The laid back nature of summer is the perfect time to strengthen families while having fun together. Now that July is upon us, it’s time to really celebrate summer. From water play to awesome virtual events, here are 31 family activities to keep your kiddos busy all month long.

1. Fire up the grill and make grilled pizzas, Mexican corn with avocado butter or pineapple shrimp skewers.

2. Go to a drive-in movie. 

3. Go pick peaches at a local orchard or pickery.

4. Make ice cream without an ice cream maker

5. Sign up for a few fun and affordable summer programs.

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6. Plan a backyard camping trip

7. Host a family writing night. Here are six ideas to get the pencils moving and words on paper.

8. Make a bird feeder for your feathered friends. 

9. Set up an ice cream sundae bar to make a Friday night feel special. 

10. Order new books from a black-owned independent bookstore

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11. Check out our favorite, social distancing-approved activities. 

12. Have an honest conversation with your kids about racism in America

13. Make an epic outdoor fort. 

14. Spend an afternoon on your sidewalk or driveway. 

15. Go birding with our printable scavenger hunt.

16. Make homemade popsicles

17. If it's too hot outside, have fun with one of these indoor activities

18. Start a Friday night family tradition.

19. Have a 1980s-inspired summer day.

20. Reach out to an old friend with kids, and become pen pals

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21. Order a new subscription box and do the project together.

22. Have a yes day with your kids.

23. Take a long drive to somewhere that's not your neighborhood. 

24. Check out some cool virtual music services for kids

25. Learn how to draw Spiderman

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26. Start a home improvement project the whole family can tackle. 

27. Set up a huge new inflatable water toy in your yard.

28. Organize a dance party in your living room

29. Check-in with grandparents that live out of town or are still staying home. 

30. Make a time capsule. There's plenty to remember about 2020! 

31. Take a vacation without leaving the house.

Set up an easy gardening project for your kids.

8. Or, build a toy car garage on a rainy day.

9. Catch fireflies.

10. Have a weekly “crafternoon” with summer crafts.

—Gabby Cullen with Leah Singer



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