As soon as summer hits, my whole family feels so ready to go out and find adventures! We do travel quite a bit but I’m also a firm believer that you can find adventure everywhere — in your own town, and in your own backyard. To pass the summer days, we try to keep our kiddos active and engaged with more than the tv or devices, and we’re always on the go. We get asked quite a bit about our favorite things to do with the kids (especially now that they’re both toddlers at ages 3 and 1), so I’m sharing five must-do easy summer adventures with your kids! These are all things that we do on the regular, and they’re each an awesome way to spend some quality time with your littles.
Experience Your Local Library My kiddos and I have a standing date every Monday morning at our library. We return our books, check out new books, and then hit the local storytime hour. They sing and dance and get to be silly, and it’s just an awesome free resource for parents. We’ve also started hitting up a Lego play hour that our library hosts, which is super cool too. Often we’ll coordinate with friends to meet up at the library and do storytime or Legos together. Check your local library listings to find out what is offered where you are.
A Picnic, Just for Fun We use this particularly when mealtime has become tedious or we just need a shake-up. Take your meal outside! You can make it a big deal and head to a park, or do it like we do and just go to your backyard. The kids and I did this for snack just the other day. I packed up some berries and Henry grabbed a couple of Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Pouches for the kids to share. I love taking pouches on our picnics because they just make it so easy to avoid messes. And Stonyfield’s mission of healthy planet, healthy people, and healthy food is so important to me. It’s National Dairy Month, and I’ve been thinking lots about what we put into our kiddo’s bodies. Organic dairy, like the pouches, is such a boost for their nutrition. And enjoying it outside at a picnic is a perfect summer adventure.
Outdoor Arts & Crafts Taking arts & crafts outside is becoming a habit for me because I worry way less about the mess it all makes! There are also so many fun sidewalk chalk options these days, so we just take the kiddos outside and let them make the mess of their dreams. If we’re doing other crafts like paint, glue, or markers, I’ll just roll out a big sheet of butcher paper and let them go to town. The sidewalk is protected and they love having a huge canvas.
Playground Hop My guess is that there are a good number of playgrounds in your city that you’ve never tried! Map them out and let your kids pick which one you’ll visit next. And as a summertime bonus, lots of playgrounds will have splashpads or water features to stay cool. You can usually check your city’s website for parks information and a map.
Backyard Cool Off When in doubt, get some water balloons or water squirters and let the kids run wild! We just had a little water balloon sesh the other day and it was our kids’ first time — they thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. If we don’t have water balloons on hand, we’ll just hand them a couple of good old fashioned spray bottles and they love that just as much. Combining water and kids is always a fun time!
I hope some of our easy summer adventures inspire your family over the next few months! Are any of these in your usual summer routine? If you want to start small, I’d recommend just starting with a little picnic in your backyard. Just grab some easy snacks and have a ball before you try the rest of our must-do summer adventures with your kids. Happy adventuring! xoxo
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