Fun Family Activities During School Closures

I created this summer family fun bucket list a few years ago, but thought I would share it with you all during this time of school closures. As you are trying to find fun things to keep your children activity during the next few months, I wanted to share some of these fun activities that you can do as a family.  Now remember there are some things on this calendar like “visit a library (ours is closed) or “go to a fair” there are none, but maybe you can be creative at home and create a carnival in your backyard or create a little library in your house where you kids can go to a shelf and check it out with you for fun.

In this time of “stay at home”, I see so many people being creative with things to do. Besides this bucket list, I can share with you my other post of some free educational activities like virtual field trips you can do right from the comforts of your home!

Looking at this from a positive you are creating so many fun memories with your children that they will never forget.

Outdoor Movie Night

Instead of camping out on the couch, how about the backyard instead? Hang a white sheet for the screen with a black sheet behind it to block any light coming from behind. Use rope or tension rods between trees then hang the sheets using shower curtain hooks with clips. Make sure you clip the bottom too so the sheet is drawn tight. Then show your favorite movie from your laptop using an LCD projector that you can rent from an AV company or borrow from a friend. Pillows and blankets make the ground a comfortable place to stretch out. For extra fun, make a popcorn bar with assorted toppings so everyone can make their favorite variety.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

After a long day of playing outside or at the pool, nothing is better than a cold, delicious ice cream sundae. Provide a few different flavors along with great toppings like sprinkles, coconut, nuts, bacon, gummi bears, chocolate chips, cookie crumbles, and brownie bites. Don’t forget the whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel! Let the kids invite a few friends over and have a contest to see who can make the best sundae.

Scavenger Hunt

This is a great way to enjoy some family fun! Going to do this with my son. (If you click on the picture it will direct you to the FREE download on TPT) Create a scavenger hunt for your local area. It can include locations downtown, at the park, the pool, or a local museum. Split into 2 teams and give both teams the same list. Then head out to see who can complete their list first. If the items are something you can take (like a rock from the park) or buy, bring them home. If not, take photos. The first team to get back home with all their items checked off wins. The losing team has to do the winning teams chores for a week!

Cookie Decorating Party
Summer sun is great, but a day of rain is sure to come so be prepared with an indoor activity that everyone can enjoy. Keep ingredients on hand for your favorite sugar cookie recipe and icing along with food coloring for icing colors and some decorating bags and tips. When the sun refuses to shine, you can spend a great day decorating (and eating!) your favorite cookies.

Summer is a great time to spend more time together as a family. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the moment and the quality time together, that’s what matters most.

Click here for this FREE printable of my summer bucket list suggestions.

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