35 of Our Favorite Summer Activity Ideas

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The end of winter is almost here, and I’m so excited. We had a beautiful weekend and we were able to go out in shorts and t-shirts! The twins are crawling now so I’m determined to stay outside a little more this summer than I did last, when they were newborns! Their sisters did not get to play outside with Mommy as much as they were used to so this summer, we are going to have a blast! I have a big list of summer activities and this is just a few realistic ones that we will be able to do when it warms up a bit! I hope you find some things you’d like to do too!

  1. Create a scavenger hunt! I found an adorable printable from Clean and Scentsible, you can find the post here. I loved scavenger hunts when I was little. And these are so versatile, you can put just about anything into a scavenger hunt! Make it really fun and get the kids involved in the list-making. 2e224a3f60acbab352ecb2a35c56f696
  2. Go on a picnic. This is so much fun because its low-cost, and you can pick anywhere you want to go to have a picnic!
  3. Find a nature trail. c08fee2c7fcaeb128d0416d9f5997146
  4. Go swimming at the lake. 7d7a32270833ad247cd78c52c21ffd8f
  5. Go to a new park.
  6. Ride bikes.
  7. Draw with chalk! 7889e07dd780aec6a7634813ead17ab1
  8. Play with bubbles!
  9. Finger painting!
  10. Buy bouncy balls and have a race! f516d87b827126572d17e100140ef34a
  11. Go fishing. f2c39351ed493c45180e63579cddbb0f
  12. Go camping! 1a0415aa9749da7986268b4022c50870
  13. Play a sport.
  14. Build sand castles! 2f4cdc44c4bbb33618f1506947059c09
  15. Turn up some music outside and dance!
  16. Have a cookout.
  17. Take horseback riding lessons. 76490d0559142f471059bb5943889752
  18. Take the dog to a dog park. d39f2a399916d20500364c404b511fe1
  19. Make a lemonade stand!
  20. Do a yard sale!
  21. Play in the sprinkler. 3790c14c493351c667948dd77f2cf3f9
  22. Collect bugs! There are special containers and nets you can buy just  for kids. k2-_50f94c47-3f21-4c8a-a767-2005c6064c41.v1
  23. Collect fireflies at night! 0ce0973b0fa70e33e433c0d4416c27ad
  24. Build something! A birdhouse or a dog house. 3d94c2e4d854dfccc81556deda84733d
  25. Build an obstacle course.
  26. Go look for arrowheads! 05109dc30ecd2c7e8c1a8676e0f6bfd9
  27. Look for crawfish.
  28. Grow something!
  29. Paint a flower pot, 7393341370154269a79be3cc21718233
  30. Plant flowers!
  31. Make a bird watching journal for the nature trails. I LOVE this free printable from Buggy and Buddy: Free Bird Book for kids!  b1252a2e3221a616123642ae48e99058
  32. Build a bird feeder, here’s something that the kids can make: Easy Bird Feeders!  e9d1ce925b6abd372a64c31b599ed753
  33. Find pet rocks, and paint them! bb0f4b7dcbebf1a5a8ee2dcf6531fcc5
  34. Make tie-dye shirts! e5243e0bc34d17cc2ba4346282d64088
  35. No matter what you do, just make sure you’re spending your time with your kids. 100%. Leave the smartphones and tablets at home. Lastly, let your kids come up with something to do! Give them ideas and let them choose.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share and leave a comment. 🙂

Happy 5th Birthday, Darlin’!

My oldest daughter, McKennah, turned 5 this week. I am so proud of her.. and its been a bittersweet time for me. It seems like days ago I was helping her walk around the house, or trying to get her to say “Babo”, her word for Elmo that I loved to hear her say. Now she’s learning the alphabet, and writing her name. She’s so smart and so beautiful. She’s going to be in kindergarten next year and every time I think about it, I get all teary-eyed! My sweet, beautiful baby is growing up right before my eyes.

She had a cowgirl birthday party. It made my inner child so excited because I grew up on the back of a horse, so you can imagine how crazy happy I was to hear that my kiddo wanted anything to do with horses. I would never push her into horses because true cowgirls are not taught, they are born. 🙂 and I can only hope that Ava and my boys have horses in their blood too!

The boys had fun hanging out while we were getting ready for the party..

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Then their cousin Mikey came to play!

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Kennah’s birthday was really on Wednesday.. and we took her to her favorite restaurant for lunch and then we made strawberry cheesecake cupcakes for her at home!

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Her party was Saturday. Some of her decorations!

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My sister Shannon and I played with Breyer horses growing up. I kept them over the years and we brought them down from storage to decorate with. They’re on her cake and we put them on the fireplace mantle. 🙂 These horses mean so much to us, and I can’t wait till the kids are old enough to play with them.

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Her cake 🙂

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My sister and I made them. I baked the cake but I could not TOUCH that icing. She’s an icing wizard! 🙂 And fantastic with cupcakes. She doesn’t think she’s good at cakes but as you can see, she’s freaking awesome.  Go to her website here:Mama Moments.com if you’d like to contact Shannon about her cakes!

 

Some of our guests.. 🙂

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Kennah was NOT excited about everyone singing Happy Birthday to her… but she loved her cake and she ate every bit of her plate AND her ice cream. That girl could live on ice cream. She loved opening her presents, though!

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She had a wonderful time at her party. She loved everything. I hope that I can get her buddies to come to her party next year. It’s always so cold on her birthday so a lot of people don’t really like to come and it makes me sad for her. She was born on a very snowy day.. I hope she doesn’t hate me for that forever. lol.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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