I love summer. I think in part because my birthday is in the summer and growing up my mom made my birthdays fun memories that have stayed with me through my adulthood.
Our family has pretty much been home bodies this summer, quite the contrast from the past two summers when we were on the road traveling to and from the farms we were working on! It has been a welcome change. It has partly been due to our family vehicle situation that we have been home more, but that has changed this week and we are hoping to end summer with a few fun activities away from home. These some things we have thought of to do or have already done.
1. Mini Golf. Mini golfing is fun to do as a family. One summer my girls earned a trip to the mini golf course and it was their first time mini golfing. It was hilarious to watch them! I laughed so hard, as did they because they had so much fun! Be sure to check for online deals, I recently saw one for our area for $40 worth of golf for half price.
2. Renaissance Fair. We attended one recently and even though it wouldn’t normally be an activity we’d go to as a family it turned out to be a unique experience and we enjoyed our family time. Minus the cigarette smoke and smell of beer, of course. Yuck! We don’t smoke or drink so those smells are just a turn off for us.
3. Attend a Farm Tour and Dinner. These can be pricey, whether you are an attendee or the host, but what better way to educate your children on where their food comes from and support a local farmer especially in this time of drought in many places. Check LocalHarvest.org for a farm near you and contact them for a calendar of events.
4. Campout. This is what our 12 year old wanted for her birthday this year. So we roasted hotdogs and marshmallows, made s’mores and had ice cream cake for dessert. Then the children camped out in the backyard for the first time this summer.
5. Go to an Outdoor Theater. Remember those? I remember my parents taking us. It was fun. This is something we’d like to do with our crew. Our crew enjoys anything new and exciting. We do happen to have an outdoor theater 15-20 minutes away from our house. I know these are rare, but just do a search and see what you come up with. If you don’t have an outdoor theater, check your local listings for $1 Wednesdays at your local theater. These are soon coming to an end, but we hope to catch the last one or two at our theater.
Hope you have fun winding down summer with these 5 fun family activities or at least coming up with your own ways to celebrate summer coming to an end!
Author Bio: Theresa has been married for 18 years and is mom to 8 beautiful children. She is also a WAHM (Work-At-Home-Mom) She is a Virtual Assistant with her own company as well as an independent contractor with Your USA VA. Her interests include: reading, writing, travel, education, being an entrepreneur, being self-sufficient by growing her own food through farming and gardening. To learn more about her and her family visit her blog Faith and Family Reviews.