Summer Activities for the Entire Family

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Summer is here, and what better way to spend it than with the family? You can do many things together as a family that will be fun for everyone. Here are some ideas for summer activities to get the whole family out of the house and enjoy nature.

Make Desserts and Treats with Fresh Summer Fruits

When the weather is warm, you can find fresh fruit at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Use these fruits to make desserts and treats for your family to enjoy. Fruit salads are an easy way to add healthy food to your diet while ensuring everyone gets some of the sweet stuff they love. Smoothies and popsicles are also a great way to cool down during hot days by using ingredients you probably already have around your house!

Work on a Family Scrapbook or Photo Album

A scrapbook is a collection of paper items that tell a story. It’s a way to preserve memories and share them with others. Scrapbooking is also an art form, so you can get creative!

You’ll need some supplies like cardstock paper and stickers, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, pencils/pens/markers, hole punches, tweezers, and ribbons. If you want something more professional-looking, adhesive photo corners will help your pages stay together better when cutting them up into smaller pieces. A family scrapbook is a way for everyone in the family to share their stories through photos and written narratives.

Start by gathering pictures from around your home—in albums or drawers or wherever else they might be hiding! Don’t forget those special moments like birthdays or trips! Maybe even write down how old everyone was on those crucial days. Include funny stories about how people met each other. These things make excellent bedtime reading material later.

When all your pages are complete and ready for display, take pictures of them using digital cameras or film-based ones if possible. Then mount each page onto cardboard backing using spray adhesive before framing it with glass so anyone who finds their way inside can enjoy what’s inside without worrying about damaging anything else.

Camp in the Backyard

Start by getting a tent, sleeping bags, and pillows. Then you can set up camp in the backyard. Make sure you have enough space for everyone because this is something that should be enjoyed by the whole family!

Next, gather some wood to build a campfire. You may need to go into town for this, but it will be worth it when all of your friends show up sporting their best camping gear!

Finally, roast marshmallows on sticks over the flames before eating them with chocolate bars and graham crackers. You can also play games like Capture The Flag or Simon Says while having fun outside under the stars at night!

Have a Water Balloon Fight

Water balloons are a great way to cool off, but they’re also fun to make and play with. If you’ve got kids, this can be a great way for them to spend some time having fun in the backyard during the hot summer months. Let’s look at how you can have a water balloon fight this summer with your family!

It may seem simple, but if you don’t want to go out and buy them, it’s pretty easy to make your own water balloons! All you need is some rubber bands, balloons, and maybe some tape if they’re not sticking together well enough. You can use any type of balloon (even ones that aren’t specifically intended for filling), as long as there aren’t any holes or tears in them before putting them into service! If there is any mold growing on one side of your balloon that affects its structural integrity, then just flip it over so that no part touches anything else while still keeping it upright.

Host a BBQ

Hosting a BBQ can be fun and easy if you plan ahead. Make sure the site is big enough to accommodate all of your guests, not just the amount of people who RSVP’d to your event. You’ll also want to ensure that you have enough food for everyone—consider what time it will take for everyone to arrive on-site and then double or triple that amount of food, depending on how many people are coming.

If you’re serving alcohol at your party, be sure to include an ample supply of drinks in addition to food. This can help prevent awkward moments when someone is left without something they want or need. Also, think about any summer activities that might be taking place at your event: do you need space for them? Are there specific materials necessary for certain games? Many backyard BBQs are casual affairs without much structure beyond eating together and drinking together. However, suppose yours has a more formal feel or includes activities like lawn bowling or croquet (or even playing catch with a football). In that case, it may require additional preparation on your part—and don’t forget about things like sunscreen!

Finally: set up properly sized tables with chairs around them, so everyone has somewhere comfortable to sit while enjoying themselves!

Take a Hike

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get exercise. It’s also a great way to spend time with your family and get away from the city for a little while. Hiking lets you see nature up close, which makes it an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the environment and how their actions impact it.

Visit a National Park

National parks are a great way to get active, spend time with your family, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Your kids will love exploring a national park!

They are free, which means that there’s no cost for you to visit them. Suppose you’re looking for something fun and educational to do with your family on vacation this summer. In that case, national parks may be just what you need.

Many summer activities in national parks include hiking or biking trails where visitors can see beautiful landscapes on foot or by bike. Others offer boating and swimming opportunities along lakes or rivers in their midst as well as fishing spots along these bodies of water. Furthermore, many units of our system feature campgrounds where visitors can pitch their tents or park their RVs overnight at low cost (or even for free). Some places even allow horses if horses aren’t allowed at other sites nearby—so why not take advantage?

Go to the Lake

Going to the lake is one of the best summer activities for families with kids. It can be simple, or it can be an all-day adventure. 

Water sports like boating and fishing are popular at lakes. So are swimming, picnics and camping.

Visit a national park with lakes, such as Yellowstone or Glacier National Park in Montana or Mount Rainier National Park near Seattle, Washington.

Bring your boat and make a day trip out of it! You might want to pack lunch, so you don’t have to cook while you’re there (unless this is what you’re interested in doing). If you want something closer, try renting one of those little motorboats called canoes at any local marina store on Lake Michigan near Chicago or Milwaukee (Wisconsin). The main thing here is just getting outside during the hot summer months!

Enjoy the summer while it’s here!

The summer is a great time to get out and enjoy fun in the sun! With longer days and warmer weather, there are more opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach or other water-access point those opportunities can include splashing around in the water.

Also, during the summer months, many people take advantage of increased daylight hours by taking advantage of outdoor summer activities such as hiking or biking. Many families also find ways to get creative this time of year—from building sandcastles on the beach or making homemade popsicles with their kids (or both at once). Even adults have plenty of opportunities to relax this time of year. There aren’t many better ways than sitting back with an ice-cold beer while watching children run around outside playing tag or hide-and-seek games!


Summer is here, and so are endless opportunities to have fun with your family! The great thing about most of these summer activities is that they’re fun and easy to do on a budget. Whether you decide to make desserts with fresh summer fruits or work on scrapbooking together as a family, there are lots of affordable ways to enjoy time together without spending too much money. That said, if you want something more expensive, like going for a cruise or visiting National Parks—don’t let finances stop you from doing what makes sense for your family! It doesn’t matter where we go or what we do. What matters most is the time spent together having fun!