Swim in natural water with your kids
Neighborhood pool schmool. Ditch the chlorine and go natural for a change. Do you remember the sensation of the slimy, squishy bottom of a natural lake between your toes? The partly scary/partly thrilling feeling of thinking there’s a fish right next to your leg but you can’t see it? Plus, this is for their safety too. Kids who are used to swimming in natural water where they can’t see the ground are less likely to panic if they accidentally fall into a lake or river.
Make your own ice cream with the kids
Eating ice cream in the summertime makes you happy as it is. But imagine how good it feels to eat ice cream together and know exactly which ingredients went into it? Go pick berries together you can use in the ice cream. Let the kids come up with their own flavor combinations and names for them. Or make your kids smile with nutritious, delicious homemade frozen pops.
Movie at the park
Check your community calendar for a movie in the park in your area. The film might play later than you might usually take the kids out, because, well, it just has to be a little bit darker to see the movie on the screen, doesn’t it. Making an exception and making a big deal about it is always thrilling to kids – “you get to stay up late today, because it’s summer and we can sleep in tomorrow. Just this one time!” Can’t you just hear them go “Yippee”? Put the kids in charge of the picnic menu. If they think breakfast cereal is a legit picnic item, roll with it. This is all about making them feel empowered and embracing exceptions to the family rules in celebration of summer. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, bug spray and a bottle of wine for mom and dad.
Go camping, even if it’s just in the backyard
There is something magical about being outside under a starry summer night sky, especially if you have the opportunity to be far away from populated areas, so you can actually see the oodles of stars. August is the month when you can catch the most shooting stars – that’s just what you need, because you get to make lots of wishes!
Learn something new together! It should be something no one in the family has done before, not even Dad when he was six and a half. That way, you will all have the same experience of doing something for the very first time – try fishing, mini golf, horseback riding, pottery, juggling, riding a unicycle, walking a tight rope (low to the ground)…
Check out the Go Play! section of the ZisBoomBah website for more ideas for summer activities.