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As of today, it’s officially summer vacation for most kids across the country. Empty weeks stretch out before them. No homework. No alarm clocks. Lots of sunshine. 

You’d think kids could find plenty to do to keep themselves busy. But give it a few days and someone, somewhere will utter those two wretched words. “I’m bored.”

In hopes of remedying this problem, I’m launching a new series of summer fun ideas to keep the kids occupied. Including the big kids (aka grown-ups)! Not to mention being intentional about family togetherness and making memories.

When you think of summer activities, here are a few traditional ideas to get you started. (Then, we’ll look at one additional idea each Friday thereafter.)

  • Swimming. Who doesn’t love getting wet on a hot day? Indoor, outdoor, or backyard options.
  • Playgrounds. A change of scenery often helps.
  • Picnics in the park. Pack the cooler. Spread out a blanket in the shade. Bring along a Frisbee or football.
  • Backyard BBQ with friends. Grilled burgers. Corn on the cob. Salads. Homemade ice cream.
  • Bike rides as a family. If there’s an ice cream shop half-way along the route, all the better.
  • Baseball games in the neighborhood. Little league, college, or professional games in your area.
  • Fireworks presentations.
  • Popsicles on the porch.

Bottom line. Keep active. Keep cool. And keep well fed and hydrated.

And if the kids are still bored, hand them a rag and a bottle of cleaning solution … and point them at the baseboards, or bathrooms, or …

What about you? What are your favorite summer activities? If you don’t have kids at home, what fun things do you do enjoy in the summer? Any plans?

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