School’s out for summer and we couldn’t be more excited! We are sharing activities to help keep your family entertained this summer. After all, we all would love to have a summer without hearing the dreaded phrase “I’m bored!” As a result, we’ve put together a fun theme for each day of the week using some of our favorite activities.
Have a Messy Monday!
Who says Mondays have to be the least favorite day of the week? Unquestionably, not everyone is a fan of the beginning of the week. Now that school’s out for the summer, why not change that with some messy fun? Certainly allowing for more unconventional playtime is a great idea to brighten a case of the Mondays!
- Play in the mud after a rainy day.
- Get your face painted.
- Paint with squirt guns.
- Make a shaving cream slide.
- Create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece. Afterwards, it can be washed away to create a blank canvas!
- Make ice cream in a bag.
- Participate in a color-run race.
Go All Out for Terrain Tuesday!
Tuesday is all about getting back to nature! Without a doubt, we want our children to spend more time outside than indoors. Not only is it fun to play in the backyard, but there are some days when something extra special is required!
- Take a nature walk (and pack a picnic lunch).
- Plant a vegetable garden.
- Make a fairy garden.
- Start a rock collection from your adventures this summer.
- Visit a waterfall.
- Go on a scavenger hunt; perhaps using a color, holiday, or alphabet as a theme. Alternatively, our Frankenmuth “Tourist For A Day Photography Challenge” makes for a fun outing.
- Plan a berry-picking trip and then make a yummy treat!
- Plant a flower garden that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Try geocaching. To illustrate, this is a pastime that is similar to a hide-and-seek treasure hunt. Moreover, this is a great way to get out and get moving!
- Make fossils using leaves, twigs, dinosaur toys, and homemade salt dough.
Water Fun Wednesday!
Say no more! The water is calling. Why not answer with some fun water activities? While school’s out for the summer, it is the perfect time to try one (or all) of these ideas.
- Play at a splash pad. (Did you know Frankenmuth has a Spray Park?)
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Visit your favorite beach.
- Go to an aquarium.
- Make personalized tie-dye beach towels.
- Go bumper boating.
- Run through the sprinkler.
- Wash the car using the hose and bucket.
- Plan a fishing outing to the lake and learn to skip rocks along the way.
- Tour a lighthouse.
- Take a tubing trip.
Try Something New Thursday!
Make a summer bucket list. Although, we have added a few ideas, there are certainly many more options to consider than these. If you conquer an item or two each Thursday, then you will have completed your list in no time. By all means, these goals do not have to be large ones, just things that you would like to try. However, don’t forget to check that list twice!
- Relax and take in a movie at a drive-in.
- Celebrate Christmas in July! (One of our personal favorites from the list.)
- Try Aunt Frances’ lemonade recipe and start a lemonade stand.
- Fly a kite.
- Invent a new game or try one of our fun Christmas games.
- Float with the clouds in a hot air balloon ride
- Try a new food or stop by a food truck rally. Frankenmuth’s Fun Town Chow Down Food Truck Rally is happening throughout the summer!)
- Build a fort.
- Learn a new skill. For example, master the hula hoop or learn to make balloon animals.
Family Fun Friday!
Celebrate family time today! Now that school’s out for the summer, it may be time to take a trip to one of your favorite spots (perhaps Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland?). We made sure to include both local and out-of-town activities in our Friday fun picks!
- Check out a local fireworks display.
- Host a “School’s out for summer” block party.
- Catch a baseball game, whether it be local or professional.
- Visit a zoo.
- Attend a free concert. Frankenmuth’s Women’s Club, in particular, offers free Sunday evening concerts in the park throughout the summer.
- Visit your local farmers market.
- Make a family time capsule for the purpose of opening it in the future.
- Pack up the car and go on an impromptu road trip.
- Enjoy an amusement park or fair.
- Go putt-putt golfing.
- Make an obstacle course and compete for the best time.
- Create a scrapbook from the photos and memories from the summer’s events.
Sleep Under the Stars Saturday!
By all means, prepare to unplug and make some memories under the stars with the entire family! Unquestionably, travel is not a requirement for Saturday activities. However, if by chance you are interested in an activity away from home, a day trip to the planetarium is a fantastic way to get everyone excited about sleeping under the stars.
Although not needed, we have included fun recipes and activities to help ensure that your backyard camping adventure is unforgettable. To begin with, invite a few friends over. Secondly, grab the marshmallows and sleeping bags. Then build your campfire and set up your tent. Undeniably, s’mores and campfire stories are a recipe for a great time. Likewise, these campfire pizzas will be a great addition to the evening’s festivities.
- Hobo Pie Makers
- 1 cooking spray
- 1 loaf of bread
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- mozzerella cheese
- pizza toppings of your choice
- Spray pie maker with cooking spray.
- Place slice of bread on pie maker.
- Add sauce, cheese, and favorite pizza toppings to bread.
- Top with second slice of bread.
- Close pie maker and cook over campfire about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Watch closely.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Serve.
In any event, the evening will be filled with fun with or without additional activities. These simple boredom busters, on the other hand, can help you have a more enjoyable night.
- Write your name with sparklers. (Undeniably, this activity makes for great photos.)
- Make play bubbles.
- Chase fireflies.
- Stargaze and look for constellations. (Or in addition, make up your own!)
- Participate in classic games (Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, Tag, or Charades).
- Make shadow puppets with a flashlight.
- Create game variations using glow sticks. For example, try a game of bowling or ring toss using water bottles and glow sticks
By all means, a great way to spend any day is to serve others. By helping others, we learn many life lessons. Without a doubt, these ideas are not limited to Sundays. By all means, feel free to practice these every day of the week.
- Write a note to someone special.
- Pay it forward.
- Donate unwanted toys to charity.
- Make cookies to surprise someone. (Share or try a recipe from our virtual cookie exchange + GIVEAWAY!)
- Donate your time to a local food pantry.
- Demonstrate random acts of kindness. (Need ideas? We share 10 Ways To Spread Christmas Cheer All Year.)
- Help a neighbor with their yard work.
- Send cards to a hospital or veteran.
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
- Devote time to helping others.
- Spend the day cleaning litter from a park.
Whichever way you choose to spend your summer days, the memories you create will remain far longer than the season itself.
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