The Summer Solstice is today, marking the first official day of summer. Brightening your schedule with sunshine is a great way to take advantage of the season. Adventure is calling your name and these leisurely outdoor activities are sure to help you beat summer boredom. Compiling your summer bucket list isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially with families and children in mind. To help you plan for fun this summer, we’ve put together a few family-friendly activities to get you started.
1. State Fairs and fireworks
- Fried food, petting zoos and live entertainment – your local state fair can provide it all for a day full of family fun. Check here to learn your state’s fair dates. If your state fair is later in the fall, then mark your calendar and keep reading for more summer fun ideas.
- Let’s not forget about one of the biggest summer holiday – Independence Day! Celebrate under the stars this July Fourth at a fireworks show. Find some of the best fireworks displays in the U.S. thanks to the Travel Channel.
2. Natural pools, camping and the outdoors
- Some of nature’s hidden gems are right in your backyard. Connect with the elements and breathe some fresh air by going on an outdoor adventure with your family or an intimate getaway with your spouse. For a unique swimming experience, visit one of many refreshing natural swimming pools located across the country. Check out this article from the Weather Channel to find some of Mother Nature’s best-kept secrets.
- Water logged from all of that swimming? Take the family on a camping trip or stay close to home and pitch a tent in the back yard. This is a great opportunity to show off your survival skills and teach the whole family how to build a fire. Make s’mores or roast a hotdog for a scrumptious camping snack. Learn how to decorate your own roasting sticks from the Ella Claire Inspired blog.
3. Get your hands dirty
- One of the best ways to beat the summer blues is to put your hands to work and build something from scratch. Create your child’s dream tree house or build a bird feeder.
- Put your hard work toward a great cause! Volunteer your family to build with Habitat for Humanity this summer and help make other people’s dreams a reality. Check out Habitat for Humanity online and see how you can get involved.
We hope our ideas have you feeling inspired. Tell us about your Summer Solstice bucket list and see what everyone else is doing with their free time below.