Summer Fun Ideas

All you need is some creativity, a little space, and sunshine for some summer fun! Here’s a list of easy to do activities great for the whole family.

Get Outside—Enjoy Nature
Long sunny days are made for exploring the natural world. Here’s a few great outdoor activities.

Bird watching. Do this in the morning, or later in the afternoon. Take photos of the birds you see. Keep notes of your sightings. Where and what time you saw the bird. What it was doing. How its bird call sounded. These are just a few things you can record. You can also use an app or guidebook to help identify feathered friends.

Grow things. Fresh herbs are easy, and practical. You can grow them in containers such as milk jugs or mason jars. Keep your herb garden on a patio or windowsill. This can be really rewarding—you can watch the plant sprout, and grow, and then you get to use it in a recipe!

Play I spy. Young and old alike, this is a great way to just pass time. Spread out a blanket somewhere quiet and comfy and stare up at the sky. Look for shapes in the clouds. Take turns playing I spy and talking about what you see in the clouds.

Feed your imagination. Using whatever material you have or can find—moss, bark, and leaves—create a fairy house dwelling fit for princess.

When You Can’t Get Outside
There are going to be days when maybe it’s just too wet and windy to go outdoors. Here’s a few great things you can do right indoors.

Build a fort or Lego castle. Use pillows, chairs and blankets in the living room and make a ‘secret fort’. If that doesn’t quite cut it, then clear off a table and build a Lego castle. This one you can even make a family project.

Camp in. Who needs to go to a campground? Spread out the sleeping bags on the floor and have a family slumber party.

Get folding. You can find a wide range of origami books. Even your local drug store has them in the magazine and books section, and a stack of colorful construction paper isn’t going to ‘break the bank’. Create fun animals and shapes. Give them to friends or family members as gifts.

Make a time capsule. Each member of the family writes down something they are grateful for. You can even include a special item in the time capsule. Seal it up and store it away until a designated date—1 year from the time you seal it, or next Thanksgiving.

Spending time together is what gives families the fond memories that they can look back on later. It’s also so fulfilling—doing something fun together!

From our family to your family, have a wonderful summer!

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All you need:
  • 2 ¼ cups frozen watermelon, cubes
  • ½ cup coconut water or water
    (add more as desired)
  • 1-2 Tbsp real Canadian maple syrup
  • 1 large lemon or 2 limes, squeezed
  • 1 fresh banana
All you need to do:

Add everything to your high-speed blender and blend until smooth and frosty.

Tip: Start off with just ¼ cup of the liquid and add more in splashes as needed to blend. Pour into frosted glasses to keep cool, garnish with lime or fresh watermelon sliced.

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