For the next few months it will not just be me and my dog Rosie hanging out together. My kids are out for SUMMER! Some people dread this time of year, but I look forward to it all year. Not only do I get to make some awesome memories with my kids and cherish the moments of their youth, but I also don’t have to get up at a certain time every morning, pack any lunches, or substitute teach for 3 whole months!!! For those of you that need some ideas of things to do I have put together a list of some of the fun things we will be doing this summer! ENJOY!
1. Going Camping. We have never done this due to my bad back, but I am determined to do it this summer. My kids put it on our list every year. When I was young I used to go every summer with my grandparents. We would roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and make campfire pies in my grandpa’s cast iron sandwich maker. I loved it so much I can’t wait to see my kids experience it!
2. Music Education. Last summer my husband and I decided we were going to educate our kids to the different eras and types of music. We had a great time introducing them to music by Lionel Richie, Elton John, and so many other great artists. Or you could always just take turns choosing music on Alexa. We will either wind up dancing or singing along. Dance parties in the kitchen are always a great time. Our favorite soundtrack to dance and sing to right now is The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
3. Read. I know the kids are rolling their eyes right about now, but there are ways to make reading fun so they don’t backslide during the summer. Choose a family book to read out loud and take turns reading it aloud to the fam. Some great options are The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and ASeries of Unfortunate Events. When you have finished the book, have a family movie night to watch the movie about the book you just finished. Make sure there is plenty of candy and popcorn to go around.
Another fun way to get your kids reading is to get your kids to act the books out. Books that have dialog and different characters are great for this. Each child chooses a character to read and I am the narrator. Then they have to act out what they are reading. The kids love doing this. It usually turns into a huge laughfest since my kids can be quite dramatic! Some great books to try are the Berenstain Bear books. Not only are they cute, but they usually have a good message as well.
4. Pitch a Tent. Not at the campground, in your yard or possibly in your house (which is what we do sometimes). If we put the tent up in the basement, the kids will play in it for at least a week. Granted, there is some clean up when you want to take it down because all of their toys and stuffed animals wind up in there, but let’s face it, every kid loves a fort and this one is not made out of blankets so it won’t fall down every time they move. My kids will also spend the night in it, so it is like having an indoor camp out.
5. Learn to Cook. Children can learn to cook at practically any age as long as they are supervised and whatever they are cooking is age appropriate. I have my kids make a list of things they would each like to learn to make. The requests are things like pancakes, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and ice cream. All simple but great recipes for them to know.
6. Start Crafting. I am not a big craft person but some of the newer farmhouse style signs are really cute and I am excited about making them with my daughter this summer. We have gotten all of our supplies, now we just have to find the time.
7. Make Ice Cream. I know I already mentioned this as one of the things my kids want to learn to cook, but ice cream comes in so many different flavors and is so delicious when it is home made that I decided it needed it’s own number section. We bought a cheap Hamilton Beach 68330N 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker,Cream maker a few years ago and it gets a lot of use, especially in the summer.
8. Paint some furniture. I have some furniture in my house that could use a coat of paint. Most of it is handed down from my parents. Though, I have one console table I got from my neighbor who was putting it out for the trash. My kids helped me paint it with chalk paint and it turned into a nice piece in my entryway. Both of the kids enjoyed helping me paint and can’t wait until we paint my son’s dresser!
9. Amusement Park. Obviously this is hard to do if you don’t have an amusement park near you. Ever since my kids were little, I’m talking like babies or just walking, we have had yearly passes to the amusement park near us. There were always a few rides they could ride in kiddie land and we would meet other families there as well. The good thing about a pass is that it usually pays for itself in a few visits, you can go and leave after a couple hours without feeling like you have to spend the whole day there, and now that my kids are older, they are starting to ride the big roller coasters, so it is fun for me too!
10. Local Park or Nature Center. Speaking of passes, we also have a pass to our local nature center. They have a big creek where the kids can play, loads of hiking trails, a pond where you can feed the ducks and turtles, they also have a kids area where smaller kids can play in the mud and build things out of fallen trees and branches that have been collected by the center. But you don’t need a membership if you have any parks nearby. Many of the parks around us have trails and some also have a creek.
I hope this list helps you find some fun things to do with your family this summer. Follow my blog for more lists!