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Summer fun activies are THE best! Summer is the perfect time to spend quality time with your family. It’s a time to relax, enjoy and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Now, you probably don’t need me to tell you what to do, but if you are short of a few ideas, take a look at the following and perhaps add them to your summer bucket list.
Camp under the stars.
Make the most of the warm nights and bond with your family. Whether you pitch your tent in your back garden or head out further afield, share stories, sing songs, roast marshmallows, and play games in the great outdoors (or small outdoors if it actually is your garden).
Tour your town.
You don’t need to head out on a summer vacation to find interesting things to do. There are bound to be lots of fun activities near you, so you could list those must-see-and-do places and tick them off once you have finished them. You could go to an Escape Room, for example, or head to the local bowling alley. There may even be museums (don’t yawn just yet) that have special events and exhibitions you and your family will enjoy.
Go on a road trip.
If you have seen and done all your town has to offer, head out in the car and tour places outside of your usual locale. Load your car up with kid-friendly snacks, ensure your kids have enough to entertain them en route, and head out onto the highways and byways for an outdoor adventure.
Enjoy frozen treats.
A popular bucket list idea is to try new kinds of food. Now, kids are notoriously fussy, so your idea of trying exotic new recipes may not appeal to them as much as you. But ice cream? It’s a summer staple, and you could make it a bucket list activity to try as many new flavors as possible. Your kids will love it, but if you are concerned about sugar overload, you could follow these healthy ice cream recipes at home.
What’s better than ice cream in the summer? Why snow cones, of course! The official treat of summer (at least they are in our household!)
One of our families favorite gadgets is our Hawaiian Shaved Ice Maker. Everyone in my family loves it and it’s a great way to cool down during the hot summer afternoons here in South Carolina. We love using crushed ice from our favorite fast food restaurants (yes, you can go in and just buy the ice – gamechanger, I know!) but ice from your refrigerator works, as well. The “secret” is to let it sit out about five minutes or so before placing it in the machine.
The machine is super easy to use, but I’d highly recommend adult supervision, because the blades are sharp! The Party Pack came with everything we needed to enjoy our maker right out of the box:
- Hawaiian Snow Cone Machine S700
- 3 Premium Syrups (16 ounces each): Cherry, Grape, and Blue Raspberry
- 25 Spoon Straws
- 25 Snow Cone Cups
- 3 Bottle Pourers
So whether you’re planning a party or just want to stock up for the summer, you’re all set! Your kids will want to help, so let them! The instruction manual is easy to follow. This is a great opportunity to chat about kitchen safety and delegating tasks. Have someone be responsible for taking out the ice and setting that five minute timer. With my crew, everyone has a designated flavor that they’re responsible for pouring, so everyone gets a turn, because that is one of the best parts of making snow cones! We typically set up on our back patio, because it can get messy with everyone pitching in.
Why do we love this particular machine?
- It’s simple to use right out of the box.
- The finished products look professionally-made.
- It’s easy to disassemble and clean.
The only possible downside is that it’s quite loud, so take caution when using around anyone sensitive to loud sounds.
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Try new hobbies.
Bucket lists are often about doing those things you have never done before, and the summer is the perfect time for this. The local leisure centre may have opportunities for trying new sports, and there are a myriad of other things you and your family can get involved in. Bird watching? Kite flying? Scuba diving? Talk to your family and try something new individually or as a group to bond together.
Did you like these summer fun activities? If so, add them to your list. Let me know if you have any further ideas, giving us all a chance to do something worthwhile and fun during the season. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your summer!
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