5 Themes for Summer Fun
I’m about to tell you a little secret! When you create a theme or name an event it turns everyday life into a memorable activity. For example, years ago, our family prepared dinner together one night each week. The whole family selected the menu, and of course, it always included dessert. We cooked together, enjoyed a long conversation around the table, and then cleaned together. Well, truth be told, sometimes we cleaned together. We called this evening meal “convivium.” Convivium means convivial gathering or feast. The kids are grown, but we still look forward to gathering for a night of convivium.
During another season, life was so busy that grocery shopping wasn’t getting done. Instead of choosing drive-through as the dinner option, we went on a “scavenger hunt” at the grocery store. It turned the necessary task into a fun and memorable event.
The Fourth of July is just past, and we are well into summer. What if you spiced up the rest of the summer by planning a themed activity once a week? It creates anticipation and builds family memories. Here are 5 theme ideas for you to gather around:
· Wild and Wet
Pick one “wet” activity to do each week such as swimming, water balloon fights, slip-n-slide, boating, or go to the beach. Your time together could be as simple as grilling poolside one night each week and selecting a different pool game to play.
· Sizzling Summer Fun
Solicit the entire family and build a list of ideas of fun family time to do before summer is over. This is especially good for families with different ages and interests. Let each member of the family plan and prepare for the fun time together.
· Outdoor Odyssey
This is family game time outside. Play capture the flag, hide n’ go seek, roller skating, hiking or horseback riding. If your kids are older, consider after dark games, and let them invite some friends. There are hundreds of ways to be outdoors and get moving while creating family fun and memories at the same time.
· Summer Surprise Night
Mom and Dad, this is your opportunity to make a list of fun activities and surprise your kids each week. If possible, pick the same evening each week to surprise your kids with a fun family night. You’ll watch the kids wait in anticipation for Summer Surprise Night to roll around each week!
· Super Summer Service
It’s never too early to get your children involved in helping and encouraging others, and without the constrictions of a school schedule, summer is a great time to reach out and serve. Find one day each week to go visit a shut in, bake cookies and take them to a night shelter or mow the lawn of an elderly person. You could go to a low-income area and host a backyard summer camp. If possible, commit to the same area of service so that you can build relationships with those you are serving. Finish the service activity with a trip for an ice cream or snow cone. Use this opportunity to talk about your service time and what each person learned. This adds some fun and builds memories and relationships too!
Make the most of the time you have left this summer. Name it. Claim it. And build great family time and memories.