10 Fun Summer Family Activities
by Katie Meyer View Bio
Katie Meyers is an expert in the entertainment industry and a SEO Specialist at SEO Design Chicago. Katie has worked in event planning and birthday party planning for six years in the Chicagoland area. Before joining the SEO Design Chicago team, she interned for them, as well as interned as a Content Writer at HZD Creates. Katie is from Washington State and has an AA and a Social Media Marketing Certificate. She enjoys Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball, and spending time with her dog, family, and friends. Katie likes reading and taking a variety of classes. Her favorite places to visit include the Oregon coast and a local lake cabin.
Investing into your family and making sure you spend quality time together will help you in the long run. Your kids will learn what it means to support one another. Find the things that you enjoy doing as a family, have fun, and make lasting memories together.
- Quality family time improves your child’s academic performance
- More family time results in less behavioral problems
- Spending time with family results in greater happiness
- More family time can lead to greater self confidence
- Family time offers a chance for growth and success
Summer is just around the corner. What’s your favorite summer activity? Do you have a favorite vacation spot? Summer break seems to fly by way too fast! So, before the snow and winter arrives here are some fun family summer activities that are sure to entertain family members of all ages.
Ride bikes or go hiking
Getting outside gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature. Biking together is always an adventure. Hiking or taking a walk can be a simple activity that the whole family will enjoy.
Make your own ice cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Making ice cream in an ice cream maker can be fun. Also, if you want to mix it up and turn making ice cream into a science experiment, grab a ziplock, put in cream, a pinch of salt, and sugar. Place the ice cream ziplock inside a larger ziplock ⅔ filled with ice and salt. Start shaking the bag. Before you know it, you’ll have your own single serving of ice cream!
Visit a theme park
Theme parks can be fun and there is something for everyone. If you’re not a fan of rides, you can be the valuable family member and be the great place holder in lines.
Set up the backyard for a camping trip
Sometimes camping sounds like an adventure but maybe you have a really young family and going to a campground seems overwhelming. If this is the case, why not pitch a tent in the backyard, grill some hot dogs or burgers. Maybe grab some marshmallows, chocolate bars and gram crackers and make some s’mores.
Paint rocks and tell a story
Painting rocks has become a popular activity for kids and adults. Going on walks to find rocks others have painted can be fun. Decorating and creating a story with multiple rocks to leave behind for others to find will make someone else’s walk interesting.
Visit a local lake or beach
Do you like the lake or the beach? Both can be enjoyable. Watching the waves roll in, the taste of salty air, the smell of the sea. Maybe you’d rather canoe, kayak, or water ski. Whichever you prefer you’ll always find something to do with your family. Swimming is fun and great exercise. Go to a local pool, swim in a lake, or if you’re in a warm climate, swim in the ocean. Enjoy a game of water volleyball or Marco Polo.
Watch a movie on the lawn
Ready… Set… Action! We all love movies, popcorn, candy, and any other movie snack. Pull up your favorite movie on Netflix or Amazon, sit on the lawn and enjoy your favorite family movie.
Have indoor snowball fights
Duck! Indoor snowball fights are a great way for any family or friends to have fun with the snow without having to endure the cold outside. No need to worry about harming friends or furniture with indoor snowballs.
Go to an arcade or play laser tag
Arcades and laser tag can be entertaining for all ages. Even grandma and grandpa can get in touch with their inner child. Get together with other friends and families and battle it out.
Volunteer as a family in your community
Volunteering in your community is a great way to expose your kids to different people. Working together to give back to your community always gives you a sense of purpose. Your kids will learn many lessons from this experience.