Summer time is in full swing! We’re focused this month on family togetherness! Here are 31 ways you can bring your family closer together this month!

  1. Have Christmas in July! Start buying presents while things are on sale, book,  board games, and puzzles are great options to combat summer boredom. Visit garage sales, resale shops, and your local Dollar store for inexpensive options. Bake sugar cookies and decorate!
  2. If you’re in an area that is safe for fireworks, buy sparklers and have an evening outdoors! If your city doesn’t allow fireworks, try this fun idea from Jenae – Fireworks in a Jar
  3. Visit your neighborhood pool or sprinkler park.
  4. Make a slip-and-slide in your backyard with water and tarps.
  5. Go on a random road trip. Get in the car and flip a coin… heads you drive north for 30-40 minutes, tails you drive south. Stop and the end of the time limit and see where you end up.
  6. Make a summery date with your husband, or best bud for our single moms!
  7. See a free movie in the theater. Many theaters have free children’s movies during the summer. Or you can find your local theater website and check out their summer movie options for kids. (Make sure you do your homework before seeing a movie, we don’t necessarily recommend all the movies even if they’re rated G.)
  8. Go fishing with a Grandparent or another older friend! If your children’s grandparents live too far away, visit your local senior center and get to know the Seniors there. Their grandchildren may live too far away from them too and they just might be longing for a child to take fishing!
  9. Teach your child how to find the perfect watermelon. (They should be heavy for their size and have a nice creamy yellow ‘ground spot’)
  10. For days when it’s too hot outside, visit the library!
  11. Go berry picking. Find a pick your own farm near you.
  12. Summer is the time of festivals and fairs. Visit your local chamber of commerce or city website and find out what events are happening this month near you. Go on a date night or family fun night.
  13. Build a fort inside with pillows and blankets.
  14. Go on a flashlight walk or play flashlight tag in the backyard one evening.
  15. Recently, I’ve heard people all over the country talking about seeing fireflies in their area. Have you seen any in your yard? If so, share the joy of catching fireflies with your children. If you don’t have fireflies in your area, try this fun science experiment to create glowing firefly jars!
  16. Take a hike!
  17. Visit a local museum–you’ll be surprised at what you didn’t know about your town!
  18. Put the kids in swimsuits and get them to wash your car–then reward them with shakes or icees.
  19. Learn a new card game (War, Blitz, Go Fish, Rummy, etc.) or memory strengthening Concentration (matching game!)
  20. Make a movie with your kids. Let them come up with the script and costumes, you record!
  21. Make popsicles.
  22. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Sometimes they allow you to take care of a pet for a day so the pet can have human interaction and physical activity. It’s free, and lots of fun if your child can’t have a pet of his own.
  23. Have a tickle fight. (This is a really good way to teach your child their ‘Stop’ and  ‘No’ should always be respected no matter who or what. Always stop tickling them when they say ‘stop.’ Even if you don’t think they want you to or if they beg to be tickled 2 seconds later.)
  24. Go to the beach. Or, make your own beach!
  25. Play with sidewalk chalk.
  26. Build a birdhouse or picture frame (or anything else) out of old popsicle sticks.
  27. Have some fun with paper plate flying saucers…decorate and launch with a frisbee style toss!
  28. Visit a local inn or hotel and find their collection of  “Local Attractions” fliers. You might just discover a fun local attraction you’re never noticed before!
  29. Have a toy car race in your drive way! Use sidewalk chalk to create a race track!
  30. Bake Sunshine cookies and surprise your neighbors!
  31. Pop popcorn and have the movie marathon of your choice in your living room!
What other ways do you connect with your family when it’s hot outside?