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What can we do this summer?
Try this list of 21 of the best fun summer activities you can enjoy with the kids!
It’s hot, seriously hot out there and we’re doing our best to stay cool and enjoy the summer break. It goes without saying that one of the tastiest and best ways to keep the heat away is to enjoy creamy scoops of ice cream piled up on a crunchy waffle cone!
What’s Your Favorite Summer Activity?
Glad you asked! I’d have to say that eating ice cream is on top of my list of fun summer activities, and that’s why I am so adamant about keeping plenty of Tillamook ice cream in my freezer!
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“How can I have fun in the summer? It’s so hot and boring.”
While this list could go on, I’ve whittled it down to just 21 fun summer activities, but by golly gee willikers, don’t let that stop you from adding more summertime fun to your list.
21 Fun Summer Activities
Beat summertime boredom with these fun summer activities for kids (and families!) and stay cool this summer!
1. EAT ICE CREAM
From the classic Old-Fashioned Vanilla to Banana Split and a chocolate Mudslide to Blood Orange Cream, Tillamook ice cream is perfectly creamy and enjoyed by all! And, even better? Tillamook makes its ice cream with the highest quality ingredients. This means the best milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones, extra cream for rich, smooth creaminess and no high fructose corn syrup.
2. GO FLY A KITE
This is one of my favorites! Just give me plenty of elbow room and an open space with a breeze, and I’m all happy! Want to make your own? Check out these plans to make your own here.
3. VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
We love spending time at our local library finding books, taking part in scheduled activities, and checking out passes to visit museums! There’s so much to keep busy with and learn!
4. PLAN A COOKOUT
Invite some guests and light up that grill! It doesn’t have to be elaborate unless you want it to be. Grill up your favorite meats, vegetables, and serve up some Tillamook ice cream!
Need inspiration? Visit your local Publix during June 15-July 13 for special in-store promotions to purchase Tillamook ice cream and more for the perfect summer party.
5. MAKE ROOT BEER FLOATS
To make, simply add 2 – 3 scoops of Old-Fashioned Vanilla Tillamook ice cream to a tall glass and top it up with your favorite Root Beer! YUM!
6. BE AN ARTIST – MAKE PUFFY PAINT ICE CREAM CONES
All you need is some construction paper, sprinkles, and puffy paint. Cut out a triangle for the waffle cone, glue it on a large sheet of construction paper, use the puffy paint to create colorful “ice cream”, and top it off with sprinkles before the paint dries.
7. GO HIKING
Find some trails or visit national parks and go for a hike! Don’t forget to take a picnic and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
8. VISIT A MUSEUM OR AMUSEMENT PARK
Take a day out and catch up on a little roller coaster fun at an amusement park or learn more about history, science and more at a museum.
9. PAINT WITH ICE
All you need are a few ice cube trays, water, some food coloring, and Popsicle sticks. Learn more about this activity here.
10. GO CAMPING
Sleep under the stars, roast marshmallows, make S’mores and more. Don’t want to travel far? Camp in your own backyard!
11. GO BOWLING
Lace up those bowling shoes (don’t forget to take your own socks), grab a bowling ball and practice those skills. Strike!
12. BUILD A FORT
THIS! We love forts! “Borrow” some blankets, pillows, chairs, flashlights and more to build a fort that’s the perfect place to explore and use your imagination!
13. CATCH FIREFLIES
This is one I love! I have caught (and released) my fair share of fireflies (lightning bugs). To find out how visit firefly.org.
14. WATCH FIREWORKS
Summer to me is all wrapped up in celebrating the 4th of July! To find out where you can enjoy watching fireworks near you, just run a search online.
15. MAKE HOMEMADE LEMONADE
I like to take 2 cups of basic simple syrup, 2 cups of lemon juice, about 1 gallon of water and make a nice large pitcher of lemonade, taste and adjust if needed. Better yet, make several pitchers and take it to the street corner with your own lemonade stand!
16. MAKE YOUR OWN BUBBLES
Grab a pail or bucket, add 6 cups of water, 1 cup of corn syrup, 2 cups of dishwashing liquid soap (regular strength) then mix it all together. Make the wand by bending a wire coat hanger into shape. Get outside, dip the wand into the bubble mixture and help the wind make giant bubbles.
17. HAVE AN ICE CREAM PARTY
Grab all the ingredients you need at Publix, from Tillamook ice cream to bananas, a jar of maraschino cherries, whipped cream, drizzly syrups and more to build your own banana splits and sundaes!
18. MAKE MUD PIES
Need I say more? Just remember not to eat them!
19. VISIT A PICK YOUR OWN FARM
Browse the internet to find a pick your own farm near you. From strawberries to blackberries, raspberries and more, there’s nothing like enjoying freshly picked produce.
20. SPLASH! PADS
Visit local splash pads, water parks, or you can make your own splash pad in your backyard with a tarp, sprinklers, kiddie pools and other fun water activity toys.
21. HAVE A DARING BATTLE WITH WATER GUNS AND WATER BALLOONS
Load ’em and lock ’em, then get ready to play! Gather those water guns and fill water balloons to have the best and most enjoyable water fight of the summer. Classic!
It’s your turn, let me know what fun summertime activities you’re planning this summer in the comments below.
Wishing you a cool and fun-filled summer!
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.