School is out and summer is in! The kids are home and the sun is shining, so what are you going to do today? To make sure you have a fun-filled summer check out these 20 summer activities for the entire family.
Plant a garden: Summertime is the season of fresh fruits and veggies, so get to your backyard and join in on the goodness!
Go to a drive-in movie theater: Seeing a movie in a theater is a great activity for a rainy day. However if the weather allows, introduce the younger generations to a drive-in movie theater. You can search for theaters near you by clicking here. None around you? Opt for an at-home movie marathon in your pajamas. Click here for healthy popcorn options!
Have a picnic: Pack up a lunch and head to the park! Not sure what to bring? Click here to see a Skinny PB + Banana Protein Wrap. Yum!
Visit an amusement park: If you have a family of thrill seekers, an amusement park is sure to deliver the fun! Click here to search for theme parks in your state.
Stargaze: Take advantage of warm summer nights by taking a moment to pause and gaze up at the sky.
Make your own pizza: Next time your family just wants to order pizza for dinner, turn dinner into an experience by making a pizza together! If your family loves pizza, click here to find 14 ways to bring pizza flavor to your dinnertime (in a healthy way).
Volunteer: Make this the summer of giving back! Volunteering is a family activity that is both fun and rewarding.
Go for a hike: Nature is in bloom and just waiting for you to explore it! Hiking is a great way to enjoy the scenery while also getting in some exercise. Don’t forget to pack snacks and water! Click here for a delicious trail mix recipe.
Root for the home team: Get out and watch a game! Baseball is in full swing during the summer, and many cities have a major or minor league team to root for.
Start a family book club: Just because school is out doesn’t mean that your kids should stop using their brains! Take a weekly trip to the local library together and pick out a few books. It’s a fun and free way to keep kids engaged and entertained.
Play mini golf: Who doesn’t like Putt Putt? The cheesier the course the better, so grab your clubs and head to the green!
Roast marshmallows: S’mores are a classic summer taste that everyone enjoys and there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to a great fire. No campfire, no worries! Click here for a delicious (and easy) S’more Fluff recipe.
Visit a farmer’s market: Enjoy the fruits and veggies of the season and support a local farmer! Take the family to pick out fresh produce, cook together, and enjoy a summer feast! Click here to see which fruits you should keep in your refrigerator all summer long.
Pamper yourself: No, you didn’t read that wrong! While it’s important to spend time with your family, remember to take a little “me” time as well to recharge your mommy battery!
Family fitness: An active family is a happy family! Find an activity that you all enjoy, such as swimming, hiking, sports, or yoga! Click here for a list of summer workouts for the whole family.
Enjoy a national park: “America! America! God shed his grace on thee.” We live in a beautiful country, and the National Parks system works hard to preserve it so get out there and enjoy! Click here to find a national park near you.
Relax: Don’t forget to take a moment to relax with your family and cherish your time with them. Want a sweet treat to share on a lazy day? Click here for a cake batter milkshake recipe.
Watch fireworks: No summer is complete without seeing at least one amazing fireworks display! Remember to be extra cautious with little ones, and take photos so you can remember all of their adorable, “ooh’s and ahh’s”.
Go on an evening walk: The summer sun can be too hot for some, so wait until the temperatures begin to dip and then head out for an evening walk with your loved ones. This is also a great time to introduce games like I Spy or tell stories about the neighborhood.
Backyard barbecue and campout: Fire up the grill! Everyone loves a great BBQ and when you throw in a tent and sleeping bags, you’ve got summertime gold! Want to add some new flavor to your barbecue menu? Click here for a grilled pineapple chicken sandwich.
So gather up the family and get your summertime going. Engaging in some of these fun-filled activities will not only ensure that you and your kids are having a blast this season, you’ll also have the chance to experience new things together.