Fun ideas for the family

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By Sam George

Over the last couple of weeks we have been looking at family and summer, particularly how to make our summer count and creating memories with your family. Summer often can be a great family enriching time, if parents make it a priority. Do not let another summer go by without taking advantage of the opportunities. So, in order to help here are some fun ideas for the summer:

Summer is an exciting time for the whole family. The kids are out of school and constantly looking for something exciting to do, which sets the tone for everyone in the household. Maybe you have your own summer rituals — whether it be travelling across the world to India or visiting relatives across the country.

Even if you have no big plans to travel, think about going across town or to downtown for a weekend. You don’t need to spend too much either. Find some exceptional summer deals at hotels or look for some bed and breakfast. If you are more adventurous you could try camping or take a road trip to neighboring states.

I do not know if you like any recreational activities like fishing. Buy or borrow a fishing line and head out as a family to the nearest pond or lake. Even if you have never tried your hand at fishing, it is never too late to try something new. It is not what you catch or how good you get at this, but it is all about spending time together as a family out of the ordinary routines of life.

No matter where you live, make sure you take a trip or two to the nearby beach. Depending on how old your kids are, plan for some activities on the sandy lake front in Chicago or Hawaiian beaches. Kids love playing in the sand, making sand castles or swimming in the shallow waters (or trying to). Go see fireworks on the lakeshore or the popular summer activities such as the Chicago Air Show. Try a boat ride or something new this summer.

Plan for a trip to a museum that interests everyone in the family. It could be an aquarium or water park. Other alternatives are  theme parks or art shows. It could be the local summer carnivals or events organized by your township. There are lots of options in most cities in America.

Do not let the summer pass by without reading some great literature. Set some goals for everyone to read a new fiction novel or teen literature. Even preschoolers can be read to and they develop an appetite for reading when they see their older sibling or parents enjoying reading. Turn off televisions and avoid watching things on YouTube. Try watching a family movie at the local theatre.

The secret of a great summer is not defined by what you do or where you go. It does not even matter how much you spend. The other people there might matter a little. The real secret is hanging out together as a family. That is one way you can ensure an enjoyable time. Being there for each other. Take the time to unwind and relax.

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