Warmer weather means the season of outdoor fun is upon us. Have you already mapped out your summer, making sure to accommodate lots of sunshine and fresh air? Whether your calendar is already full, or this is the first you’ve thought of it, here are 7 family-friendly outdoor activities you need to add to your bucket list this summer.
Not long ago, when you were young, you begged your parents to set up the tent in the backyard and let you sleep under the stars—why not do the same for your kids? Don’t have a tent? Throw some sleeping bags out on your trampoline and let the kids sleep there.
No summer is complete without roasting s’mores. Whether you intend to take your kids out into the great outdoors or stay a little closer to home, make sure you have s’mores supplies on hand. And if you’re making a fire to roast s’mores, you might as well throw some hot dogs into the mix too. Because really, what’s summer without hot dogs?
Hit the Lake
The lake, the river, the reservoir—whatever body of water you have closest to you will do. Pack up the sand toys, towels, and blankets for sunbathing, and dust off those waterskis or wakeboards. No summer is complete without a lazy day on the water, soaking in the sun and feeling the wind blow through your hair as you venture around in your boat.
Take a Hike
There is no better time to enjoy the outdoors than in the summertime, and there’s really no better activity than hiking. If you have young children (or really, even if you don’t), consider shaking things up and going on a color hike, looking for different items in nature that fit every color of the rainbow. You could do the same thing with the alphabet and work through until you’ve named something to fit each letter—be creative and keep it fun.
Want to make sure your kids don’t lose reading skills over the summer? Devote one day to a read-a-thon. Take blankets and pillows outdoors to keep things comfortable, stock up on snacks, and ditch electronics for the day. Offering a prize to whoever reads the most books or most pages would be the icing on the cake.
What could be more fun than hide-and-seek in the daytime? Hide-and-seek in the nighttime. Equip each family member with a flashlight and free reign of your yard to hide. Be creative—any game is more fun when played in the dark.
Ice Cream Party
Buy a variety of ice creams and every topping imaginable and let your kids go for it. Ice cream for dinner? Excellent idea! President Reagan declared July as Ice Cream Month, so why not take advantage of it? And what better location for a messy ice cream party and a handful of sugar-shocked kids than outdoors?
Plan Your Bucket List
The possibilities of outdoor family fun are endless in the summer. Enjoy each moment and make the most of it—the warm weather won’t last forever.