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Smarter Family: Summer Fun List

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Summer will quickly slip by; it always does. Before you know it, the chill will be back in the evenings and it will be time to start planning for school. But while we are still here, right near the wonderful beginning of this fun season, now's a great time to come up with a summer fun list for you and your family. Since school's out, there are always many days with time to fill, and having a plan and some great ideas lined up helps. Here are some ideas to get you jump started:

1) Go explore a new place. Whether it's a week vacation somewhere, a long weekend, or just a day trip, think of a place you've never been and enjoy the adventure. Last summer we took a free ferry to a little island off NYC for the afternoon, and rented bikes there and drank pineapple lemonade a Jamaican was selling, and visited an old prison and my kid talked about it all year. It was great!

2) Enjoy a summer evening outside by a bonfire or fire pit, with all the fixings for ‘smores and some not-too-spooky ghost stories.

3) Catch fireflies, butterflies, ladybugs or whatever other cool insects your kids might be fascinated by and observe them.

4) Go (night) swimming.

5) Camp. Even if it's just in your backyard or your living room, under a homemade sheet tent, bring flashlights and enjoy the experience of sleeping somewhere other than your beds. No one needs to wake up to catch the school bus after all!

6) Grow something edible, and then enjoy eating it.

7) Make a family summer album and record all the fun things you do together.

8) Have a sandcastle contest.

9) Make your own pizza for dinner.

10) Try a new activity. Summer always offers so many new and different outdoor activities, so go ahead and be brave and try something new. You never know, you might all love it. If nothing else, it will be a fun memory that will last for many seasons to come.

What's on your summer fun list?


by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

right now .. my summer fun list includes repainting ! and letting my boys swim and play as much as they can before school starts back !

by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

they are in camp and we also go swimming most afternoons before dinner.

by Lisa on Jul. 10, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Go to the park more and go swimming.

by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM
Splash pads, running asa a family and viditing family.
by Greta on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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We have most of those things scheduled already. I built a fire pit in our backyard but we are under a burn ban this summer. Thankfully I have a s'mores roasting pan for the grill lol.
by June on Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

We do fires all the time.  We just got a boat, so lots of fishing and boating planned.  We have a camping trip planned later this month.

by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

just enjoy summer and life!

by Amanda on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Going to the local summer festival, the beach, a water park. Taking long family walks and collecting wildflowers. 

by Lynsey on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM
That dog graphic is so cute :)
by Lynsey on Jul. 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM
No real plans for us this summer. Just enjoying the sun.
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