15 Simple Summer Activities

15 Simple Summer Activities

I am no where near ready to say goodbye to summer. We have some time left before we creep into back-to-school mode.  Time does fly and I'm sure you still have some things left on your summer activities "to do" list that you'd like to check off. I'll admit I'm not the biggest planner but I do like to have ideas and some kind of a road map to follow. Being spontaneous can be fun and somehow I find there's less disappointment if things just don't go as "planned". 

 

Now that we are nearing mid-August, I start thinking of the summer activities I'd love to conquer before this warm weather is gone. As a mom, I truly believe in keeping things simple for kids. Sometimes big plans can be overwhelming and stressful and the fun gets lost before it even starts. Surrounding kids in nature, keeping them active doing something they want to do and are not forced to do, giving them freedom to explore, create, build and learn something new are all simple ways to stimulate growth, memories and a bond with your child. 

 

This summer my kids have spent a lot of time outdoors. We have a rule we follow "green time before screen time". We do our best to make sure there is a healthy balance between them using their devices and being active outdoors. This isn't as easy as it sounds sometimes, which is why having a list of ideas to work with helps us keep things new and exciting. I don't know about you but my kids ask me every morning "what are we doing today?" That's when the list comes in handy!

 

I often remind myself that the next summer is one year away. So let's make the most of this amazing summer we are experiencing so far. I thought I'd share some stress-free, simple summer ideas and activities that the kids and you as a parent will be able to enjoy and create sweet memories together.

 

 

15 Simple Family Fun Activities to do Before Summer Ends

 

  • Have a lake or beach day. Keep it simple. Feed them before you go and spend a good 3 hours playing in the water. Bring water and simple snacks.
  • Go kayaking or paddle boarding. You can easily rent them if you don't own them.
  • Go for an evening ice cream and watch the sunset. They never say no to ice cream!
  • Watch a movie outside. Set up a projector in your backyard. Kids love sharing this experience with their friends.
  • Star gaze. These days kids need to stop and look up at the stars. You'd be amazed with all the questions they have, so be prepared.
  • Make homemade popsicles. So easy and fun for the kids to do. Healthy frozen yogurt and fruit popsicles are a great option. 
  • Have a picnic. Again keeping it simple with a blanket, some refreshments, fruit and/or veggie snacks, sandwiches or wraps. Don't forget treats!
  • Horseback riding. Not everyone is comfortable on a horse and it is a bit of an investment but what a beautiful experience riding a horse on natures path. Kids and animals connect.
  • Find a creative project to do with them. It could be a craft, baking/cooking, wood working or painting a room! Kids are more capable than we think. My daughter Stella built a book shelf for her room with her dad. It only took them 2 days. Kids love building and creating. 
  • Take your kids to a farmer's market. It's impressive to see all the fresh local produce and products being sold. It's a great opportunity for them to learn about where food comes from and how it grows. 
  • Camp out in your backyard or patio! This year during the heat wave my kids built an indoor tent/fort and slept there with the patio doors wide open. They were inside but felt like they were camping. Glamping? 
  • Go for a hike. We are lucky to be surrounded by trails, waterfall destinations, lakes and gorgeous view points. Explore somewhere new.
  • Go berry or fruit picking. In August blueberries, blackberries and apples are in season and ready to be picked. Go on a cooler day or early in the morning.
  • Take the kids to a matinee. Now that the theatres are open, take the kids to a matinee on either a gloomy summer day or a hot summer day. Going to the theatres is a great way to escape the rain and the heat.
  • Visit family. Very easily we get so busy with juggling work, activities and life in general that we don't always make enough time to visit family. I strongly believe it's an important time for kids to connect with their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncle. Host a BBQ or simple just make a visit to say hello and bring some freshly picked fruit  or a bottle of rosé!

 

Have fun, keep it simple and don't forget to soak it all up!

 

Keep GLOwing,

 

 

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