20 Things To Do This Summer

If you haven’t noticed, this week has a bit of a summer theme to it. The summer luau with the yarn lei tutorial. Then the Be Out There intriguing site yesterday. And I’m here today with a list. You know how I love making lists. It’s been a while, so here I go with 20 things to do this summer…

  1. Play in the sprinklers. It waters your lawn and cools you off at the same time. Really. When was the last time you went down a slip ‘n slide? I think it’s time. And if you have a large trampoline in your backyard, put the sprinklers underneath as you jump. Now that’s fun.
  2. Visit a museum. Especially when it is way too hot to be outside. If you are a Bank of America member (bank account or credit card) you can visit local museums for free on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. It’s their special program for members called Museum on Us. It’s fabulous. Visit their site to see which museums in your area are free.
  3. Sign up for local library’s summer reading program. Our local reading program gives out free kids meals at fast food restaurant to kids who read a certain number of books. You should check out your library to see what kind of reading programs they have for the kids, teens and adults.
  4. Have a yard sale, cupcake sale or lemonade stand. Make some money while you are at it.
  5. Visit a park and fly a kite. Check your local library for free park passes to state parks and historical sites. We check out this pass from our library to be tourists in our own state.
  6. Make popsicles. Here are a few awesome popsicle recipes to get you started.
  7. Make papaya milkshakes. My own recipe coming your way this Friday. So check back. You won’t want to miss this.
  8. Have a luau. Get all Hawaiian on summer and party island style. Play some island music, or you can always fall back on Bob Marley if you don’t have Hawaiian music. Eat lots of food. And make some leis.
  9. Create a play date group. Gather some moms with kids who are out of school and do a play date at the park or even in your backyard. It’s a great excuse for moms to have some girl time while the kids run amok. Rotate home or person in charge of play date ideas.
  10. Play in the dirt. Make mud pies or “chocolate milk” with dirt. Get down and dirty. Your kids will love it. Little Tykes has some great mud toys such as mud pie kitchen or mud pies kit.
  11. Hike and picnic. Use Be Out There to search for great hiking trails and other outdoor place to have picnics.
  12. Get crafty. Visit Michael’s or JoAnn on Saturdays they do free demos and crafts classes for kids. Good excuse to get out on Saturdays and learn something new.
  13. Build something at Home Depot and Lowe’s free workshops. My kids love these. What kid doesn’t like to use a hammer? Each first Saturday of the month for Home Depot. Lowe’s have them once or twice a month also on Saturdays. Check your local Lowe’s for workshop dates.
  14. Ice blocking. Freeze a large block of ice and find a hill. Sit your bum on that ice and down you slide. Bring a towel and maybe a change of shorts.
  15. Roam around in an antique store, farmer’s market or thrift store. This is my favorite thing on the list. I love supporting local vendors and eating farm fresh foods. You’ll find the most interesting things.
  16. Cheap or free summer movies. Check your local parks for outdoor movies. Regal movie theater has free summer family movies. AMC movie theaters offer $1 family movies every Tuesday at 10 a.m. And Carmike Cinemas also offer $1 Summer Kid Movies with $1 drink and $1 popcorn. Or get creative and plug your TV outside somewhere and get cozy.
  17. Plant herbs, a tree or a garden. Children will love watching plants grow and taking care of it. It’s like a pet, but without all the cleaning up after.
  18. Make dinner together as a family. When was the last time everyone participate in making dinner together? Even my 16-month-old loves to “help” in the kitchen. It’s more making a mess by flicking food everywhere rather than stirring. But I have to let that clean and orderly part of me go and just enjoy all of us accomplishing something together. Each person can pitch in whichever way they can.
  19. Geocaching. I’ve actually never done this before. But I would love to do this. It sounds so fun. A real live treasure hunt that everyone in the family can participate. Go to the geocaching website to find out all about it.
  20. Build a bon fire. Roast marshmallows. Get that smokey smell on your clothes and in your hair. Make some meals over an open fire. Just make sure you check your local burning and fire regulations before doing so.

» Tell me… What is something you are looking forward to doing this summer?

9 Responses to “20 Things To Do This Summer”

  • Krista

    I’m going to the beach! And trying out some new splash pads in the local communities. Free Fun!

  • Nicole Robinson

    I have always wanted to try geocaching too! My sister’s family has done it for a looong time, and its how my niece was proposed to by her now-husband. 🙂

  • Cecilia

    Our town also offers free outdoor concerts. We pack up a snack and if things get hairy, we can always leave without feeling cheated out of the admission charge 🙂 Or go to a Drive in, if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area. The one near us has carload night, where you pay the admission for two adults per car, so your kids go in for free. We put the blow up mattress in the bed of our truck, bring pillows and lots of bug spray and swing by the local pizza place for take out. This is our favorite!

    • Tiffany

      those are all great ideas too! thanks for sharing them.

  • Erin

    catch fireflies! wade in the creek! build a sandcastle! mow the lawn! Meh. That last one, who needs it? Ha!


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