Posted on Jul 13th 2021
Life can get busy, which is why it's essential to carve out time for family. And what better time to do so than during summer! With sunshine-filled days and warmer weather, summertime is perfect for embarking on various family outings. As parents, we can find it challenging to prioritize family time while working around the kids' school schedules and our own. Luckily for most of us, the summer months provide extra time for family bonding and fun! Here are five family activities you can try out this summer from your friends at Romp n' Roll Pittsburgh East.
Camping is a brilliant and cost-effective way to enjoy the weekend with the family. And it's easy to turn your camping outing into whatever you want it to be. Whether you decide to spend your time playing games, go on a family hike or spend the day barbecuing, there is something for every family member. All in all, a family camping outing is an excellent opportunity to get everyone involved and out of the house. Get out of the house and enjoy each others' company!
Summer is upon us, and that means family beach days are, too. Always a go-to summer activity, the beach is proven to be even more popular this year as covid restrictions are lifted. Going to the beach is like giving your family a mini-vacation. Pack your towels, suits, beach toys, and of course, sandwiches and load the whole fam into the car. A family beach day is an easy way to spend time outside and give the kids a change of scenery.
Whether your local park is a small neighborhood space or an expansive national park, the warmer months are a great time to take advantage of your nearest recreational area. A family picnic in the park is a fun and easy way to create lasting summer memories as a family. You can start by preparing the food for the day as a family. More hands in the kitchen will lessen stress about preparing food. You can take a soccer ball to kick around or bring a speaker and play everyone's favorite song. So, go grab a basket and a blanket and enjoy a family feast in the park!
Family Scavenger Hunt
You don't need to leave the comfort of your home to have a great time with the family! Try planning a scavenger hunt instead! Make a list of things to find or plant picture clues around the house and backyard. Divide the family into teams and give each group a bag to collect their items. Pick a meeting place after gathering all the items on the list. The first team back with all items wins a prize!
Scavenger hunts are great because they are competitive and encourage critical thinking. Plus, they're an excellent option for rainy days because you can opt to do them entirely indoors.
Edible Finger Paint
If you have little ones in your life, you are aware of their hunger for entertainment and, of course, food. Edible finger painting is a perfect combination for the love of all things food and fun! This activity is simple, fun for the family, and only requires two ingredients: your favorite yogurt and colored (flavored) gelatin. Grab a few bowls to mix up the different colors and start by adding a scoop of yogurt and a little bit of gelatin. Mix in gelatin until you achieve the colors everyone wants, then let the family go wild with their edible finger paint. Use plates as your canvas and channel your inner creativity. Plus, you won't have to hover over your little ones because it's completely safe if they put the paint in their mouths.
The most important benefit of spending time together is the simplest: memories lasting a lifetime. Whether it's going on a vacation or a picnic, positive memories are beloved possessions that create a sense of belonging and reinforce the importance of family. And reminiscing on those special family moments is how you keep those memories alive. Spending an evening looking through a photo album or telling stories about previous family outings is a simple but yet profound bonding experience. Discussing and reliving those memorable moments can awaken sentimental memories--and a willingness to create new ones. So make sure you take lots of photos during your family outings this summer!