17 ways to have outdoor summer family fun

outdoor summer family fun

by Toni on June 1, 2012


Summer is the best time to be outdoors, be active and with your family. It’s that special time to get outside and play with our kids. From the grass, to water, and concrete here are tons of exciting activities that at your fingertips (and reasonably priced or free!)

Scavenger hunt- Send your kids around the backyard to find a checklist of leaves,  flowers, rocks, bugs etc.

Family bike ride- What could be better than family’s exercising together on their bikes? Pack a few snack and take a cruise to a park further than you would normally go.

Zoo- Buy animal stickers with the coordinating zoo animals so the kids can draw a path of their favorite animals.

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Water park- Don’t forget the sunscreen and snacks when you spend an afternoon with spikets and sprinklers.

Sidewalk chalk- Lay their little heads on the ground and draw body outlines so they can create life-sized outfits to reflect their little alter egos.

Car wash- Bubbles + water= fun and a clean car. Win win.

Plant a garden- Make a plan, visit the store, buy a blend of seeds and plants while you teach and receive help while making your yard more beautiful! This is an activity that keeps on giving.

Head to the beach- Toys, games, sun and fun is always a great combination whether you are near a lake or the sea.

Neighborhood party – Invite the neighborhood kids for an impromptu picnic snack time with blankets,

Lemonade stand- The best way to teach your kids the value of a dollar is starting them young. Help create custom lemonade flavors and design a little storefront. Guaranteed fun for all.

Obstacle course- Do you enjoy Tough Mudder? Send your kids through a series of activities in your backyard- over, under and through the mud!

Water balloon fight- A two dollar bag of balloons can go far when the temperature is just right.

Fly kites- When a windy day rolls by, act quickly. I love the site of beautifully colored streamers flying through the air, they will too.

Make forts in the backyard- No matter what material you use, wood, blankets, or certain toys always make fun forts to hide out in.

Pitch a tent-If you happen to have a free evening in the summer opt out for sleeping al fresco.

Bike parade- Get the whole neighborhood gang together, decorate your bicycles then show they off around the block.

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Collect bugs or chase fireflies- Some of my favorite childhood memories are chasing fireflies up at our cabin and creating homemade night lights with mason jars. (don’t forget breathing holes)

About Schwinn:

If we’ve learned anything from more than a century of building bikes, it’s that some things never get old. From that first taste of freedom, when the training wheels come off, to the wonder of a parent letting go, and all of the ups and downs in between, magical moments in life happen on a Schwinn.

Life’s a ride. Enjoy it on a Schwinn.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Schwinn via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Schwinn
gear fun games  17 ways to have outdoor summer family fun

Toni Danielson, ad agency working mom of a big brown-eyed little man, wife to an amazing husband, Digital Media Lover. Blogger. Infographic-obsessed. Expat. Happy Hour Mom. BBall Wife. Not all in that order. Join me in my journey to become the ultimate Happy Hour Mom!

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