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Last Updated on July 19, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster
Did you know that August is family fun month? I am a firm believer in spending time together as a family, especially as the kids get older. If you are looking for a few family fun month ideas you have come to the right place.
Family Fun Month Ideas to Enjoy Together
I truly believe that a strong family bond goes a long way towards keeping the lines of communication open and keeping kids on the straight and narrow. Summer is already almost over and soon it will be back-to-school time. Mine start next week! So very sad! But the summer fun doesn’t have to be over just yet and with August being Family Fun Month, it’s a great time for families to get out and enjoy some time together while having fun these last few weeks of summer.
Family fun doesn't have to cost a fortune, either. The list of possibilities is only limited by how far you can stretch your imagination and not your wallet. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy as a family that won’t break your summer budget. Here are a just a few to get you started:
Set up a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite family fun month ideas. Whether you make a specific list of things found in nature for everyone to bring back or just ask that each member of the family find one item to represent each letter of the alphabet, a scavenger hunt can be hours of good fun.
A challenge for one and all, either as individuals or divide everyone up into teams, if you have younger children, and make sure there’s a super prize at the end of it! (Hint: the dollar store is a GREAT place to find the prize!)
Meet the neighbors and start a game night
Some of the best family fun month ideas are those that help you make new friends! Are there other families in your neighborhood? If you don’t know them already, now is a great time to deliver invitations for a family game night. Perhaps a neighborhood water balloon fight? Or maybe an epic round of charades or capture the flag? It can become a regular thing for everyone to look forward to, putting down tablets and turning off the television for an evening of laughter and good times!
More Ways to Meet the Neighbors
- Start a Little Free Library
- Host a wine and cheese party
- Set up an outdoor living area and invite them over.
Even if you don’t have other families who can join in, a family game night is one of those traditions that everyone begins to look forward to and can be carried throughout the school year. Once of my fondest memories of my childhood was the neighborhood block party every summer. It was a great way to meet your neighbors and have a fun, low-key summer night.
Picnic at the park
Nothing says lazy days of summer like lounging on the grass, soaking up a little sun in a park with a cooler of goodies, some Frisbees, soccer balls, blankets, and pillows. Even better if the park has a splash pad or some other way to cool off, but even if it doesn’t, a fun game of paddle ball can work up an appetite for sandwiches and fruit salad like nothing else.
Don’t forget the sunscreen! Our local park has a free concert on the green every few weeks of summer and while the kids run around and socialize, the adults chill out and listen to music! Everyone has a great time!
Family outdoor movie night
Family fun month ideas don't have to cost a fortune. Going to the movies with several adults and kids can be a little hard on the wallet, with the parking, tickets, and snacks. Improvise your movie night! Many theaters have family movie days, where the films are low cost or even free. And look for local outdoor movie nights, where you can bring blankets and snacks and enjoy a flick in the great outdoors. If these don’t grab your fancy, just set yourself up at home with a big bowl of popcorn and treats, pillows and blankets, and a rental that everyone can enjoy.
Take turns picking out what you will be watching so that everyone gets a chance! Invest in an outdoor movie projector and watch your movie under the stars in your own backyard. Make my brown bag microwave popcorn and my homemade nacho popcorn seasoning and enjoy some healthier homemade snacks during your movie!
Go on a nature walk
Support your local parks and trails and head out on bike or on foot with the family. Look for plants, flowers, trees and animals that are indigenous to where you live. If you’re more adventurous, add in rock climbing, zip lining or canoeing.
Get into the yoga habit
Check out your local yoga studio for an introductory (often free or low charge) lesson for families. You can learn some basic poses and practice the art of relaxation as a family. Who knows? You might enjoy it so much that it becomes a part of your weekly routine throughout the school year too! Downward dog anyone? Get a children's yoga mat and really get your kids excited about exercising together!
Make a fairy garden
It is said that fairies that visit a garden bring good luck to the family who welcomes them! But to get them to come, you must build them a home! Build them a tiny house (popsicle sticks are perfect for this) decorated with flowers, paint and stickers, all in wild colors. That is all you need to entice fairies to your garden. Dig a path, line it with stones, put in a bush or a ‘tree’ and don’t forget a tiny welcome mat.
If you really want to wow your kids, leave a treasure in the house and when your kids are safe in bed, switch it for a fairy sized thank you note. The looks of surprise and joy on their faces will be worth the late night garden run! Check out these beautiful fairy garden supplies for ideas.
Catch a sunrise
Take an early morning hike to see the sun rise. Pack a breakfast picnic and enjoy the brilliant colors that spread across the sky at dawn.
Set up camp at home
Going camping in the backyard (or a friend’s backyard) is a great way to enjoy the spirit of a camping expedition without losing the convenience of things like running water and toilets! Not all kids are comfortable sleeping outdoors at first, so a trip to the yard with tent and sleeping bags is a great introduction to a camping adventure, right at home. Don’t forget the flashlights, s’mores and the ghost stories!
Become the local tourist
Get to know your own city or town and pretend you’re a visitor. Put together a series of themed tours and you might be surprised at what you learn. Ideas include an architectural tour, historical tour, museum tour, restaurant tour, shopping tour, parks and lakes tour.
Do you have any other family fun month ideas to share?
These tips have been provided by Grainne Kelly, a Family Travel & Entertainment Expert and a former travel agent who revolutionized the child travel industry by inventing BubbleBum the world's FIRST inflatable booster seat. It weighs less than one pound and can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or purse. Perfect for daily and vacation travels.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.