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As the song goes, ‘schools out for summer!’ This year means something special for everyone because we are no longer on lockdown. It’s no longer just you and the kids (and husband)…you actually get to HANG OUT with REAL PEOPLE! Honestly, how freakin’ excited are you?!
As the season gets underway, you’re probably already planning all the beach trips, amusement park and zoo visits the fam will be doing. I’m talkin’ about backyard BBQs, home movie nights, roasting s’mores by a fire pit and so much more.
The major holiday of the summer is the 4th of July, so I’ve put together some ideas to do with your family. Maybe you want to start some new family traditions like putting together a family baseball game at a local field (or your backyard), hosting a lawn tournament; where you set up a series of different lawn games, or a cozy movie night featuring old classics like The Sandlot.
Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, or just staying home, make sure to deck your front door with this awesome 4th of July themed wreath.
To really get you in the mood check out these playlists (I’m a country and classic rock girl at heart).
Also, if you’re just looking for a summer type playlist, check out 1 of my very good friends playlist below. It has a great mix of music throughout the decades and different genres.
Summer is the time for relaxing days and fun nights. What better way to kick off the summer BBQ season than with a 4th of July get-together for friends and family.
Now that you’ve got the soundtrack to your summer, let the fun begin!
#1. Get the family together and play a little baseball! Baseball is literally this nation’s pastime. This Rawlings Players Youth Glove is the perfect starter glove.
#2. Make it a game! Family BBQs can get boring for littles, especially if don’t have a lot of other kids around their age. Grab these I Spy books to help keep them entertained and involved!
#3. MOVIE NIGHT!! – I legit cannot wait to do this during the summer with Cameron. There are a few ways you can set this up, the most basic is getting a plain white sheet and tacking it up against the house & then having a projector set up. Now there are a ton of projectors so I’m going to give you 2 options. Opt.1: This Mini Projector is a great, budget-friendly option. It has all the ports you’d need to connect to any type of device. Opt. 2: Full HD WiFi Projector; this one is on the pricey side but it does come with a screen. It’s WiFi/Bluetooth enabled so you can connect automatically to your phone. And the best feature?! You can connect your Fire Stick directly to it and you’ll have access to EVERYTHING!
#4. Lawn Games – Who doesn’t love a good lawn game? SO many options to keep all ages entertained! From the old school bocce ball and ladder golf to the new kid on the block, cornhole. I recently did a round-up post of my favorite Outdoor Toys for Toddlers
#5. Watch some fireworks – grab some Tommy Bahama beach chairs, a big blanket, and a cooler (if you’re allowed) and set them up at your local fireworks show over the holiday weekend. If you’ve got bigger kids, check out these Rio Backpack chairs that are perfect for them to carry on their own.
Try some of these food-inspired ideas!
#6. Bake some goodies!!! Who doesn’t love a good sprinkled cupcake with a tower of icing? This is also a great time to have the kids help with measuring/pouring ingredients. Then they can also help with decorating. This baking kit includes all the decoration stuff you’d need (minus icing).
#8. Get the family and friends together and have a potluck BBQ. Each person/group is responsible to bring a summer-inspired dish.
Getting the everyone together is great but sometimes, you run out of ideas for some fun activities for the fam. These 8 ideas are a treat for any type of shindig that’ll last you all summer long!