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Top 10 ways to have fun this summer!

Updated on December 13, 2014

#1 Make Homemade Ice Cream!

its pretty easy to make ice cream you just need cream and ice mainly. Homemade ice cream can be made in a bag use a small bag and then the large gallon size bag. You combine sugar half-and-half and vanilla extract in a pint-size bag and seal it tightly, then you place it in the large gallon size bag that's filled with salt and ice and you seal it as well. Then all you have to do is shake the bag until the ice cream hardens inside. You can do different variations of flavors in the pint-size bag, maybe add some diced peaches or other fruit. It's just that simple, enjoy!


#2 Go to the country for a picnic

A lot of country farms or farms that sell produce will allow you to buy a few of their items and you can also have a picnic there too! Find a nice park and plan a small hike and picnic. Traditionally people would travel to a scenic place and have a picnic. At the top of a ridge or by a lake or river or beach. Bring a blanket and a bag full of goodies and snacks. Examples: Hill-shire farms meat sticks do not have to be refrigerated before they are opened and they are nice to cut up and pass out at a picnic. I bring a backpack with a blanket and lots water and finger foods,like: Jerky, carrots, celery, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I also bring a zip-lock baggy with moist towelettes too.

#3 Snorkeling at a local lake

You can sometimes get a snorkel set for pretty good price. Snorkeling at a local lake can be really interesting and fun. Just be careful out there at the lake for boats and make sure in the swimming areas for safety.

Activity Ideas

Free Activities
Lo-cost Activities
More Activities
Play Tag
Popping Bubbles
Zip Lining
Water Balloon Toss
Wave Pools
Picking Dandelions
Bird Watching
Hiking/ Walking
Feed the Ducks
Oragami/ Paper Air planes
Hide and Seek
Hoola Hoop
Making Popcicles
Leg Wrestling
Frisbee Golf
Local Museums
Rock Hounding
Balloon Toss
Saturday Markets
Reading a Book
Visit a Local Library
Take An Art Class
Finding the big dipper
Plant Sunflowers
Learn to play an instrument

#4 Take a Hike!

Hiking is a wonderful way not only to participate in exercise but also it offers benefits for both mind and body. Being outside in the sunshine helps provide the body with vitamin D, another bone healthy reason to go hiking!

  • Hike in the mornings before the heat of the day
  • Always bring a compass and water with you.
  • Be sure to tell someone before you go where you are going just in case.

#5 Start Cycling, or join a bicycle group

You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere anytime of the year, without spending a lot of money many people don't play in sports because of the high level of skill that is required but most everyone can learn how to ride a bicycle. Once you learn you don't forget all you need is a bike and a half hour here and there. With some confidence bicycling can be fun. Cycling is not a activity that involves just the legs. It builds total strength as every part of the body is involved in cycling and also builds muscles. Cycling also builds stamina, improves cardiovascular fitness and eats up calories.

#6 Build a Tepee in the yard and camp-out

You will need 12 poles and they should be straight and smooth as possible rough crooked poles are signs of a bad housekeeper and a squaw is known by her tepee poles. They should be 13 to 14 feet long and about 1 inch thick of the top two are for the smoke vent they may be more slender than the others and should have a four-inch crosspiece lashed them about 2 feet from the top. Last of all make a dozen stout short pegs about 15 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches thick. Now all the necessary parts of the tepee are made, you can put it up starting with three poles, making a triangle.

How To make a Tepee Tent

#7 Party & Potluck

Potlucks are always fun! Everyone brings something yummy and you only have cook one dish. With great food, and more variety, how can you go wrong? For the Irish, potluck meant a meal with no menu but every one brought a dish to share, it comes from a time when groups of Irish women would gather together to cook dinner with only one pot. The "Safari Supper" known in the UK and South Africa is a group of people who go from house to house to eat their meal. Having games for the kids to play is great too like a balloon toss game or some kind of game for the whole family like Crockett.

#8 Rafting / Kayaking

Rafting the Grand Canyon

River Rafting or Kayaking

River rafting and kayaking is a lot of fun. You can go for a nice leisurely rafting trip with a guide, or go kayaking on your own and enjoy the scenic beauty beside the river or lake.

#9 Start a Herb Garden

If you are interested in gardening but not sure where to begin, try planting herbs they are really easy to grow. With plenty of water and sunshine chives are great to grow they have a purple bloom and may make great flavor to any dish, it's an onion flavor. Rosemary is a great herb it goes great on chicken or turkey and beef. Rosemary doesn't have to be watered every day, once a week would be okay. Sweet basil is a great herb to grow, you can use it in Italian food it goes great in all kinds of dishes and I like to put sweet basil in my water. You can even steep it and make tea.


#10 Make a "Pet Rock"

In 1975 Gary Dahl had an idea about creating pet rocks, because his friends complained about their pets. The Pet Rock was the perfect pet it was never sick or disobedient. In the beginning it was a joke eventually Dahl took it seriously and drafted an instructional manual for the pet rock it was full of puns, gags and plays on words that refer to the rock as an actual pet. Dahl sold 1.5 million pet rocks and became a millionaire. You can create your own pack rock using googly eyes and small poms for noses and use acrylic paints, you can cover the rock with a clear gloss spray after it dries. These are fun to make and the kids will spend hours with this idea!


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  • mindyjgirl profile image

    Mindy 3 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

    Thank you! I love planning activities for the kids :)

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    Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Numbers 2 and 9 appeal to me, but they're all great suggestions. I also like the Activity Ideas Chart--very helpful. Thank you and Voted Up!