June marks the beginning of summer. Schools will be out soon and the kids will be hankering for something to do. Are you already anxious about filling the days?
Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some quality family time. There are so many great activities to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our ten favorite summer activities for families.
10 Summer Activities For Families
1. Go camping
Camping is a great way to bond with your kids and enjoy the outdoors. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about nature and wildlife.
In the past few years, camping has become increasingly more popular. So, plan ahead. Reserve your camping spot ahead of time. Use the iStratus app to plan fun meals by the fire and even keep a list of the campfire songs and stories you want to share with the kids.
2. Visit a local farm
Spending a day at a local farm is a fun way to learn about where food comes from and how it’s grown. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat lots of delicious fresh produce!
You may find that there are multiple farms to choose from in your community. That’s great. Find out what each offers and plan your farm visit based on themes.
3. Have a picnic
Picnics are a classic summer activity for a reason. They’re simple, they’re fun, and they’re a great way to enjoy the warmer weather. Let the kids get involved too. Give each one a task, making the sandwiches, making the lemonade, or gathering the utensils so they can feel like they are a part of the process. This will help you avoid the, “Is it time yet?” remarks from the peanut gallery.
4. Go swimming
Swimming is a great way to beat the heat and have some fun at the same time. If you don’t have a pool of your own, many public pools offer family swim times where kids can swim with their parents. If you are lucky enough to live near a lake, ocean, or river, be sure to take advantage of those as well.
5. Play in the sprinklers
This one is sure to be a hit with the kids! Set up some sprinklers in the yard and let them run through them to cool off. This is a great way to include the neighbors as well. Is there anything more fun than sitting on the front porch watching all the children run through the sprinkler? Oh, yes, that’s right. Running through the sprinkler is way more fun.
6. Make homemade ice cream
Homemade ice cream is a delicious summer treat. It’s also a great activity for kids, as they can help to measure and mix the ingredients. If you really want to involve the kids, consider the Ice Cream Ball.
7. Go berry picking
Berry picking is a great way to spend a summer morning or afternoon. Even your littlest ones will love it. The bonus is that after you’ve picked your fill, you can use the berries to make pies and jams, or just eat them plain.
8. Go on a nature hike
Nature hikes are a great way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise at the same time. They’re also perfect for little ones who might not be able to handle a long walk. One fun way to spend your time in the woods is by identifying local birds or plants.
9. Have a water balloon fight
Water balloon fights are always a hit with kids of all ages. They’re perfect for hot summer days when everyone is looking for a way to cool off. And filling the balloons alone can take up a good portion of the day.
10. Build a fort
Forts can be built inside or outside, depending on your preference. They’re a great way to encourage imagination and creativity, and kids will love spending time in their own special space.