5 Family Friendly Summer Activities To Plan

Mother, father, daughter and young son enjoying a picnic outdoors

Yes, you can finally enjoy the summer!

It’s Summer, which is one of the favourite seasons of the year for many Canadians. This year things may be very different with more last-minute family summer plans. It doesn't hurt to think about some contingency plans to ensure this summer is just as great as years before just in case things don't go as we all hope.

The good news is that things are getting back to normal, and we can enjoy some of the fresh air and get out there and have some fun! 

Here are some summer activities to help you plan for a great season with tons of family fun. 

1. Movies in the Park (in your own backyard)

This is such a fun concept, and a great way to have another family over, or involve the neighbours. If you have access to a projector, this is very easy to pull off. Hang a large white sheet in a space that everyone can see. If you are inviting some friends over, create “seating areas” to really bring everything to life. You could alternatively hang the sheet from your garage door and include a few neighbours to watch and enjoy from the comfort of their front yards. Choose from a childhood favourite or a newer release. Then the treats and fun are up to you! 

Complete your day by firing up the barbeque and grilling some of these great Canadian inspired recipes featuring Wonder® hotdog and hamburger buns

Bacon Cheddar Buns

2. Scavenger Hunts

Although you may have been keeping the kids busy with indoor or local versions of scavenger hunts, you can take it up a notch with these city scavenger hunts.

The great thing with this one is that the adults can spend some time checking out their favourite spots in the city while the kids learn about new places that they may not have otherwise seen.

If you have a car, this idea can literally take you as close or far as you’d like.  Give your kids a list of items to find while taking a walk in your city, near the waterfront, or at a park. The list can include anything from squirrels, to taxis, a person on a bike, someone wearing a blue hat, stop signs, clouds, and so much more. Finding new areas with new scavenger lists makes the activity new and fresh every time.

Finish of the hunt with ice cream for the family on the way home!

3. Enjoying the Outdoors

While you may have planned for things like kid, drink or food festivals this summer, some of these might be sold out as everyone gets back to summer activities. If you can't get tickets, or aren't ready to handle the crowds, there are still a number of ways to enjoy a weekend outdoors. A classic is a family bike ride. Plan for a ride to your local provincial park and pack an easy picnic to take a long and enjoy while you’re there. All you really need is a blanket, some delicious lunchtime wins, fruits, some drinks and a few snacks. Remember everyone also has their reusable water bottle and some extras packed up for the ride.

4. Backyard Water Wars

When the weather is really hot you want to find ways to keep the kids and yourselves as cool as possible! Here’s where staying at home can not only be a very economical choice but also be spur of the moment fun, that doesn't leave sand all over your car! Overall, staying at home and cooling off may be a lot less stressful than being out and about, especially with younger kids that can get irritable very quickly!

Backyard water wars can be a great way to spend some time playing with the kids or watching as they battle one another. This is also a fun way for a few neigbourhood kids to join in or an activity for a family get-together. 
All you need is a water hose, some water balloons, maybe a super soaker or two, even some buckets to keep it super simple! 

5. Create your Summer Backyard Oasis

If you really got used to spending time at home, and going out feels like a lot of effort, then consider sprucing up your backyard space (or if you already have, then simply enjoy!). There are endless options when it comes to turning your backyard into a kid-friendly play zone or a full family outdoor oasis. Check out more tips here.

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