80+ Fun Summer Activities for the Family

80+ Fun Summer Activities for the Family

 

 

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Cover Photo of Bag by Brooke Lark on Unsplash  Greenhouse Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash Beach Photo by Syd Sujuaan on Unsplash Popcicle Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

 

Happy May 1st! It’s almost time for summer! Who’s ready?

Have you started planning your big summer vacation? Or will you be spending your warm-weathered days at home?

Over the years two of our favorite things to do to prepare for summer are; plot out our vegetable garden and make a summer bucket list. The bucket list has gone from a variety of museums, zoos, and entertainment to a more simplistic version. We realize that out of the 12 weeks or so, more realistically we probably have 1 or 2 days each month to go out of town (for an all day event).

Plus not to mention, it’s hard to take smaller kids to more formal locations. Especially if you’re dealing with potty training and nap time or anything like that. So I split up my ideas into categories from ideal to more realistic.

So for our kids ages (almost 3) to 6, this is what we came up with so far:

  • T-ball (registered our oldest)
  • Swim lessons (for the older two)
  • Fishing
  • Drive-in movie
  • Camping
  • Visit the local ice-cream shop
  • Visit the local farmers market
  • Visit the beach (at our Lake)
  • Have a cookout with family
  • Go to the Fair
  • Visit the Deer Park
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Photo by Luke Brugger on Unsplash

 

Here are more ideas that your family can consider adding to your own list:

Attractions/Events:

  • Major/Minor League Baseball game
  • Zoo/Petting Zoo
  • Safari Tour
  • Aquarium
  • Legoland
  • Science center/museum
  • Old Car museum
  • Train museum
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Visit a historical village
  • Watch glass blowing
  • Children’s museum (art/literature…)
  • Sky Zone/ Indoor Playground
  • Water Park
  • Amusement Park
  • Put-put
  • Go Karts
  • Batting Cages
  • Get an arcade pass
  • Bowling/ Glowbowling
  • Take cooking classes
  • See a movie
  • See a play/Disney on Ice
  • See an air show
  • Art Festival/ Craft Show
  • Air Balloon Festival
  • Music Festival
  • Rent a boat/book a boat tour

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Photo by Jayakumar Ananthan on Unsplash

 

Create your own Fun:

  • Rent a cabin
  • Ride on a bike Trail
  • Hike in the woods
  • Explore natural formations near you
  • Explore waterfalls near you
  • See a butterfly house
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Strawberry Picking
  • Visit your local nature center
  • See a botanical garden/arboretum
  • Free kid’s classes at your local county parks
  • Story hour at your library
  • Kid’s art classes at your craft store
  • Geocaching/scavenger hunt
  • Go for a scenic drive/road trip
  • Make/Try international food
  • Check out all of the top rated parks near you
  • Visit a splash pad

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Fun in your own backyard:

  • Bury treasure in your sandbox
  • Make a fairy garden
  • Grow some pretty flowers
  • Build a fort
  • Make your own natural playground
  • Collect bugs
  • Make mud pies
  • Have a squirt gun fight
  • Get a pool (we like the 10′ Intex Easy Set Above Ground Pool)
  • Get a Slip ‘n Slide or sprinkler
  • Build a bird house/bird feeder
  • Rock painting
  • Make natural wind chimes
  • Have a tea party
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Make your own popsicles
  • Make your own ice cream
  • Fly kites
  • Play a sport together (baseball/soccer/volleyball)
  • Have a race/make an obstacle course
  • See who can blow the biggest bubbles
  • Draw your family portrait with sidewalk chalk
  • Decorate a name (room) plaque with acrylic paint
  • Make window clings/stained glass pictures
  • Backyard camping
  • Have a bonfire & make smores
  • Have movie night outside with a projector
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Photo by Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

I really wanted to create sub-lists for those of you who are able to and willing to enjoy a booked day, casual day, and a day where you don’t even have to leave home or get into the summer vacation budget.

Be sure to ask around on Facebook for friends’ recommendations. You can even stop in at your AAA or visitors bureau for more trip ideas.

Now that I probably encouraged you to make your list too big, which ones stick out to you the most? Which of your family favorites would you add to the list?

Nativity Craft

Nativity Craft

Earlier this week I listed 20 ways the whole family can Keep Christ in Christmas. One activity for younger kids was to “craft your own nativity scene.” So here is one super cute and easy way to make your own.

Do you have toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls? Great! Let’s get started!

You will need about 45 minutes to prep and create!

I know, I know, if you have multiple kids that’s nuts! But, think about it this way, if you can sit down with your kiddos and keep them busy, that is like gold! Or get some one-on-one time with one of your kids that likes to draw or color, because this project is perfect for them!

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You will also need:

  • At least 6 toilet paper tubes (Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph, and 3 Wise Men, extras for animals, shepherds, an angel…)
  • Box for your barn
  • White paper and construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers

Step 1: Cut the Paper for your paper rolls

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Lay your paper roll on the paper and lightly mark with extra length for overlapping ends. (Marking woodworkers style). Use a straight edge like another pencil to connect the markings. Cut. And done! That was easy!

Step 2: Sketch people for your kiddo to color

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I stopped what I was doing at one point to watch him color. Oh my gosh! He was so cute! He was making silly faces as he focused. (And yes, that is a Halloween pumpkin shirt!)

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I couldn’t help myself from a little coloring. But basically this is the idea of the drawing.

You could also use the construction paper to make little clothes. Even scrap fabric, stickers, felt, ribbon, glitter glue…. Go nuts!

Step 3: Glue

You’ll then want to take those pretty colorful drawings and glue them onto your paper roll.

Here I am using the regular glue. Although this is messy, I can’t handle how stick glue doesn’t bond well.

Step 4: Turn your box into a barn

While letting your people dry, just glue some construction paper onto your box. Then add your star. Our star is flat on top to keep from getting torn with play.

You could even add popsicle sticks inside to make separate animal stalls. You can even think about adding natural elements from outside to make it feel more real. Twigs, straw, small rocks…

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Step 5: Let Dry & Then Play!

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One of the best parts is you can store the whole thing just like this:

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This is also great for teaching bible school!!

And parents, here is your kid’s newest toy!

Great for playing at the table with while you’re cooking lunch/dinner. Goes well with teaching the nativity story!