The first day of school is fast approaching for some of you and for others it’s still weeks away. Either way, grab your family and make the most of the rest of the summer with these ideas!
- Neighborhood bike rides – Self-admittedly, I don’t have a bike. My son is just to the age where he’s psyched to take “bike rides” (which consist of going round and round in the driveway). I borrowed my dad’s bike and “rode” around with my son. He LOVED it (especially when I crashed into the grass). Remember those fun family bike rides? Get out there with your kids and spend some quality time.
- Pool/Splash Park day – Lather up the kids with sunscreen and park your blanket in the shade. Here’s the blanket I found this summer and love.
- Baseball game – Make a weekend of it! You’ll see pictured above my group of friends (minus a couple of new additions) at our annual family baseball outing. We’ll catch a game on a Saturday and spend Sunday at a museum or aquarium. We love it and I bet you will too – so grab your family friends and get out there and support your team. Don’t skip the hot dogs and ice-cream in the mini-helmet.
- Dinner and a Movie – For those of you with younger kids, a matinee and early dinner might work better. Pick a fun restaurant that your kids like and settle in to chat about their favorite parts of the movie. If they are tired/restless, download a new app for them to play while YOU enjoy dinner. 🙂
- Hike in the local or state park – If you can get away for a weekend, find a state park and book a cabin. Take in those natural wonders and let your kids experience something new. If you need to stay local, lace up, get your bug spray and get those kids out in nature. I’m not a big hiker, but I don’t want to raise a Purell-dipped kid (even though I love my hand sanitizer), so I get out of my comfort zone every so often for the sake of raising a well-rounded kid (did anyone else watch that video on Facebook?).
- Cook out – Fire up that grill and add some hotdogs, hamburgers or chicken. Get your kids involved in the prep. While you are grilling, set up those corn hole boards, volleyball/badminton net or soccer goals and challenge your kids to a game or two (and keep score – see video above).
Do you see a pattern of food here?? Ha. In all seriousness, another summer is almost over and those littles are growing up. Does anyone else feel like the years are going by faster and faster? I’m learning that we need to get in as much memory making as we can, because those eighteen years go by fast.
Happy Family Fun!!