Throw a watermelon-eating contest 1 of 6Who doesn’t love watermelon in the summer? Celebrate the juicy fruit during your first summer
BBQ with this delightfully messy contest. We guarantee everyone competing (and watching) will have a blast.
How to make the most of your watermelon-eating contest
Pick fresh fruit 2 of 6Fruit fresh from the farm not only tastes better, it’s cheaper than going to the store. This activity offers a hands-on way to teach your kids about local, seasonal eating. (Yes, the kids should still learn a thing or two when school’s out!)
Find farms to pick fruit from near you
Play on a tree swing 3 of 6Your kids can enjoy the great outdoors right outside the front door with this classic tree swing set, which reminds us of our own childhood summers. Set it up once the temps start to rise and the summer breeze kicks in!
Get your own tree swing
Cool off with chocolate ice cream bowls 4 of 6One pro to the summer heat: you can use it as an excuse to eat ice cream! Start the hot and sticky season on a sweet note by making these chocolate ice cream bowls with the kids.
Make chocolate ice cream bowls
Blow bubbles! 5 of 6All kids are fascinated by bubbles (and to be honest, we love them, too). These fancy bubbles — with scents like Cold Mint, Cut Herbs, and Pear — smell just like summer, so having a little fun with them is the perfect way to kick off the season.
Get summer-scented bubbles
Start a project that never ends 6 of 6When it’s too hot or too wet to be outside, this Totem Tree project will keep boredom at bay. Kids can build and un-build this tree over and over again to create different results each time — so you can start the craft at the beginning of season and it’ll last all the way through to September.
Get a boredom-fighting Totem Tree