1. walk a dog
Walking a dog with your child is a great way to enjoy the sunshine, become familiar with your neighborhood or check out a new park. Don’t have a dog? Volunteer to walk a dog at the local shelter!
2. FLOWER TOUR
Walk, bike or drive around your town to find houses with great flowers outside, let everyone decide which ones are their favorites.
3. HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER
Make your own hummingbird feeder by following these instructions (adult supervision encouraged). To make your own hummingbird nectar, all you will need is sugar and water! Hang from a tree and watch out for these tiny delighted birds.
4. listen to PODCASTS
Podcasts are a great way to learn something new from a wide range of topics. Listen while relaxing or you can listen while getting some exercise.
5. MOVIE NIGHT
Gather round with a bowl of popcorn and select your favorite family movie for a night that’s sure to please the whole family.
6. SING & dance
Who doesn’t want a playlist with all of their favorite music? Learn what kind of music your child is interested in, and share your favorites too to create a playlist that you can dance to together.
7. GO ON A PICNIC
Pack a blanket and take your lunch outside! Eating on the grass is a nice way to spend an afternoon. You might even end it with a nap!
8. COMMUNITY SERVICE
Now that the weather is warmer and brighter, there are sure to be lots of community service events in your area. Picking up trash, volunteering for a charitable event or helping an elderly neighbor with yardwork can be so rewarding.
9. MAKE YOUR OWN POPSICLES
Homemade Popsicles are a sweet treat you can pull out of the freezer on a nice day, and a good way to switch up the kids’ juice box routine!
10. SIDEWALK CHALK
Take coloring outside and let your kids decorate the sidewalk. It’s fun to see their imaginations run wild!
11. DONATE GENTLY-USED TOYS AND CLOTHES
It’s a great activity for you and your child to go through their things and donate items they no longer use so another can benefit. It clears out clutter and leaves a good feeling when someone else can use what they no longer need.
12. SEND CARDS TO THOSE STATIONED ABROAD
No matter the time of year, it is always nice to send joy to a soldier stationed away from home by having your kids make homemade cards. Such a meaningful activity!
13. COUNTDOWN TO SCHOOL
An inexpensive calendar will give your kids something to look forward to every day in the countdown to their first day of school.
14. fall in love with READING
There are endless great reads! Whether it’s a picture book or one with chapters, this is a great way to spend time with your child and feel like you’re traveling somewhere new.
15. WATCH THE CLOUDS
Lie outside in the grass with your family and find different shapes in the moving clouds. You may be surprised by how many different things you pick out!
16. LEMONADE STAND
A great introduction to math and business! This is a fun way for children to meet neighbors and make some extra money!
17. enjoy ICE CREAM
Visiting a local ice cream shop as a family is always a special outing!
18. LIVE MUSIC events
Enjoy the many opportunities to hear live music in your community or surrounding areas. Many are free!
19. MAKE COLORED PLAY DOUGH
Young kids will love playing with multicolored play dough, and you’ll love that it’s cheap and free of scary chemicals.
20. PLANT FLOWERs
Getting your hands in the dirt is proven to lift spirits! Spruce up your yard or a pot by planting your own seeds and watching them grow. For instant joy, go to a local greenhouse and choose one already blooming to plant.
21. FAMILY CAMPING
Whether pitching a tent at a campsite or spending the night in your own backyard (or living room), kids love to camp!
22. FAMILY FUN DINNER
Let your kids choose the entrees and help with putting it all together. Bonus points if they clean up the dishes afterward!
23. make s’mores
Not much beats the process of roasting marshmallows over an open fire with great conversation and a sky full of stars!
24. PLAY IN THE WATER
Floating down the creek, splashing in a pond or spending a few hours at a local swimming pool. Great family time can be spent in the water!
25. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS & FAMILY/FRIENDs SELFIES
Take a long walk through a park or forest taking snapshots of the beauty; including fun selfies of you all. These will be enjoyed for years to come and the process is so rewarding!