Can you believe summer vacation is almost here!? Where does the time go? If you are like me, I am excited to get some of our adventures started. I know that all moms (and dads too!) will be exhausted by September, but this is what memories are made of.
I know each summer we have a few things we do that are special because we only do them over the summer. My oldest is just starting to remember from last year and keeps asking for some of our special activities to begin. They are nothing big nor do they cost a lot of money. They are something that is out of the ordinary for us and that is what makes it so special.
There are two of our favorites:
Twice during the summer we choose two nights where we only have ice cream for dinner. I normally cook dinner every night. So, the idea of eating ice cream for dinner gets my boys so excited. And I enjoy it too!
We have a backwards day once a summer as well. This is where we have breakfast food for dinner and dinner food for breakfast (I try to make light dinner food for breakfast since it is early in the morning). Since my boys are getting older, this year I might add in some more backwards shenanigans, such as wearing our clothes backwards and walking backwards.
I want to add in some more special activities to our summer days, so I created a list (which of course I will share with you) of some ideas I have found.
Here are Mrs. Z’s Twelve Special Summer Memories Ideas
1.Stay Up Late
2.Camp in your backyard (Don’t forget bug spray!)
3.On the day you stay up late, bring blankets outside, lay down, and look up at the stars.
4.Go to your local park and run through the sprinklers. Mom and Dad should do this too!
5.Visit your local farm or farmer’s market. To make it even more special, let the kids pick out some fruits or vegetables and find a recipe to cook up something delicious with the food you bought!
6.Have a picnic! Go all out with the red and white checkered table cloth, dinnerware, etc.
7.Raindrop Painting! This is fun because you get to go out in the rain to do this. I found this to help you get started. I also saw where the kids stay outside and use paintbrushes to paint while it is raining. I would only try this during a drizzling type of rain.
8.If your kids had enough of the raindrop painting, just play in the rain. Splash in the puddles. Dance. Try it. You’ll like it!
9.Have your own Backyard Olympics. This is a great teachable moment since the Olympics are this summer. Set up some games, try a few crafts,etc. There is sooo much you can do with this. Go here and here for some great ideas!
10.Have a lazy day!! Stay inside all day and watch TV, read some great books, organize toy bins. Again, there are lots to do on a day like this. Need some ideas for a day like this? Go here for some tips.
11.Start a Backyard Movie “Drive In”. Most kids have those little cars you push them in. Invite a few friends over and let the kids watch a movie outside. Serve popcorn and candy to give it a full movie theater effect.
12.Many local parks have free events during the summer. Check your local park. I know we have done lots of fun stuff like watching a puppet show, making tie dye shirts, and petting lizards. The best part: It’s free!
13.Visit local street fairs. The kids always love the rides. And the parents always love the zeppolis!
14.Get ice cream or a milk shake from Mr. Softee!!!!! (If you don’t have a Mr. Softee near you, I am sorry 😉 ).
These are just a few ideas of how you can make some special summer moments this year. Want some more ideas? This site had a lot!
Let us know what you do that is special just during the summer time! Comment below!!
Mrs. Z is a stay at home mommy to two wonderful boys and wife to an amazing husband. Spending time with her family, writing, and enjoying life are some of Mrs. Z’s favorite pastimes. You can check her out at The Mrs. Z Files. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.