escape with a good book. A recent favorite of mine is The Girl on a Train.
Grow a Garden
Whether you love flowers or vegetables, plant a garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Dahlias, Black-Eyed Susans, Impatience, and marigolds are some great choices for the season’s color. I’m also growing fresh peppers and tomatoes.
Paddle or swim the day way
If you have one, take your kayak, canoe, or SUP out for a spin. If you don’t own any kind of watercraft, finding a local swimming hole or lazy river to go for a quick dip is equally as fun. See if there is a rafting or tubing company near you. Our family loves spending a few hours tubing down a local river.
Freshen Up Your Guest Room
Many people host out-of-town guests over the summer. Freshen up your guest room with some new pillows or wall art. Welcome guests with fresh flowers and new towels.
Nothing helps preserve memories like photographs. Have an out-of-date camera? Now is the time to get a new one. Consider making a picture book at the end of the season. It will be something you can cherish for years to come.
Take a Class
Step away from the TV, computer, or whatever is your “time waster.” Take that class you have always wanted to. I’m going to take taking a rock climbing class. My daughter is learning Hip Hop. What will you do?
Camp Under the Stars
It’s the perfect time for camping. Buy or borrow a tent for a fun summer night. Camp at a national park, a local campground, or even pitch the tent in your backyard to experience the fun of camping.
Take a day cruise
If you live near the water or are traveling to a city with water, taking a day cruise is a wonderful activity. Some cities combine land and sea with “duck boat” tours. These include Seattle, Boston and more!