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    Happy Families: 10 Family Activities for Summer

    June 29, 2015

    Ideas for family activities this summer.

    10 Family Activities for Summer

    Summer is here! It is the perfect time to seek adventure and relaxation. Summer is also the perfect time to fill your schedule with family activities.

    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “In family relationships, love is really spelled T-I-M-E, time.”

    Why not get the most out of the next few months? With the list of 10 fun family activities below as your guide, you can create meaningful memories this summer. For even more ideas on family time, see what the Lewises like to do in the latest episode of Happy Families.

    1. Serve someone in your community.

    For example, deliver cookies to the local firefighters. Not only will it brighten their day, they might also be able to show your children around the firehouse. Matthew 25:40 reminds us, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [Jesus Christ].” When you serve and teach your children to do the same, they realize the joy of giving their time and energy to the Savior.

    2. Visit the library.

    Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I must remind you that you must get all of the education that you possibly can.” Maybe the only thing wiser than gaining knowledge through books and learning is doing it as a family.

    3. Create a sidewalk chalk mural.

    Take advantage of the sunny skies and warm weather. Free time for creativity is one of the greatest advantages summer offers. President Uchtdorf taught, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

    4. Host a backyard party.

    What do you think about a luau? Grab some rice, pork, and leis from the store and have a luau in your backyard. Learn a few Hawaiian phrases and maybe even practice the hula so you can teach your family and friends. It is bound to make for a memorable night.

    5. Go to the beach.

    Many cities are within a reasonable distance from a lake or ocean. Take your family on a trip there. See who can collect the most seashells. Swim in the water. Fly a kite on the shore. You could even scoop up some sand in a jar to commemorate the occasion and then keep it in a place that will remind you what is most important: spending time with family.

    6. Make homemade ice cream.

    On the Internet, you will find many kid-friendly recipes for homemade ice cream. Look for recipes that use rock salt. Whether you have a machine for making ice cream or you make it by hand, the real treat will be working on a simple and rewarding project all together.

    7. Roast marshmallows around a campfire

    Start by teaching each other how to build a fire from raw materials found in nature. If that is too difficult, you can always use matches. Bring marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to make s’mores, a classic summer treat.

    8. Visit a museum you have never been to before.

    In Doctrine and Covenants 90:15, it states, “Study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people.” Walking through a museum is a good activity for a rainy day when you still want to spend time together and learn something new, as that scripture advises. Some museums don’t charge for child admission, so it is not only a chance to learn new things; it is also a fairly cheap option.

    9. Plan a scavenger hunt.

    Hide clues throughout the house, backyard, or neighborhood for your children and their friends to search for. The reward at the end could be a tasty treat or even another family activity. Encourage your kids to use their detective skills, and if they struggle to find each clue or understand its meaning, teach them about the value of accidentally taking the wrong road before finding the right one.

    10. Buy a map of your area and then visit all the local parks.

    When you buy the map, highlight the local parks and mark them off after you visit each one as a family.

    What is on your summer activity list? Share your ideas in the comments.