Yesterday marked the official start of summer and with two little ones at home, I plan on taking full advantage of the warm weather and long days with fun activities everyone will enjoy. Summer provides the perfect backdrop for making family memories and life-long traditions. While most of our summer plans are spontaneous, I do have a running list of things I’d like to do – some big, some small. I’ve shared a few of them below to inspire you to make your summer awesome as well!!
- Go to the beach – This is a quintessential summer activity for me. There is nothing more “summer” than packing up lunch and spending the day building sandcastles and splashing in the waves. Having grown up only a few minutes from the beach, I took for granted that not everyone can spend their summers with sand between their toes. Since we no longer live near a beach, my kids think this is a novelty idea so we’ll make sure to plan plenty of mini trips to the ocean.
- Go to the movies – When you think summer, you think sun but the reality is there are plenty of rainy days when you need some indoor activities to keep busy. When my hubs suggested taking our daughter to a movie when she was only 2, I thought he was crazy! I was wrong though, she loved it! Since then, it has become a sort of father-daughter tradition that I can see continuing to grow as she gets older. They have already seen Pixar’s new Inside Out and had a blast. If the weather gets bad, check your theater to see what family friendly movies are playing!
- Visit the zoo – This is something my hubs and I have been planning to do for some time now and the warm weather will provide a great opportunity. My kids love animals – from tiny frogs to giant elephants – they cannot get enough. We’re going to indulge their enthusiasm and take them to the Bronx Zoo, which is a long but do-able car ride away. Use this great website to find a zoo near you!
- Draw a chalk family – Chalk is a huge hit in our house and drawing a chalk family is always especially fun. Have each family member lie down on the driveway and trace them. Then let the kids have a blast decorating each person, drawing on the hair, facial features, clothing, anything! It’s fun to see what they come up with.
- Play hopscotch – Also chalk based, this old-school activity is the perfect way to sneak in some educational fun for your kids. Playing a game of hopscotch not only helps improve gross motor skills, it provides an opportunity for kids to practice their numbers. You can also get creative, filling the board with letters or shapes instead of numbers!
- Grow our own vegetables – We have a garden in our backyard and the whole family gets involved in this project. Our kids are much more likely to eat the vegetables they have picked themselves! You can make the most of any outdoor space you have. If you don’t have the room for a large garden, some vegetables such as tomatoes and eggplant can be grown in just a pot (like this one)
- Check out some local festivals – In our state, there are an abundance of local fairs and festivals throughout the season. Visiting these festivals expose us to new experiences and new parts of our state, which we have really enjoyed. To find some fun events near you, check your state tourism website or a simple web search.
- Teach my daughter to jump rope – I’m not sure where exactly this one came from but ever since M saw someone jumping rope, she has wanted to do it herself. She’s young so I’m not sure she’ll be able to master it this year but there’s no reason she can’t try!
- Take a family vacation – The warm weather makes for the perfect backdrop for family vacations. The hubs and I have a relaxing week at the beach down south planned for the family as well as a great camping trip planned with my entire extended family (think aunts, uncles and cousin – oh my!). If you can’t get away, you can still have a wonderful time with a staycation!
What are you plans for the summer?