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20 Things to Do To Make the Most Out Of Your Summer Vacation!


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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3.  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!
  4. Water Balloon Fight– Is there anything more summer than this?!
  5. 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.
  6. Make Slime Making slime is all the rage right now! Your local craft store will have all the supplies you need.
  7. 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!
  8.  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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

I hope you all have a fun & memorable summer vacation!

I am always looking for new and exciting things to do with the kids so feel free to leave me some of your favorite summer activities in the comments below, I’d love to hear your ideas!!

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    Samantha Carter
    June 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the ideas in this list! I can’t wait to add visiting a fair, picking berries, and having a water balloon fight to our summer bucket list! Thank you for sharing!

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    June 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I only have one child (so far!) and I am home most of the week with him. He just turned 2! Without the flow of school and schedules, I think I forgot what a special time summer can be for a child. Thank you for this- I think I will make a summer bucket list for us!!

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    Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries
    June 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    This is a great list of ideas! My daughter and I made ice cream and went to a hot air balloon festival this weekend – so much fun and such perfect summer activities!

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    June 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Such fun ideas! We love having water balloon fights, and I am a firm believer in ice cream almost daily in the Summer!

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    June 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    This list just made me smile. My brothers and I would always want to play with water balloons growing up. Kids are so lucky to have those new *cheap* water balloon makers than can make 100 in under a minute! That would take us all afternoon. Oh sweet summer memories

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    June 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    This is definitely a do-able list. I feel so much pressure to make the summer super exciting, which is pointless because my kids have year-round school. We will celebrate in August!

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    June 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    These are great ideas. I don’t have kids, but I am tempted to implement these for myself! Especially going to a farm, that would be so much fun.

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    Christine C
    June 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Great post with lots of great pictures and ideas! Looks like so much fun!

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    June 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What a great reminder to have fun instead of letting the business of life take over

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    Krista Hager
    June 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations on going live! Love these ideas :-!

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    Mary Leigh
    June 27, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Ohh, these are good ideas! Now I want to make a smore!

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    Alexandra Elfers
    June 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I love your list!

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    Terryn Winfield
    June 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I love this list! It’s exciting enough, but still doable for anyone. Hope you have a great summer too!

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    Shauna Walker | shaunacoleman.com
    July 5, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Omgoodness the berry picking brought back so many memories from my childhood! Me and my cousin used to go all the time. I miss those days!

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    July 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love all of these ideas. All of it so wholesome and fun and relaxing! Thanks for sharing. I’ll try a few 🙂

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    Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
    August 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    OMG, These are wonderful tips! Love making s’mores with the family!

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    August 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    These are cool ideas. Let my kid grow up will try all the above

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