Summer is finally here, and it’s the perfect time to spend quality time with your family. With long sunny days and the kids off from school, there are so many fun activities you can do as a family. Whether you’re looking to learn something new or just have some fun, here are 25 ideas to get you started.
1. Visit Museums
Museums are both educational and entertaining, and they’re one of the best ways to spend a day out with your family. Take a look online to find out what’s on offer in your area, or make a day trip further afield to discover something new.
2. Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Trip
Summer weather is the perfect setting for a hot air balloon journey. You can capture some special memories with your family and admire the breathtaking views from above.
Teaching kids some skills in the kitchen is a great opportunity to instill healthy eating habits into their lives. Make some healthy snacks like homemade pizza with organic wholemeal flour or Yotam Ottolenghi’s cauliflower cake.
4. Have a Picnic
Pack a lunch brimming with brilliant food and head to a nearby park or countryside to have a meal outdoors. Fine food, fun conversation, and a rustic setting make it a perfect day out.
5. Go Treasure Hunting
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt with Geocaching. It’s a global event where people hide caches and leave notes for you to go on a treasure hunt.
6. Start a YouTube Channel
Starting a YouTube channel is easy and free. You can vlog about anything or take on something more ambitious like making a family film or documenting the antics of a pet.
7. Start a Blog
Join the international blogging community with a family site. It’s free to start and offers a great opportunity to digitally meet new people across the world.
Reading is essential for kids to expand their vocabulary and learn more about the world. Instead of Harry Potter, why not have a reading session with something new and discover the illustrated edition of E.H. Gombrich’s classic A Little History of the World.
9. Find Out More About Film
Aside from watching films, it’s great to analyze and discuss them with the family. BBC’s Kermode and Mayo Film Review Show is a perfect mix of humor, discussion, and reviews of the latest releases.
10. Do Some Chores (in a Fun Way)
ChoreMonster gets kids involved in making it fun and exciting to complete daily tasks. It’s a great way to make them independent and take on new responsibilities at home.
11. Take a Road Trip
Roadtrippers and Waze are two apps to inspire a road trip. You can tour your local community or explore new destinations around the world with the help of the Atlas Obscura book.
12. Get Artistic
Get creative with the family and express yourself with paper, pens, pencils, coloring crayons, or paint. It helps us analyze the world to a greater extent, which is ideal for young, flourishing minds.
13. Try a Writing Game
Collaborative writing games like exquisite corpse are incredibly entertaining. Write a sentence, cover it up, but provide a word for the next person to complete their sentence. Continue until you finish.
14. Get a SNES Classic Mini
Nintendo’s games are fantastic fun for all ages. If you don’t want to pay for a brand new games console, pick up a NES Classic Mini or SNES Classic Mini. These are only available until the end of 2018 and can be quite difficult to get your hands on, but it’s worth it.
15. Do Some Volunteer Work
Volunteering at a local animal sanctuary or shelter is a great way to teach your children about empathy and doing good deeds for others.
16. Have a Game Night
Family game night is a great way to bond and have some fun. Celebrate summer with some classics like Monopoly or Risk or try something new like Settlers of Catan.
17. Visit an Amusement Park
Amusement parks are packed with fun for the whole family. Enjoy the thrill of roller coasters, carnival games, and food stalls.
18. Go Camping
Camping is a great way to get outdoors and explore nature with your family. Roast marshmallows, go on hikes, and enjoy the starry nights.
19. Go Swimming
On hot summer days, swimming is the perfect way to cool off. Visit a local pool or water park or head to a nearby lake or beach.
20. Watch a Movie Outdoors
Take advantage of warm summer nights and watch a movie outdoors. There are plenty of outdoor movie screenings in parks or you can set up your own with a projector and a sheet.
21. Try a New Hobby
Summer is a great time to try out a new hobby as a family. Whether it’s gardening, knitting, or even skateboarding, there’s no better time to give it a go.
22. Explore Your City
Even if you’ve lived in a city for years, there’s always something new to discover. Try out new restaurants, explore new neighborhoods, or visit a landmark you’ve never seen before.
23. Have a BBQ
BBQs are a summer classic. Grill up some burgers, hot dogs, and veggies or try something new like grilled pizza or portobello mushrooms.
24. Build Something Together
Building something as a family is a great way to bond and learn new skills. Build a treehouse, a birdhouse or even a fort in the backyard.
25. Play Sports
Summer is a great time to get active with your family. Try out different sports like soccer, tennis, or even frisbee.
In conclusion, there are plenty of fun activities you can do as a family during the summer. Whether it’s visiting museums, going treasure hunting, or trying out a new hobby, there’s no shortage of things to do. Get creative, get outside, and most importantly, have fun!