50 Summer Family FUN Ideas!

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Summer is by far my favorite season! I love the sun, water, and laid back family fun. It is also the season that my entire family is here – we have my stepdaughter over the summer, the college kids are home, my mom and siblings always come down for a couple weeks. It is just the season that memories are made of!

To kick off the summer weathers we had our first family picnic of the year. Of course it rained all week, but a little rain wasn’t stopping us! As Livia sung to me, “it’s raining, it’s pouring- we are playing though it’s storming!”

Stouffer’s Skillets

Needing some quick, easy, healthy meal ideas we headed to Walmart to check out their Stouffer’s Skillet Meals, fruit, and Edy’s Ice-cream

easy family meals

I love using Stouffer’s skillet meals on Family nights because they are completely low maintenance and everyone loves them! The are so easy to make that I let the kids cook them which just adds to the family fun! Plus they are only 330 calories per serving so I don’t have to feel guilty about eating pasta! In the time that I saved on meal prep and clean up we were able to enjoy a board game and make our summer bucket list!

We even got lucky and the sun came out for long enough for a water balloon fight and popsicles! We tried the Outshine Strawberry Rhubarb and Wonka Banana Peel Pops. Both were big hits with the kids and I loved the Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit and Veggie Bar. Strawberry Rhubarb is for summer what Apple pie is to fall for me. It was perfect!

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Summer Family Fun Ideas!

 
Outdoor Fun:

  1. Go on a Water Balloon Hunt {Mess for Less}
  2. Play Phonics Target Practice with Water Balloons {Mess for Less}
  3. Make Giant Bubbles! {Red Ted Art}
  4. Go on an Ice Excavation {Montessori en Casa}
  5. Discover Magic in the Garden {Let’s Play Music}
  6. Go on a Buried Treasure Hunt {The Chaos and The Clutter}
  7. Ice Painting {The Chaos and The Clutter}
  8. Shaving Cream Sidewalk Chalk {The Chaos and The Clutter}
  9. Cotton Ball Splatter Painting {The Chaos and The Clutter}
  10. Lemonade Stand {Play Dr. Mom}
  11. Make Nature Bracelets {Play Dr. Mom}
  12. Make Sun Prints
  13. Make Ice Cream in a Bag
  14. Make binoculars out of paper rolls and go exploring
  15. Water Fight!
  16. Paint with Bubbles
  17. Teach the kids to swim
  18. Catch fireflies
  19. Play mini-golf
  20. Go on a Family Bike ride
  21. Go Berry Picking
  22. Have a Boat Race {Red Ted Art}
  23. Garden Tic-Tac-Toe {Thrive 360 Living}
  24. Make a Kite {Red Ted Art}
  25. Press Flowers {Red Ted Art}

Indoor Fun:

  1. Make an indoor obstacle course
  2. Make our own photo memory game
  3. Camp out in the living room
  4. Make our own puzzles out of drawings
  5. Put on a play {Red Ted Art}
  6. Make a melted crayon masterpiece
  7. Explore water beads
  8. Play Simon Says drawing
  9. Family Wii Time
  10. Have a read-a-thon
  11. Build a Marble Run
  12. Have Puppet Show{Red Ted Art}
  13. Board Game Night
  14. Make a Volcano
  15. Make Friendship Bracelets {The Purl Bee}
  16. Collect Sea Shells
  17. Make a Sea Shell Frame {Chiffon Souffle}
  18. Make Beaded Bubble Wands
  19. Make a Photo Journal {Red Ted Art}
  20. Make a Summer Necklace {Growing Up Creative}
  21. Drive-in Movie Night {Hostess with the Mostest}
  22. Pool Noodle Sculptures {And Next Comes L}
  23. Make a Light Table {And Next Comes L}
  24. Make Get up and Move Dice {Growing a Jeweled Rose}
  25. Have a Kids Cook Dinner Night!

What is your favorite Summer family activity?

About Stephanie Oswald

Austin, TX parenting blogger and early childhood intervention specialist. Mommy to three wonderfully amazing kids who is learning how to navigate my chaotic life as a parent.


Comments

  1. This looks great for the summer months and saves on electric.
    cassandra mccann recently posted…Origin Studio Wallet GiveawayMy Profile

  2. What an AWESOME list! It is great for kids of all ages too. Thank you for all the suggestions. I’m pinning so I can refer back to this again over the summer. The temps here in NJ just got into the low 60s today so we’re not ready quite yet. Enjoy the time with your stepdaughter and extended family!
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  3. This is a great list of fun family summer activities. Makes me wish my daughter was little again.

  4. Maria Oller says:

    Wow awesome idea some of them are good for my teens as well!!

  5. Terrific ideas! Thanks a much for including a couple of my posts!
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  6. So many great ideas for this summer! Thanks for sharing this, Stephanie!
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  7. These are some great ideas for someone with little kids!
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  8. Thanks for the fun ideas! #client
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  9. I love the summer pictures of your kids! They look like they are having so much fun!

    Thanks for including some of our summer fun activities.
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