Summer Activities for Families

by | May 8, 2023 | Mom Tips

Simple Summer Fun

Make it a summer to remember for your whole family with these fun summer activities for everyone!

Summer Fun for Everyone

Summertime is the perfect time to reconnect as a family.

As parents, we will be lucky if we get 18 full summers with our kiddos and it’s so incredibly important to make each one we get count!

I know from experience that it all goes by way too quickly and the one thing I will never be able to say is “I spent too much time with my kids”.

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Summers pass as quickly as a dandelion blows away…

Much like last summerI only have one kiddo at home this summer!

My 16 & 18-year-old boys are busy working their full-time jobs and I thoroughly miss the years of having them home playing in our backyard pool or our endless hours of summer crafting together.

Cherish these upcoming summer months for they will be only a memory one day soon.

Summer Activities for Families

Spending time together as a family over the summer is always something I look forward to!

While my boys tend to be busy at work Monday-Saturday, we all get the chance to refresh and connect on Sundays and it’s something I will cherish forever!

I know these boys will be off on their own before too long and these are the moments I live for.

If you are looking for ways to connect with your kids (especially your older kids or teens) try picking a couple of these family-friendly summer activities!

Outdoor Family Fun

Disconnect from the world and reconnect with your kiddos this summer by enjoying the great outdoors together.

Outdoor Summer Activities for the Family

Check out my top picks for outdoor family fun in the summertime!

  • Take a camping trip
  • Sit around a campfire
  • Plan a day at the lake (rent a boat, go kayaking, swimming, or paddle boarding)
  • Go fishing
  • Have an outdoor movie night
  • Park hop (perfect if you have little ones)
  • Make sun tea
  • Have a picnic in your backyard
  • Go to the zoo
  • Make tie-dye shirts together
  • Go hiking together
  • Plant a garden
  • Take a road trip
  • Go berry picking
  • Visit a field of sunflowers or the beach (depending on your region) for a family photo op

Indoor Family Fun

While outdoor family fun is the best way to disconnect from the digital world, there are days when the fun needs to be taken inside.

Host a Family Movie Night for Summer

Beat the heat and stay indoors for these summer activities perfect for family downtime.

 

Summer Activities for Kids

While spending time with your kiddos during the summer can be a wonderful blessing, sometimes Mom needs a moment to catch up on a task or refresh with a little self-care.

For those moments, it’s important to have a few fun summer activities for kids to lean on.

Outdoor Kid Fun

Spending time outdoors is important all year round, and summer is seriously the perfect time to do just that.

Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

Help your kiddos bust their boredom with just a handful of these fun outdoor summer activities!

Indoor Kid Fun

Too hot to play outside? No problem!

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Try some of these simple (screen-free) summer activities to keep kids busy indoors.

Summer Activities for Teens

While summertime tends to look a little different for teenagers, sometimes they might need a little motivation to get off the couch and do something on their own as well!

Volunteer T-shirt

If you have a teen that needs to fill some of their time this summer, encourage them to try one of these simple ideas.

  • Get a summer job
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Babysit for neighbors
  • Host a game night for friends
  • Join a local gym
  • Participate in a reading challenge or club
  • Go to the water park/amusement park
  • Go stargazing with friends

Enjoying Your Summer

Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a simple day at home, enjoying your summer by creating a healthy mixture of family time and independence is the key to a successful summer.

Soak up those little moments with your kiddos, encourage independent play, and reconnect as a family unit for this summer will be gone before you know it.

Happy summer everyone!

Love these simple summer activities? Take a moment to share this article on social media for other busy families.

 

A special thanks to Wholesome Family Living, Rediscovered Families, and Paper Heart Family for sharing their simple summer resources for this post!

Summer Activities for Families

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the mom tips portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

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Meet the Author

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the mom tips portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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