Summer is a time for fun, but it can also be a time for stress. Especially if your kids range from preschool to high school in age, figuring out things to do that can be fun for everyone can be rough.
It’s not impossible, though. Here are a few ideas I’ve come up with that can be fun for everyone in the family.
Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express
Every summer, Regal Cinemas offers their Summer Movie Express: a series of G- or PG-rated movies for $1/ticket.
There are two movies each week, each movie shown on both Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 AM (the time may vary in your location), so you can go both days and see both movies. The movies aren’t brand new, but most are fairly recent.
The popularity of this particular activity varies depending on your location. Where we live, it’s best to get there an hour ahead of time so you can get seats – and also avoid noisy daycare crowds that come out to see the movies, too.
Water Parks or Splash Pads
Water parks with lots of slides and pools often have a variety of options for all ages. They’re a great way to stay cool and still have some fun.
If water parks are too far away or out of your budget, check your local town for splash pads. These are little areas with sprinklers and geysers of water but no actual swimming area. It eliminates concerns about drowning, and still allows older kids the chance to play like little kids, too.
A variety of ice creams combined with bananas, lots of toppings and, of course, whipped cream makes for a fun and delicious way to top of dinner on a hot summer night. Let everyone make their own sundaes, and offer “awards” for things like craziest concoction, tallest sundae or most boring.
Have fun with it!
A farmer’s market can be a pleasant way to spend a weekend morning. You can stock up on delicious, local fresh fruits and vegetables along with other locally made goodies.
You may even find a small petting zoo or other fun for the smaller kids, like face painting. Even if you don’t, they’ll likely be wowed by the variety of goods offered, plus the time outside will wear them out.
You can involve older kids in meal planning and engage them to help you find the freshest and best treats.
Life’s a Beach
Did you really think, with all the ocean-themed stuff on the site, that I wouldn’t suggest a day at the beach? Seriously, it’s a perfect way to spend a summer day!
Whether you live in the city or the country, on the coast or further inland, there’s a beach near you. It might be at a lake or on a river, but it’s there. You just have to look.
Beaches are perfect for the whole family. The water depth varies, allowing the littler ones to dabble in shallow water while older kids go deeper. You can cook out on a small grill or bring sandwiches or other foods.
Volleyball, beach balls, frisbees, and pails with shovels all provide some landbound fun, too. Take walks along the shore, look for seashells or spend the day and watch the sun set over the water – or go early and watch it rise, depending on your location and the beach’s orientation.
Just don’t forget the sunscreen!