20 things you can do with your family this summer


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by sarah elrod

Things you can do with your family this summer


It’s summer time and my favorite time of year. There is no better feeling than walking outside first thing in the morning and not being cold. You can’t change my mind! Summer means lots of days spent outdoors and time with friends and family. Whether you have older kids who are out of school or young toddlers that you are feeling a little extra nervous about keeping entertained on these long summer days, this post is for you.

I recently stumbled across a “summer bucket list” post and it inspired me to make one of my own and share it with you! My hope is that this encourages you to get creative this summer with fun things to do with your family. Remember: this doesn’t have to be complicated!

Most of the time kids are willing to do just about anything for fun if you set it up the right way. This is also a great list for those of you who might not live in town. I know for me, finding fun things to do at home is crucial since I live out in the country and won’t be doing the 30+ minute drive to go to a trampoline park every day. Can I get an amen?


10 Indoor Activities


On those extra hot afternoons, you might not be jumping at the idea to be outside all day long. So here is a list of 10 things you can do this summer that are indoors!

  1. Bake a variety of cookies
  2. Movie night! (set up sleeping bags and pillows on the floor for added fun!)
  3. Tie Dye some summer attire! Need a kit? Here you go!
  4. Have an indoor scavenger hunt
  5. DIY at-home popsicles. Here’s a good mold to use!


10 Outdoor Activities


Ready to brave the heat and get outside? Here are 10 outdoor activities you can do this summer that are fun and might even cool you off!

  1. Camp out in your backyard
  2. Start a garden
  3. Have a picnic in the yard
  4. Paint rocks
  5. Go stargazing
  6. Host a backyard olympics.
  7. Buy a sprinkler or inflatable pool for fun all summer long. Check out this one!
  8. Set up a lemonade stand. Here’s everything you need!
  9. Have a yard sale!
  10. Ride your horses (if you have any!)


Other Activities


Maybe you do want to leave the house for a bit. Or even go bigger than that! Here are some more “elevated” things you can do this summer with your family!

  1. Go to a discovery museum
  2. Have a “yes” day
  3. Take a roadtrip! Here are some travel necessities for babies & toddlers!
  4. Go to a national park
  5. Take a class to learn a new skill or hobby


Final Thoughts


If you are stressed about leaving the house with multiple kiddos this summer, listen to this episode for some helpful tips! But regardless of if you spend most of your days at home or out and about, this summer is going to be one for the books!


I'm Sarah Elrod

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I'm a Cowgirl turned serial entrepreneur.
I'm a horse trainer, western wedding photographer, business coach and ranch wife.
I help women in the western industry grow thriving businesses from rural America.
When I am not strategizing new marketing tactics, you will find me riding my horses, cuddling my cattle dog, or kissing my hot husband.
There is also a good chance I am buying way too many outfits from western boutiques.

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