Enjoy this guest post, “Five Great Summer Activities for Families and Children,” by Nadia Anthony.
We are fast approaching the June 20 summer solstice, marking the first official day of Summer. If you have kids in school, they are likely finishing their final exams and getting excited about their summer vacation ahead. The summertime is perfect for family bonding and making precious memories that will last a lifetime. It is important that you begin considering some fun activity ideas now for the warm months ahead. Kids often feel an immediate high and wave of energy once their summer vacations begin, but this high can slowly fade into boredom and laziness. You will want to have some fun activities planned and so let’s take a look at a few great ideas to help get you started.
Build a Family Tree House
A tree house represents the ultimate escape from the dull and mundane. Kids often fantasize about having such an escape from the realities of everyday life. If you have strong trees in your backyard that can support a tree house, you can do some research online to understand how to build a beautiful one that the entire family can enjoy. The actual process of building a tree house can be an excellent family bonding activity. Once the tree house is built, your kids can have adventures all summer long with their friends.
Camping is a classic summer activity that the entire family can enjoy. You may not even have to leave your home to camp if you can pitch a tent in your backyard. You can start a fire and make s’mores that the entire family can enjoy. All the members of your family can take turns telling scary stories or you could prepare a fun scavenger hunt. Camping is an excellent activity that promotes family bonding and helps your children build appreciation for nature.
Organize a Family Olympics
If you want to encourage your children to stay active and focus on health and fitness, you may want to consider organizing a family olympics, which would make for a fantastic bonding opportunity. An afternoon family olympics event could consist of such activities as a balloon toss, two-legged race, tug-of-war, jump-roping and hula-hooping. You can keep track of the results of each event and have a ceremony at the end to honor the top performers. A family olympics is a great event that can help build teamwork and sportsmanship.
Participate in Family Volunteering Activities
You can take your entire family to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen that may have a number of great volunteering activities and opportunities. Volunteering helps build character and conveys to children the importance of giving back to their community. By volunteering, your kids will develop important skills in teamwork and communication. The public library is another excellent place your children can volunteer at.
Let Your Kids Cool Off With a Water Balloon Fight
You should expect record high temperatures this summer, which means that your kids will absolutely want to cool off. You can let your kids have a safe water balloon fight in the backyard. Let your kids start the summer off on a wet and wild note!
As a parent, you do not have to dread the start of summer out of worry that your children will become bored or lazy. By planning several fun activities for your children and the entire family, you can keep your kids busy, productive and happy. Be sure to have your camera or camcorder handy because you will want to preserve all the precious memories that will be made this summer.
Nadia Anthony is the proud mother of two girls and one boy, freelance writer and online instructor for College City. Nadia is excited about creating beautiful, lasting memories with her family this summer.