Its that time of year, or soon to be and you need a plan. The last thing you want to experience this summer is fun or brain drain. A relaxing summertime packed with fun and stimulating activities the entire family can both enjoy and participate in are the main ingredients for any memorable family summer. A big vacation is great and yet only fills a very small chunk of the summer. You have long weekends of childhood memories to build, or you could opt out of one big vacation by adding lots of family fun throughout the entire summer.
Fun Things for Families to Do This Summer
Summer time is a great time for family fun and bonding. Make sure your summer family time is fun and memorable as you enjoy these great things to do.
Fun Summer Ideas
Ah yes summertime, you first want to consider all the various childhood memories and traditions you can pass down from your own childhood. This form of bonding is the best gift you can give your family any summer
Keep The Home Fires Burning
There's nothing as memorable as setting round the camp fire, roasting marshmellows and hot dogs.
As you gather round the camp fire you share family stories, funny moments and even a scary story or two, It doesn't matter, what ever you and your family enjoy talk about it! You will be creating fun reflective times that will be forever etched into the fond childhood memories of your children.
Many people love this activity alone so much but don't much like the idea of packing up to go camping. All the more reason to camp out at home, in your own back yard.
This activity is wonderful, just pitch a few tents, set the mood and create your own family camp fire it's a lot of fun to pitch a tent allowing the kids to stay up as late as they want. You can supply the tent with fun board games just as you might if actually leaving home to camp. Enjoy roasting marsh mellows and making smores all while you watch your children run and play in the safety and comfort of home.
Fun Summer Activities
Your home is a comfortable place with many a fond memory why not make finding treasure among those memories?
Every house has a rich history and a many buried treasure among its grounds. You never know what you might find as you explore the property that is yours. Yes your home is your territory. Set up a treasure hunt of real per-portions. You can involve role playing, dress up and the works depending on the ages of your children.
Imagine all the lost treasure lost in and around your yard. There could be jewelry, coins, historical pieces and the like. You don't really know about the history of your home and its property till you go digging around.
This is what I suggest you do, actually dig around. Using a metal detector, some small shovels and excavating tools you no doubt will find an amazing assortment of hidden treasure you and your family have claim to.
If you have an exploration enthusiast in your home they will love this. Isn't there a bit of an adventurer in us all? Imagine the big moment of the archaeologists dig while the dinosaur lover in your home imagines digging up bones? You seriously may uncover some Indian heads or the like.
Fun For the Entire Family
Summertime is the time to get active and reconnect with your kids and spouse.
Everyone in the family needs to clear the cob webs and get back into shape after a long winters nap.
Its the normal cycle of life, get all bunked in for the winter and spring forward into activities and shape to enjoy the warm summer months packed with sunshine and late care free days.
When you want an easy going activity to jump start summer there is one really fun idea that comes to mind.
Catching fire flies or lightening bugs as some call them. All you need is enough nets to go around or share, taking turns and a bug carrier.
Gather the family around at dusk with the bug catching gear and some comfy chairs relaxing as you watch your children catch those amazing fire flies and put them into the bug jar for night lights.
What a fond memory your kids will one day share with their children, oh and don't forget the pictures, they will be priceless.
Collecting fire flies, butterflies and other interesting insects wakes the curious scientist in us all, you never know, there may be a great scientist in the family.
Relax, enjoy and let nature teach you and your family how to enjoy life.
Retro Summer Fun
You often remember those things your parents, aunts uncles and grand parents taught you.
It may be learning to play chess, checkers, card games or any other leisurely activity or skill and yet your remember it and are thankful someone took the time to teach you. Pass this down as was to you.
Its nice to know how to do things as this helps children socially. If you know how to play chess it's a traditional game that should be passed on.
Any games or skills you can pass along to your children are priceless. It makes them feel good for knowing how and because they have skilled people in their family to learn from.
Regardless of how busy you think you may be, you are never to busy for family time. Take the time to teach your children what you know, everyone will have fun.
Traditional Summer Activites
What hobbies or skills did your parents enjoy?
Families are rich with traditions, it could be cooking a certain dish, sewing crocheting or knitting.The list goes on and on. Do you know how to do any of these sort of things? Did your parents or grandparents hand down a time honored tradition? These little family jewels are great for sharing.
- Wood Carving
- Candle Making
- Knitting, Crochet, Needle Work, Knitting or Sewing
- Painting, Charcoals or Pencil Sketches
- Stained Glass
- Song Writing, Singing or Instruments
- Dancing - Traditional or Non Traditional
Most Importantly relax and enjoy down time alone together with the family.
Fun Summer Projects
Here's a list of other fun projects you and the family can get into this summer.
Kids always enjoy redecorating their room, make it a special bonding time. You may also want to teach your teen some great money making activities waking the ambition in their personality. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this list and let me know what's on your mind.