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Summer is definitely the busiest time of the year for us, which is ironic, since it’s also the only time that we are not on any kind of schedule now that Waverly is in school. But my girl loves all things that happen during the warm weather months & doesn’t ever want to miss a thing, so if she has anything to do with it, we are doing some sort of activity every single day. She wakes up each morning with “mom, are we going to the waterpark? to the beach? to run with the zebras at the zoo?”. It’s both exhausting and exciting all at the same time. 🙂
So I thought I would round up some of our favorite activities to keep busy during the summer, I try to do at least a few of these every week and then on the other days, cross my fingers that the girls will be entertained by me and the trampoline in the backyard.
One – The waterpark. Hands down Waverly’s favorite thing to do, she even talks about it during the winter months, counting down the days until we can return. Our waterpark is great, it has a kids area and Waverly is old enough now that I feel comfortable with her running around while I let Avalon sit in the baby swing or at the bottom of the slides while Waverly goes down them. It also has beer & a bar, so there’s that. 😉
Two – The zoo. Such a great activity for kids, ours also has a splash pad so I let the girls wear their suits and run around in the water after we go through all the exhibits. This is one of those things that lasts most of the day, so it’s a once every couple of weeks kind of thing.
Three – Walks around the neighborhood. So obviously a no-brainer and something you can do all year, but this has recently become part of our routine every morning before it gets too hot and all three of us love it so much. Waverly pushes her baby in the stroller and I push Avalon, I’ve been making smoothies for Avalon to keep her occupied and willing to sit for a bit longer (my kids don’t like to sit still). It’s such a great way to break up the day and I am convinced fresh air makes all of us just in a better mood.
Four – Bubbles, Sidewalk Chalk & Paint. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because I feel like I get it out with visions of an entire afternoon of fun, and within minutes, Waverly pours the entire bottle of bubbles out and Avalon has eaten half a piece of chalk. But sometimes it works, and it’s a great alternative to leaving the house if you just want to stay close to home.
Five – Movies. This is obviously something just for the older ones, we just took Waverly to see her first movie in the theatre, “Disney∙Pixar Finding Dory” last week. She did so, so good!!! I love the idea of this as a date for just me & her or a special treat that only big girls can do, and it’s so great to get out of the heat this time of year.
Six – Kids pool at the house. The cheapest, easiest, and best way for us to still have fun while at home!! This always works out well for us, we just take bath toys out and even use large buckets instead of the pool.
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Do you have any other favorite summer activities for kids?! Happy halfway through the week!
Love your summer activity ideas! We do a lot of those often. 🙂
Great summer time activities! Those little swimmers were a lifesaver when Mason was a tot. As always, love the photos of your little ladies.
Oh girl "pool parties" have been a big hit this summer! Its so cute to hear the 2 year old squeal "pool party!!" every time we pass a pool in a store 😉
Pulling down swim diapers is one of my least favorite things to do. Definitely need some nice stretch to help! I am glad Aria is past that stage, but I'll be doing it all over again next summer anyway ha. =) I'm okay with that too.
The kiddie pool is great too! We just got a little one for Aria, and she loves it. I feel like a grilling and pool evening needs to happen soon.
We love all these things too! Though I'm hesitant to do the zoo when it's too hot… I guess it's the smell combined with the heat that stops me lol. And we still have so many swim diapers left from last year since we loved them, but I'm so glad we are finally potty trained!