7 Summer Traditions to Start With Your Family

Our partners at New Horizon Academy want you to have a summer filled with fun with your kids. They are sharing with us some of their favorite family traditions. Read along for some ideas!

Summer is in full swing, which means longer days, warmer weather, and a great opportunity to create lifelong memories with your family. Try these fun, easy activities with your children this summer and keep the traditions going for years to come!

7 Summer Traditions to Start With Your Family | Twin Cities Moms Blog

1. Plan a Staycation

Be a tourist in your own town or simply enjoy some R&R at home without any distractions. Explore new places in your city, read a good book, take on a family DIY project, or simply enjoy some backyard fun.

2. Create a Summer Bucket List

As a family, come up with a list of things, new and old, you want to do before summer is over. Click here to print and fill out your summer bucket list!

7 Summer Traditions to Start With Your Family | Twin Cities Moms Blog

3. Go On a “Booknic”

This is just like a picnic, but with books! Grab your favorite books, a blanket, pillows, a few snacks, and head to the park to read. After reading, enjoy playing with your family at the park.

4. Set Summer Reading Goals

Avoid the summer slide and encourage the whole family to read throughout the summer! Set reading goals when school gets out, and once they are met at the end of summer, celebrate with a fun family outing!

5. Enjoy a Family Movie Night

Throughout summer, designate a night of the week for movie night. Whether indoors or outside, watching movies together as a family is a fun way to spend time together. Take turns each week letting a different family member select the movie. Check out your local park and rec for community movie nights, as well!

6. Take a Classic Family Vacation Photo

Each summer, take the same photo, in the same spot, and in the same pose. As the years go by, you’ll end up with a series of annual photos you can keep to showcase your family’s journey.

7. Plant a Family Garden

Planting a garden is a fun and educational activity for everyone involved. Have your children help pick out what to plant and visit the garden often to water, weed, and watch the plants grow. Try growing some healthy foods, and when ready, make a delicious meal as a family!


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