Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Family Fun ~ A to Z Style

Hey Friends! Happy June to you!

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)

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
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

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

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 ~

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 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

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

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, Family Fun, Parents Magazine, Kaboose, Chocolate Cake Moments, and for letting me pass along some of your fun family ideas!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

More great ideas... writing them down now, as I'm fresh out of ideas!


Caroline Mukisa said...

I love the binoculars idea. We're actually going to be flying a lot later in the summer so I'll make sure to look out for some cheap binoculars in the meantime. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

SO so cool! I'll have to make note of these! (On second thought maybe I'll write a post and link back, that's much easier (read: lazier))

Missie said...

These are great ideas!

Rosann said...

What a creative way to share summer fun ideas! Thanks for this post! :)


Pamela said...

Wow...such a fun list. I'll share it with my daughter (mother of 4). I'm here from Homemaker Honey. I am a follower of She Sparkles.

May your summer be full of joy and sunshine!


Sue Kirchner said...

Cindy - Your ideas are awesome, as always. Thanks for including links to I so totally appreciate the shout out. I'm still trying to figure out the perfect family volunteer project for the summer. Any other ideas?

Sue Kirchner
Chief Fun Officer

Nikki said...

Came across this post on Pinterest. Thanks for the list! I was totally expecting H to be Hula Hoop though! haha :)

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