Ah, summertime – The days of sunshine, grilling outside, and fireflies flashing at dusk are finally upon us. Longer days and summer vacations also mean more downtime, play time, and hopefully more family time!
Here at Confetti, many of us have started the tradition of creating summer bucket lists with our families. We believe this is a great way to ensure we have set family time on our calendars, give each family member the opportunity to contribute and push ourselves to try new activities. After all, what’s better than warm weather adventures with those we love most?!
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite unique family activities perfect for summer. Not only will each idea beat boredom, but these family activities will also spark creativity and fun, picture-perfect memories!
Camp Out in Your Backyard
Even if a family vacation isn’t in the cards for this summer, you can still feel like you’re a million miles away by planning a fun family camping experience right in your backyard. Set up a tent, layout your sleeping bags for star gazing and make a campfire to roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. Encourage the entire family to stay outside (except for bathroom breaks!) to feel a world away from home – in a good way.
Construct a City Out of Boxes
Utilize old moving boxes you have lying around, or make a quick trip to U-Haul to purchase a bunch of boxes in a variety of different shapes and sizes (local businesses might have some they’re willing to part with for free, too!). Family members of all ages will have a blast making their own miniature city by duct taping the boxes together. Once the structure is complete, pull in pillows and blankets and make sure to cut out windows and add artwork to each room with markers!
Go Back in Time
What’s more fun than pretending that you’ve traveled back in time? Head back to the 1950’s by visiting a local diner for milkshakes and then going to a drive-in movie theater. Bonus points if anyone dons a poodle skirt and ponytail or leather jacket and slicked back hair! No outdoor movie theater near you? Consider renting or buying a projector and screen a movie in your back yard!
Conduct At-Home Experiments
Even though summer vacation is upon us, it doesn’t mean we can’t inject a little learning into our fun time! In fact, children are born scientists: They’re always experimenting with something, whether its blowing bubbles in the bath or mixing different types of food together to see how it tastes. While older kids might be interested in more complex activities – like learning how to code – there are many fun (and sometimes mind-blowing!) hands-on science experiments that can be done at home to delight kids and adults of all ages. For instance, try combining Borax and Elmer’s Glue to create homemade slime or use lemon juice to create invisible ink that can only be seen when held up to a heat source!
Have a Backyard Field Day
A great way to spend all day outside as a family is to hold a backyard field day, filled with games that everyone decides on together. Invite over extended family or close friends, and split everyone up into teams to compete in fun games like wiffle ball, capture the flag, potato sack races and more. As an add-on, the weekend before each team can meet up to design their uniforms to help with team camaraderie!
Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
It’s often easy to overlook fun activities in your hometown and state, especially if they’ve been deemed “touristy.” Although sightseeing is usually saved for traveling, experiencing the history of where you live can be an eye-opening experience. So, set aside one day this summer to act like a tourist coming to town for the first time. This will allow you to see all that your area has to offer through a new lens! Activities can include touring historic buildings, taking fun photos with monuments or statues and experiencing different ways of transportation that don’t usually make sense for locals (such as the Duck Boats in Boston or double decker busses in London).
As you embark on your summer adventures, make sure you’re capturing moments via photos along the way as many of these memories will last a lifetime!