Summertime is an excellent opportunity for families to get together and bond. While there are many traditional activities that families can do together, such as going to the park or the beach, sometimes it’s fun to try something new. Here are some unique family activities you can enjoy during the summer months.
1. Have a family photo shoot.
A professional photographer can capture some fantastic shots of your family, or you can take your own photos and create a fun album together. Summer is the perfect time to show off your family’s personality with fun photos. You can do this whenever you go on a trip, have a special event, or just make it a monthly activity.
Some families also use this time to take updated family photos for their holiday cards. Although this may not be as creative, it’s still a great way to bond and capture some memories.
2. Go on a family scavenger hunt.
This is an excellent activity for all ages. You can list items to find, challenges to complete, and set a time limit. The family can work together to see how many things they can find or finish in the allotted time. This is a great way to explore your neighborhood or a new place and fun to bond as a family.
When organizing your scavenger hunt, consider the ages of your children and make sure the challenges are appropriate. You don’t want anyone to get hurt or frustrated, so it’s essential to strike a balance.
3. Assemble or disassemble a machine.
Especially for families with older children, this can be an enjoyable and unique activity. Choose a small machine, like a blender or food processor, and take it apart. See how many pieces you can name and where they go. Once you’ve taken it apart, try to put it back together again.
Some take it a step further and try to build something new from scraps. Some people try to reassemble boats and cars, while others try to rebuild a small aircraft from metal scraps in a junkyard. After you’ve put it together, you can simply buy aircraft lights to add to the realism.
4. Get active with a family fitness challenge.
Because summer is a time when people are generally more active, this is the perfect time to start a family fitness challenge. You can devise a point system and award points for every workout completed or set a goal to achieve a certain number of exercises each week.
This is an excellent way to get everyone in the family moving and improve your overall health. It can also be fun to see who can rack up the most points. Some good fitness tracker apps are UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, and Endomondo. You can also find fitness trackers for kids, such as Fitbit Flex for Kids and the Garmin vívofit Jr.
5. Go on a family biking adventure.
This is an excellent activity for families who enjoy being outdoors and being active. You can explore new trails or paths, and it’s a great way to bond as a family. You can also make it a competition to see who can bike the farthest or the fastest.
If you are new to biking or have young children, you may want to start with a more accessible trail. You can also rent bikes if you don’t have your own. You can usually find bike-share programs to rent bikes for a day or an hour. This can be a great way to explore your city and get some exercise.
6. Build a garden together.
When you have a garden, you can bond as a family while working together to plant and care for your plants. This is a great way to teach your children about responsibility and where food comes from. Watching your garden grow and seeing the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor can also be a lot of fun.
Building a garden is also a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. You can even make it a competition to see who can grow the biggest tomato or the most beautiful flower.
7. Create a family cookbook.
Many families have favorite recipes that have been passed down for generations. Others have created their own unique dishes that are loved by all. Why not create a cookbook with all of your family’s favorite recipes?
You can do this electronically, or you can make a physical cookbook. If you make a physical cookbook, you can even have it bound. This can be an enjoyable project you can work on together as a family.
Families can do many unique activities together during the summer months. These activities can help you bond as a family and create lasting memories. They can also be a lot of fun and a great way to stay active. So, get out there and enjoy the summer with your family!