Enjoy Your Summer With 8 Fun Family Activities

The weather is warm, the kids are out of school, and fun is in the air. Summer is the perfect time to take a step back and enjoy spending quality time with your loved ones. Make the most of this special time of year with these fun family activities.

  1. Enjoy the Pool

With good reason, taking a dip in the pool is one of the most obvious summer activities. If you are interested in putting a pool in your backyard, there are many options for affordable pools. Some alternatives might be visiting a community pool or joining a gym.

  1. Try Backyard Camping

Who needs to visit a campsite when you have a perfectly good backyard for you and your family to set up camp? Turn backyard camping into an adventure by pulling out the tents and sleeping bags with your children. You can cook up some hot dogs and s'mores with a campfire or a grill, tell scary stories and snuggle in together for the evening.

  1. Make a Sidewalk Chalk Mural

If your children are interested in drawing, art or being creative, another great idea is to plan and execute the creation of a giant sidewalk chalk mural. This endeavor is good for hours of fun, from the planning to the drawing to all of the photographs you'll take when it's completed.

  1. Wash the Car

Your children will enjoy being able to put on their swimsuits and use the hose to suds up your vehicle because they can have fun cooling off in the water. Another idea is turning your car wash into a community service project by doing a neighborhood car wash and asking for donations that you will donate to a local charity. It is entirely possible to turn this endeavor into a teaching moment.

  1. Make Homemade Ice Cream

There are many ways to make ice cream using ingredients you have on hand even if you don't have an ice cream maker. The internet is full of recipes for every kind of frozen treat imaginable. It would be a great idea to find a recipe, buy the ingredients and get prepping as a family. Then, you'll all have the mutual satisfaction of enjoying your ice cream and knowing that you worked together to make it a successful project.

  1. Go to a Splash Pad

Splash pads and parks have cropped up all over the country in recent years, so chances are high that you might have one near your home. Have the family put on their swimsuits and go have some warm weather fun while splashing yourselves and each other.

  1. Have a Cookout

Few things say summertime quite like a cookout. Gather your family and friends together for the event. Set up some fun warm-weather games, like badminton, frisbee and cornhole. If you want, have your guests bring a side or dessert while you take care of the grilling. You are almost guaranteed to have a great time enjoying each other's company.

  1. Take a Nature Walk

People of all ages can benefit from a walk in nature. Besides getting your heart rate up, taking an outdoor stroll with the family can encourage discussion about things in nature. Go a step further by putting together a scavenger hunt. Have everyone compete to see who can finish the hunt first, or have everyone work together. If you have enough people, break into two or three groups. Put specific things on the list like a squirrel, pink flowers or a hole in a tree. Your family is sure to have a wonderful time searching for the items.

The most important element of each of these fun summertime activities is that they encourage families to hang out together. When the weather turns cold and the pools get covered up for the fall, you will still have memories of these wonderful times to remind you all why family is so important.