School's been out for almost a month. Are you running out of summer activities to do with your kids? I know that I packed a lot of outings in early this year.
Summer is full of possibility, but sometimes it's easy to get bogged down by the heat. If your kids are getting antsy, it's time to get creative. You don't have to travel far or plan expensive, all-day outings to get the most out of summer.
One of my favorite impromptu summer activities is to set up a backyard water park. Outfit the family in new swim suits. I love this retro-style black swimsuit, which looks perfect for everything from sunbathing by the pool to running through the sprinklers. These colorblocked swim trunks are a right-on-trend option for him. With as fast as kids grow, your little ones will likely need a new suit and a back-up suit this summer, as well. Grab the sprinkler, fill up the wading pool, and add some fun water and sand toys. A hot afternoon just got a whole lot cooler.
But a dip in the pool isn't the only way to cool off! How about lemonade, ice cream and snow cones? One of my best childhood memories of summer is of selling homemade lemonade on my front lawn. Outdo the neighbors by setting up your own personal concession stand, complete with a storefront awning, lemon-shaped pitcher, and a nostalgic snow cone maker and ice cream maker. Serve your icy treats in paper cups or cones and then save some to eat yourself out of this cute polka-dot sundae set.
Still stumped? Nothing says summer more than a picnic lunch. Pack up some treats in this classic wicker bicycle basket and head to the park. Forget the car -- a bike caravan is a much cooler way to travel. We've got a great selection, from single-speed cruisers and road bikes to training bikes and tricycles, for every member of the family. Roll out a cool picnic mat and you're ready for a fun afternoon of bocce ball, croquet, horseshoes, or just relaxation.
Let us know some of your favorite family summer activities. How do you keep the kids entertained and cool while they are out of school?
Posted by Jen Gustavson