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After surviving a lockdown summer last year and a school year of constant curve balls, this summer deserves more celebration and jubilee than ever before. As the school year ends and children get ready for summer fun, kick off this spectacular season with some family events to remember.

Have a Yes Day (or afternoon) 

Your children are used to: “No,” “Sorry, we can’t do that,” “We just don’t have time,” or “That will make a huge mess.” Surprise your kiddos with a “Yes Day” (or afternoon or hour) where you agree (within reason) to say yes to their requests. Much like the “Yes Day” movie on Netflix, you might end up wearing some wacky outfits and consuming more than your regular share of sugar, but it will also help you bond with your children and truly be an event to remember.

List all the things you can do this summer

Get your kids excited about summer by listing all the activities they will be allowed to do and begin to look forward to. Get some poster board, butcher paper or cardboard, and hand the children some markers and chalk. From going to the pool, to visiting Grandma and Grandpa to summer camp or a beach vacation, this activity is a great way to share gratitude for the things we have taken for granted each summer. Post this list in the kitchen or living room and enjoy reading and anticipating the summer fun yet to come.

Have a backyard campfire

While you may be a pro at backyard campfires after a year forced outside, the wonder of sitting around a campfire at night roasting marshmallows, telling stories, singing songs and gazing up at the stars never fades. Whether it’s your first of the season or one of many this year, make this campfire special by talking about the things you missed last summer and the things your family is looking forward to this season. 

Enjoy an ice cream sundae party 

Nothing sings summer like cold ice cream on a hot day. On the last day of school or the first day of summer break, hold an ice cream sundae party with your clan and put out fun toppings like sprinkles, graham crackers, gummies, cherries, and even whipped cream. Let your kids serve themselves then take them to the park to run out the sugar.

Have a water party

Water play is a great way to pass any summer day and beat the heat. Kick off your summer with a family water balloon toss, water blaster chase or slip-n-slide relay. Your family can compete or just play for fun as you celebrate the many water days ahead.

Plant a summer garden together

You don’t have to be a garden guru to grow plants. All you need are some seeds (or small seedling plants), potting soil, a shovel, and a little elbow grease. Let your children decide on their flowers, herbs or summer vegetables, and then work as a family to create a garden bed in your yard, fill garden pots or create a raised bed with some boards. The best part is this effort yields rewards throughout the summer and is a family project you will work on together watering and picking your bounty, especially as the summer season draws to a close.

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