Summer is just around the corner, and many families have begun to look into ways that they can have a great time while being safe and smart this summer season. When planning summer excitement for your family, there are lots of factors that you have to keep in mind to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and involvement to create amazing family memories. If you’re at a loss as to what to do with your family on those long summer holidays, we’ve got some great tips to appeal to any fun-loving family.
Stay At Home
Summer fun doesn’t have to mean expensive trips to museums and festivals; there’s fun to be had right in your own backyard. Engage your kids in back yard based activities to keep their attention all summer long. For some, gardening can be an excellent way to while away the hours, whereas others may find that a woodworking project suits them better. Arts and crafts can be easily made using items found in your backyard or a surrounding park. Consider pictures made with leaves and pinecones, or a necklace made from items you’ve collected on a nature walk. Have a special day where you take off work, declare a “no chores allowed” day, eat ice cream for dinner, and spend the day just having fun together.
A Day At The Beach
The beach is always an excellent, inexpensive solution to days where your kids are bored at home. Between digging for clams, searching for shells, renting a boat or just swimming and playing in the surf, any family can easily enjoy a day on the waterfront. For many parents, water play can be a nerve wracking experience, especially with young children, so sign up for some inexpensive swimming lessons through your child’s school or at the local YMCA.
Work With Your Hands
Whether baking or building a tree fort in your yard, hands on jobs that your children can help do are educational and fun. Studies show that young people are far more invested in projects that they’ve had a hand in creating, so be sure to ask your kids what kinds of improvements they’d like to see in their outdoor space. A small fort is easy to make, costs very little, and allows your children to help design their own space in your yard where they can invite their friends to play.
Camp At Home
Even if you don’t have a yard, a campout can be one of your kids’ fondest memories. Turn your living room, patio or deck into a camp-zone by pitching a tent and singing some songs. Make smores and tell spooky (age-appropriate) stories. You’re guaranteed to create lasting memories for your children with very little effort on your part.