Goodbye School, Hello Summer!
If you’re anything like me you are wondering to yourself, “where did the time go?!” I swear I was just sending Xander off to first grade and here he is a rising second grader! You either love summer vacation or you don’t and I can totally understand both! On one end you are so excited and proud for your little one and all that they accomplished this past school year. You’re happy to have no more homework stress or morning battles about having to get up early. Or maybe your days are now more stressful with carting your kids off to summer camp and parties and sports,etc. Whatever the case may be the fact is summer is here and it is not going anywhere!
I find myself stressing about trying to make the most out of summer and trying to plan so many activities or outings that I find myself planning our whole summer away! This year I decided to sit down and compile a list of things we can do to have a fun and meaningful summer without the stress of having to do it all. And the best part is that these things are SUPER EASY to do! So I created a list of 20 things to do this summer, maybe we will do all 20 or maybe not or maybe we will do more! The idea here is to have a list that we can go to for those days we are just looking for something fun to do.
I hope you enjoy this list but most of all I hope you enjoy all the memories you are going to make this summer with your family!
- Eat Ice Cream!– Sounds simple enough right?! Well I don’t mean just go to your favorite spot I’m talking about venturing out and taking a little road trip to find a local creamery or hop on Yelp and go check out the ice cream shop everyone is raving about!
- Go for a Hike!– Do a google search of places to hike in your area or visit http://www.alltrails.com where you can search your area for hikes and so much more.
- Berry Picking– This idea is more of a two for one because you can go to your local berry farm and pick some delicious berries while enjoying the day with your kiddos and then the next morning you can make muffins or pancakes or scones with the yummy berries you just picked. The baking possibilities with this one are endless! Yum!
- Water Balloon Fight– Is there anything more summer than this?!
- Have a Game Night– Break out some board games, invite some friends over, have some snacks, and play some good fun board games! Mike and I love playing the classics with Xander like Clue, Life, Trouble, etc.
- Make Slime– Making slime is all the rage right now! Your local craft store will have all the supplies you need.
- Bake Something New– Head on over to Pinterest with your kiddos and together find a recipe you all would enjoy to make. Next create a list and head to the grocery store and have your kids find the items you need for the recipe themselves. Then go home and make your recipie! This is also such a great learning experience!
- Have a Picnic Lunch– Take your lunch to the park or even your backyard! Eating outside is one of my most favorite things about summer!
- Make Lemonade– There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of ice cold lemonade on a hot summers day! We like to mix it up and add some strawberries to our lemonade.
- Go to a Fair– So nostalgic, so fun!
11. Make Popsicle’s– Homemade Popsicle’s are the best! Check out this great recipe for a super easy & healthy Popsicle your kids will enjoy! Here is a great recipe I found:
12. Volunteer– Teaching our kids to give back to the community and to others is extremely important to us. Your local animal shelter or food bank is always in need of volunteers!
13. Start a Garden– Take a trip to your local nursery and let the kids pick something they would like to plant.
14. Visit the Library– Perfect for those rainy summer days!
15 Make S’Mores– Um, hello?! Can’t have a summer fun list without S’Mores!
16. Visit a State Park– Find a State Park near you here: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm
17. Visit a Farm– Pack a lunch and spend the day at the farm!
18. Have a Lemonade Stand– I just love stopping by a lemonade stand,the kids are always so excited to sell you their lemonade! Your little entrepreneurs will love making and selling lemonade and they will also be practicing their math skills while they’re at it!
19. Flashlight Tag– Who says all the fun has to be during the day? I have great memories of playing flashlight tag as a kid!
20. Have an End of Summer Party– Host an end of summer cookout with games for the kids and adults. The grownups can celebrate the kids going back to school (because we all know we will be ready for them to go back come August,haha) and the kids can have one last hurrah before school starts!
I made these super cute and super easy beach jello cups for our summer party and they were a hit!