August is Family Fun Month and with 31 days until September, there is still plenty of summer fun to be had.
My son Norrin is in a 12-month school and so he hasn’t much of a summer. But next week is his last week of school and his vacation will begin. Summer is usually one of the most stressful times of year for me. Four weeks off from school, transitions and the change in routine (or lack of routine) will not be easy, but I know Norrin needs the break.
I want to spend this month enjoying our time together before another hectic school year begins. I felt guilty that we aren’t going away anywhere. And then I realized we live in New York City – one of the greatest cities in the world. There is so much to see and explore.
Family fun doesn’t need to be extravagant, it can be anywhere, any time. And you don’t need to go far to have fun.
31 Ideas to Celebrate Family Fun Month:
- Go on a picnic
- Visit a water/amusement park
- Take a trip to the local children’s museum
- Take a ferry ride
- Play a game of charades
- Run through the sprinklers at the playground
- Make s’mores
- Put a jigsaw puzzle together
- Go see a movie…Disney PLANES opens August 9th!
- Go on a treasure hunt
- Play hide and seek
- Play miniature golf
- Go to the beach and build a sand castle
- Play Marco Polo at the pool
- Walk along a boardwalk, indulge in hotdogs and cotton candy
- Build an indoor fort, tent or teepee
- Have a water balloon fight
- Sit around a campfire and tell scary stories
- Go through your childhood pictures and share a special memory with your child
- Go on a bike ride
- Be a tourist in your own town and visit a popular attraction
- Blow bubbles (better yet make your own!)
- Go to an arcade and play video games
- Go horseback riding
- Spend a Saturday morning in your pajamas, watching cartoons and eating cereal
- Go for Sunday brunch
- Toss a frisbee around
- Roll down a grassy hill
- Spend an evening star gazing
- Go to the zoo or aquarium
- Take a family photo and/or use the Disney Story app to share your family fun memories with others.
No matter where you live or what your budget is – there is something here for every family.
One of the best parts of parenthood is reliving your childhood with your kids and creating lifelong memories. Take these 31 days to spend time with your kids, talk to them but most all – enjoy them.
How do you plan on spending the last days of summer with your family?
Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.