At Camperoo we believe in expanding your child’s horizons and discovering what you love! There is still time to sign your child up for a summer camp near you, but if you’re looking fun activities for your weekends, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 most awesome family activities and adventures to do with your kids before summer is over. Time is flying by, but there is still quality family time to be had! Why not slip a few more adventures and summer activities in with your family?
Make your childrens’ summer break a memorable one with these kids’ crafts, outdoor games for kids’, and family activities:
- Make a Time Capsule: Make every summer a memorable one by creating a time capsule. This is a fun experience that the whole family can work on together and it may even become a family tradition! It’s a great way to time travel with your loved ones and relive the story-worthy experiences you’ll never forget and never get tired of retelling. For inspiration check out this awesome comprehensive tutorial on My Kids’ Adventures – it offers ideas, inspiration, and a checklist you’ll enjoy perusing.
- Go Backyard Camping: Camping in the back yard is something every kid dreams about, but rarely gets to experience (there is a warm bed inside after all). Why not switch it up a bit, and enjoy your yard? A nice family-size tent is cozy and fun, however sleeping on a deck under the stars is an experience no one will forget. Make some s’mores, sing campfire songs, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Parenting.com has some cool ideas for games and treats that the whole family will enjoy, and since this is a fun activity for all ages they’ll be begging you to do it again!
- Take a Spontaneous One Day Road Trip: Who says road trips need to be a week long? Have your children browse a map and help them pick out a fun area to explore within a reasonable driving distance. Is there a local landmark you’ve always wanted to visit? Maybe an outdoor adventure you’ve had on the family bucket list but not quite gotten to yet? For some awesome suggestions of places to visit and trails to bike, hike and more check out AllTrails. They’ll put you on the right track to a fun day of adventuring!
- Have a Neighborhood Car Wash: The best way to get them outside and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit is by hosting a car wash! Make some flyers, put them out in the neighborhood, and let your children have some fun in the sun while playing in the water! Get the whole family involved by creating a Facebook event and sending out invitations. The best part? They might make a bit of their own spending money for the back to school shopping spree they’re so looking forward to!
- Volunteer Locally: There are tons of ways to give back to your community, and what better way to teach your children about doing so? It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, try new things, and to learn valuable skills while “on the job”. When choosing a volunteer opportunity, consider your child’s interests and abilities (as well as your own), and the time you’d like to invest together. Most importantly, remember to have fun!
- Find Your Nearest Body of Water: Water is an amazing thing and you can do a lot with it. Go visit a body of water this summer, be it a lake, an ocean, a river, or something else. Go fishing, kayaking, swimming or just build sand castles! Lay on the beach or go for a boat ride. There are a hundred things you can do once you hit water. Pack your lunches and hit the road. This will be a story-worthy adventure for the whole family!
- Go to a Summer Event or Concert: Spend an evening listen to live music or going to an outdoor movie in your area! Many events are on the grass so the kids can play, and bringing a picnic for dinner is never a bad idea either. From Blues and sing-alongs to movies on the green and even Shakespeare in the Park – you never know what might be just around the corner. Check out great resources like Red Tricycle to check out upcoming festivities in your area.
- Have a Treasure Hunt Using Geocaching: This is an easy and fun way to get your family outdoors and exploring the area around you! REI has an awesome Kids Geocaching Tutorial to get you started (Tip: you can download the Geocaching app directly to your phone to keep it simple). Once you find a cache, be sure to have your kids write about it in their logbook, and be sure to leave something and/or take something from the cache too. Some kids will really enjoy creating and hiding geocaches of their own, and who knows what kind of treasure you’ll find!
- Visit a Local Farm: There are many opportunities for you and your family to visit farms nearby, and many local farms host events and offer tours regularly. Farm Fresh To You is one such farm and they delight in teaching children about where their food comes from! Added bonus? They often host harvest activities, kids’ arts and crafts, farm talks and more! We can’t think of a better way to “get back to your roots”.
- Do An Experiment: At home science experiments are fun! There are so many great experiments you can do at home, many with five supplies or less. Our favorite place to find kid-friendly experiments is hello, Wonderful. They have great DIYs with picture tutorials and instructions that make it simple to be successful!
We can’t wait to hear which activities you’re going to do with your family! Let us know in the comments section!