The summer season is full of fun, great weather, and the opportunity to develop your relationship with your kids. Even if you are a working parent, you can take advantage of some wonderful summer opportunities. This guide will help you determine how to make the most of your kid’s summer break before the new school year begins.
But summer plans don’t have to be fancy, extravagant or expensive. There are many things you can do on a budget that will help you bond with your kids or alleviate their summer boredom.
At Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we are a family oriented team excited to share with you simple yet fun family-friendly activities you can participate in this summer with the whole family.
What we know can put a damper on summer fun are family and custody-related legal issues such as visitation, permission to travel on vacation with your child, and more. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance or help with family-related issues, reach out to us today. Our compassionate family-friendly team can help.
Family-friendly Summertime Activities During Break
- Build a Lemonade Stand
The classic lemonade stand does not get the attention it used to, but this is a great way to have fun and teach the kids valuable life skills.
Kids can learn:
- Home improvement skills by building the stand with wood, hammer, and nails
- Financial skills by learning to count money, set prices for profit, and hand out change
- How to reach goals by working hard to earn money for something they have been wanting
- How to give back by donating their proceeds to a charity
- Kitchen skills by learning how to make lemonade that tastes good for repeat business
Even if it is a small-scale project that is just for fun, the kids will remember their days selling lemonade to their friends, neighbors, and family.
- Camp Out in the Backyard
Depending on the ages of your children, camping may seem like a daunting task. Many have taken to camping in their own backyards.
This offers many advantages!
- You are close to an indoor restroom. No one likes those camp bathrooms!
- If younger children get scared about sleeping outside, their beds are nearby.
- The tent can stay up for days if children want to camp out more than once.
- For families who can’t afford to travel, this feels like a miniature vacation.
There are many activities you can enjoy while camping in your backyard, such as:
- Building a campfire
- Roasting s’mores
- Telling stories (scary or not)
- Listening to nature as you relax
- Outdoor games, such as frisbee or catch
- Gaze at the stars and find constellations
Some even decorate their backyard with strings of lights or hanging decorations.
- Get Some Exercise
Everyone gets cabin fever at some point during the summer break. Whether work life keeps you busy, bad weather hits for a few days, or someone comes down with a summer cold, you will all eventually need to get outside.
- Hiking allows for an opportunity to enjoy nature while warming up your legs.
- Going for a swim is a popular summer activity, as well as making a trip to the lake.
- Take a family bike ride on a nature trail.
- Organize a giant game of Capture the Flag, Flag Football, Soccer, or Tag to get your blood pumping.
Our society is not always the best at physical health but getting outside on a regular basis will help these activities happen more naturally.
- Check Out Some Fireworks
The Fourth of July is a great time to remember where our country has come from and all that has happened in the fight for freedom. When celebrating living in our great nation, there are many ways to enjoy the time with family.
- Find a local fireworks display and take a blanket to a nearby field to enjoy the show
- Take the kids to the fair for some rides and classic fair food
- Have fun making creative outfits in red, white, and blue
- Let the kids help you create a fruit pizza with strawberries, blueberries, and cream cheese to represent our flag
No matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July, it is a great time to enhance your family bonds.
- Go Pick Some Fruit
From berries to apples, there are many opportunities to pick your own produce during the summer. Not only does this fruit taste better, but it gives you a day with the family to take pictures, pick some yummy food, and learn more about how food grows. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and apples are popular fruit to go pick.
You could also visit a farm and show the kids how different animals are raised or how crops are cultivated. Agriculture and food science are interesting areas to examine, and your kids may decide they want to work with animals in the future or help grow food for their community!
Most of All: Enjoy and Relax
While it is good to have a plan for some of the summer, you will also want to be okay with sitting around and just relaxing. Our lives are very busy with activities, family functions, and work obligations. Taking some time to just relax with the family at home will also be appreciated and help renew everyone’s spirit.
At Fennell, Briasco, & Associates, we know just how precious time with family can be, especially on summer break when the stress of the school year is well in the rearview. If you need help with regards to a family-related legal issue, custody, parenting plan or visitation rights, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.