I know that it can be challenging to figure out what to do with the kids over the summer holidays . We only get a few short months with them so instead of letting the summer slip away lets get outside and play in the sun.
Try something new, laugh… play! Let’s make memories that are going to last a lifetime.
Many people look forward to the summer when the kids are out of school. It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time at home together as a family, so don’t waste it sleeping or sitting in front of the TV all day. Lying around doing nothing is not good for you mentally or physically but sometimes, it can be difficult to get everyone motivated.
You can help solve this problem by giving your kids something to look forward to over summer vacation. Plan activities for the whole family to do to keep you active and to help make this summer one of the best you’ve ever had.
These 6 tips for summer family fun at home can help you get started.
Tip Number 1: Plan Your Activities Together
People change over the years, especially kids. As they learn new things, they’re interest change. They may not still enjoy the things that you have done over the past few summers. You may even be a little bored with the regular routine yourself. Have a family meeting to talk about what everyone likes and dislikes along with the ways you would like to spend summer vacation. This type of family discussion will help to bring you closer together and it shows that everyone’s opinion, matters.
Tip Number 2: Engage in Sports
A great way to have family fun is by engaging in some type of outdoor sport. Play basketball, softball, tag football or ride bikes together. It doesn’t matter which sport you participate in as long as you’re having fun together as a family. However, you do want to choose a sport that is suitable for every member of the family so no one feels left out.
Tip Number 3: Plan a Couple of Big Projects to Do as a Family
Planting a flower or vegetable garden is a good example of a big family project. It will require your attention throughout the summer but it won’t take up a lot of time to plant and tend to the garden. Starting a flower or bug collection is another good idea. Collect at least one item per week by going on nature hikes across your lawn. If you live near the woods, explore the edge of it together. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to learn about nature.
Tip Number 4: Make a Mini-Water Park in Your Backyard
Most everyone enjoys playing in the water and cooling off on those hot summer days but you don’t have to go to a big water park to do it. You can make your own mini-water park right in your backyard. It’s easy, affordable and so much fun for the whole family. If you have a swimming pool that’s great but if you don’t, you can set up a kid’s pool to wade around in. Add a couple of water sprinklers to run through and a slip and slide for variety. If you have young children, you may even want to add a sand box to your mini-water park.
Tip Number 5: Paint or Make Crafts Together
Painting or making crafts together is a great way to bond and grow as a family. It’s a lot of fun and it can help you get to know each other better. It gives everyone a chance to show a side of themselves through their paintings or crafts that you may not get to see very often.
Tip Number 6: Have Plenty of Backyard BBQs
No summer is complete without those delicious outdoor BBQs with the whole family. It’s something special about cooking out over an open grill with the ones you love most. It helps to create a relaxing environment where everyone feels free to talk about the things that matter most to them.
Finding ways to have fun together during the summer months will help to bring your family closer together. The memories you make now will last a lifetime, so don’t let this wonderful opportunity to bond and grow together pass you by. Use these tips to help your family have a wonderful time at home this summer.
Are you looking for more ideas for summer family fun?
Check our last summers series “Things to do with your kids in the summertime” for more great ideas.