Our readers share their family's special summer traditions.
Each summer, my kids choose an ongoing service project, from playing games with elderly friends at a retirement center to mowing the lawn for a single mom. The kids have really enjoyed helping others and, through these experiences, have become more aware of those who could use some help or attention.
Noteworthy Nature Walks
We love to go hiking or walking on the beach to look for the letters of the alphabet in nature. When we spot one, in a tree branch, say, or a tangle of seaweed, we take a picture of it. The coolest part? No one complains during the hours we spend hunting.
Tossing glow sticks in our pool at night and having a glowing pool party!
North Bennington, VT
Outdoor Games Night
We like to lay out our Slip'N Slide in the backyard at night and line both sides with lights. We spend a few hours sliding to fun music. Then we project a movie onto the side of our house to watch.
Muggle Movie Marathon
We watch all eight Harry Potter movies as a family. It takes us the entire summer to get through them!
Our family spreads a huge map of our state on the table. The four of us close our eyes and put a finger on the map. Then we make it our goal to go to those four places over the summer.
Family Fun Run
We train for and run a 5K together. It gets us into an exercise routine, and as a bonus, we're supporting various good causes, such as breast cancer research.
Originally published in the June/July 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.