I just love summer! What a perfect opportunity to enjoy our children and participate in many of the outings and activities we can’t fit into our school-day schedule.
Let's make our ordinary summer days "extraordinary"!! :)
I've already started putting together a Summer 2011 plan "template" to help organize and coordinate some of our plans. Now it's time to let the fun begin! Here are some of my favorite Summer Family Fun Ideas ~ A to Z Style!
(A quick disclaimer....I've tried to think of things that you could participate in regardless of the city you live in. For my Grand Rapids friends, many of the ideas in blue have links that will lead you to more specific local times and information. For all of the ideas, I tried to think of inexpensive ideas ~ if it costs more than $5 per person, I did not include it on the list).
*Summer Family Fun ideas from A to Z*....
A - Airport ~ My kids love having a picnic at the airport! My amazing mom purchased binoculars for each of the kids (from garage sales), and the kids LOVE running around watching the planes come in OR turn your backyard/garage into your own Art Camp (ideas here)
B- Bowling; bike rides; bubbles (check out bubble games here); Block party (check out these great ideas here); boating; the beach
C - Camp-out in the Family Room. Grab your sleeping bags, flashlights, and smores, and get ready for fun! (more camping ideas here); OR sidewalk chalk
D - Dance Party ~ Find some fun 70's or 80's music, crank it up, and let the fun begin!
E - Eat out (the food court at the mall is always a fun experience for kids)
F- Catch some Fireflies OR Family Fun Night ~ Invite over another family for food, fun, and fellowship
G - Game Night ~ Have everyone pick a favorite board game to play. (More Game Night ideas here)
H - Hawaiian party ~ Host your own luau! Grab a beach towel, bathing suit, beach ball, and any leis you might have around your house ~ and let the fun begin! You can even play Hawaii Bingo (More Hawaii ideas here)
I - Ice Cream Sundae Night (info here)
J - Jump rope (complete with your favorite jump rope songs here)
K - Krispy Kreme doughnuts ~ wait until the Krispy Kreme light is on, and then go in for your free doughnut!
L - Letterboxing ~ If you haven't tried Letterboxing before, you must! (Get started here or our family's letterboxing fun here) OR Lemonade Stand
M - Movie Night ~ Fun Family Movie Night ideas here OR Miniature Golf
N - Nature Walk ~ Enjoy the beautiful weather with a Nature Walk! Give each of the kids a brown lunch bag with items listed on it to collect and/or discover. (Also, if you live in the Grand Rapids area, click here to join the Connect with Nature Challenge! It sounds great!)
O - Opposite Day ~ Do everything backwards! Eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast OR enjoy the great Outdoor Games (lots of game ideas here)
P - Host a Potluck OR Pick fresh fruit/veggies OR Pizza Party ~ Let the kids make their own pizza!
Q - Quiet time ~ head to your local library for some quiet reading and/or story time activities. (The link for Kent District Library events ~ here)
R - Road trip ~ Let the kids help plan a Road Trip! Depending on your financial situation and the ages of your children, you can plan a Road Trip near or far. Do you have a relative or friend you could visit? A park you've always wanted to experience? Maybe it's time for a Road Trip! Remember, part of the fun is in the planning ~ so let everyone look at the maps, write out the itnerary, pack the snacks, bring activities for the car, and more!
S - Smores (yummy recipes here) OR Scavenger Hunt (ideas here) OR Sandbox fun
T - Treasure Hunt OR host a Tea Party (ideas here) OR go tubing
U - Underwater activities ~ Find a local swimming pool and swim, swim, swim! Another idea...we sometimes go to priceline.com to bid on a hotel for the night. In Grand Rapids, you can stay at a nice 3 star hotel for $40. The kids love it ~ they swim for hours and hours (and I love room service ~ no cooking for mom)!!
V - Volunteer. I usually invite a friend's 3 kids over for the day to provide free child care while she works. Or you could mow a lawn. Walk a neighbor's dog. Pick up trash. The ideas are endless... OR send your kids to VBS (Vacation Bible School) ~ Grand Rapids VBS list here
W - Walk! Walk to the nearest park. Or walk around the block backwards. OR have a Water balloon fight War!
X - eXercise. Set up a family exercise experience! (Get started here)
Y - YMCA. Go to the YMCA or another local gym. Many will let you try their facility for free for the day.
Z - Head to the Zoo! (Grand Rapids' John Ball Park link here)
Yippee! Let the summer fun begin! :)
What are some of your favorite family fun activities? Do you have fun things planned yet this month?? Please share with us YOUR favorite summer fun actviities! I'd love to hear from you!
May your Summer be filled to the brim with much joy, laughter, and fun, family moments!!
P.S. For tons more "Boredom Buster" ideas ~ head on over to We Are That Family. You'll love all the fun ideas being shared!
P.S.S. A special thanks to GR kids.com, Family Fun, Parents Magazine, Kaboose, Chocolate Cake Moments, and for letting me pass along some of your fun family ideas!