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14 Family Summer Activities

By Abi Grise Morgan 8.10.23

Some of the best summer memories happen right at home. These 14 family summer activities are a great break from the regular routine to connect and have fun as a family.

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Make a Splash

Water-based activities are a must when temps soar to triple digits.

  • Build a Giant Slip-and-Slide: Store-bought slip-and-slides typically run a measly 20 feet. For some serious slide action, build your own with a 100-foot sheet of plastic for five times the runway!
  • Host a Pool Party: Buy fun inflatables and invest in unbreakable plastic plates and cups for guests to enjoy snacks and stay hydrated poolside. Brush up on pool safety prior to the big day.
  • Host a Dive-In Movie Night: Capture the nostalgic vibes of the drive-in movies while cooling off in your pool.
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Connect With Nature

Any day spent in green spaces is a good day.

  • Start a Scavenger Hunt: There’s a world of wonder waiting to be explored in your backyard. Send the kids on a mission to find the fascinating plants and critters hiding right under their noses.
  • Try Cactus Gardening: Look no further for the lowest-maintenance potted garden to teach kids the principles of gardening.
  • Press Flowers: Create mementos of your summer garden with this flower preservation method.
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Savor the Summer

Enjoy every last drop of summer by making creative meals and snacks together.

  • Plan a Picnic: Picnics are never going out of style. Curate the menu based on a theme that suits your tastes. 
  • Make Homemade Ice Cream: It sounds intimidating, but it’s quite simple, and there’s no special equipment required.
  • Or These Fruity Frozen Summer Treats: Dairy free? No problem. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these frosty delights that are as fun to make as they are to eat.
  • Make a DIY Retro Slushie: In case you haven’t noticed, the ’90s are back, and retro slushies are a very cool addition to any summer get-together.
  • Make Lemonade and More: When life gives you lemons, the possibilities are endless. Cool off with fresh-squeezed lemonade and simple lemon sorbet.
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Throw a Summer Celebration

Transform ordinary summer days into an occasion.

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