“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”
– George R. R. Martin

Summer is wonderful. It opens new possibilities for relaxation and adventure. Blue skies and sunny weather seems to invite everyone to get out and have fun. It would be such a waste to let this wonderful season pass without having memorable bonding moments with your family. Since school is usually on a break during this season, it is almost a requirement for parents to plan activities that will keep their kids happy and occupied. Summer is therefore an opportunity to widen your kids’ knowledge and strengthen your family bond. Make the most of this laidback season with the following suggestions.

Do something fun in your backyard.

Summer getaways need not be extravanagat or done somewhere far away. Your backyard is a great setting for a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Watching movies together is always a great idea. But with the breezy weather, why not take advantage of a star-filled night and glowing moonlight to enjoy a flick or two outdoors? Here is a guide to help you set up an outdoor movie screen. After your movie, set up a camping adventure right in your backyard to liven up your summer night. Aside from tents and sleeping bags, you can also set up a campfire and roast marshmallows. You can visit this site for checklist on things to prepare for a family camp.

Play an outdoor game together.

With all of the sunshine around, it would be a pity to spend all your summer days indoors. It is a perfect time to introduce your kids to a variety of sports and other outdoor activities. Depending on the age of your children, you can arrange fun games you can play outdoors. Visit a nearby park for a game of frisbee or badminton. Or go to an outdoor court for tennis or basketball. Visiting a putt putt course for a round of putt putt golf is another option. It can also be as simple as allocating a day to doing simple outdoor activities such as bubble-making or kite-flying.

Learn a new skill together.

Summer classes are all the rage with many parents signing up their kids for various lessons. To get more involved with this, think of a new skill the whole family can learn together. If most of the children in your home don’t know how to swim yet, consider hiring an instructor to give a group swimming lesson for everyone to enjoy. Or if someone in the family is a good cook, then a culinary lesson is a cool prelude to a lovely meal. From painting sessions to music lessons or crafting activities, there are a whole bunch of activities that parents can teach or learn with their kids.

Start a tradition.

Give your kids something to look forward to during summer by doing something that can turn into an annual event. It can be a yearly fishing trip, picnic or family vacation. It can also be a time you head to the beach or go on a long road trip. An outdoor barbecue that will allow you to invite friends and family is another idea that promotes familial bonding. Make yearly adventures a family event by making each family member participate in the planning and preparations.

Seasons come and go and we have the freedom to spend them in whatever way we choose. Why not make the most of it by turning the summer season into fruitful and happy moments with family? When thinking of adventures to take, don’t forget that the kind of activity is only secondary to the joy and value that spending time with our loved ones brings.