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60 Simple Ideas for Bringing Family Together

Summer have you scrambling to keep kids entertained? Try these screen-free activities to bring everyone closer wherever you go this season.

WHERE: At home

  1. Make your own sundae buffet
  2. Write old-fashioned letters to grandparents
  3. Rock a family band (no instruments? grab spoons and pots!)
  4. Craft collages from family photos, paint, old magazines…
  5. Break out the gaming classics (Candyland for littles, Madlibs for big kids)
  6. Hide-and-seek in groups of two
  7. Rummage the closets for an impromptu fashion show
  8. Pinkies up! Host a high tea and wear funny hats
  9. Start a family book club
  10. Dust off the cookbooks and bake a new recipe together

WHERE: In the backyard

  1. Build a fairy house with garden fixings
  2. Lay out blankets for a picnic dinner
  3. Star gaze
  4. Play architect with rocks and sticks
  5. Soak sidewalk chalk in water for a painterly effect
  6. Host an outdoor movie night
  7. Search for bugs
  8. Blow bubbles
  9. Splash in muddy puddles rain or shine (break out the hose!)
  10. Kick off a game of soccer (Women’s World Cup starts in June!)

WHERE: Around town

  1. Stop by a nearby Visitor Center and play tourist for a day
  2. Visit a museum and share your favorite exhibit
  3. Feed the animals at a local farm
  4. Paint pottery for each other
  5. Enjoy a county fair or flea market
  6. Get tickets to a local play
  7. Fly a kite in a local park
  8. Ride Go-Karts or play mini-golf
  9. Go roller-skating indoors or out
  10. Volunteer at a local food bank

WHERE: On the road

  1. Sing-along to your favorite songs or make some up!
  2. Start a travel journal and share highlights on the return ride
  3. Play I Spy (themes: colors, nature, cars)
  4. Break out an old-fashioned map
  5. Listen to an audiobook (take turns choosing)
  6. Create a fun family questionnaire (starter: what superpower would you choose and why?)
  7. Make friendship bracelets for family members
  8. Bring disposable cameras to take pictures from the car window
  9. Write a list of things to start a road trip scavenger hunt
  10. Tell stories (themes: scary, embarrassing, firsts)

WHERE: At the beach

  1. Build a sandcastle with roads and tunnels (pack toy cars)
  2. Make foot/handprints in the sand with the date and take a picture as a memento
  3. Hunt for buried treasure (hide seashells and other nature things)
  4. Bake a sand cake
  5. Play tag on sand—or in water with the good swimmers
  6. Pick up trash together
  7. Play a card game like Go Fish
  8. Draw sand tic-tac-toe or hopscotch
  9. Read a book together in a shady spot
  10. Book a surf lesson or boogie board

WHERE: In the mountains

  1. Find a bike trail you can all enjoy
  2. Hike in search of waterfalls
  3. Roast marshmallows around a campfire
  4. Zip-line!
  5. Go tubing down a river
  6. Rent kayaks or a whitewater raft
  7. Go horseback riding
  8. Ride a sky tram and take in the view
  9. Do yoga or meditate in the fresh mountain air
  10. Bring a library book to identify trees/flowers/plants

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