Relaxing with your family in the summertime is a satisfying experience. Summer nights seem more easy-going, especially if you do not have to get up early the next day for work. Try one of these four fun activities for families to do together.
Build a Backyard Bonfire
So long as there is no ban on fires in your area, try building a backyard bonfire. You will need to gather some supplies such as boulders or bricks to make a ring to contain the fire. Alternatively, you could purchase an outdoor chimney that is designed to make a small bonfire above the ground. You will need to use proper firewood for your fire. Once the fire is going, you could roast marshmallows or wieners together, share funny family stories or sing some of your favorite folk or camp songs. Be sure to have a large bucket of water or your garden hose nearby to fully extinguish the fire before you go in for the night.
Install a Hot Tub Spa
After putting together a bonfire or spending a day of doing yard work, your body may be ready for some rest and relaxation. Consider installing a hot tub spa for your master suite or three or four season room. A hot tub spa could also be installed onto your outdoor deck or backyard patio. The warmth of a hot tub spa relaxes tired and weary muscles. You will also be able to enjoy your hot tub spa as the nights get chillier when autumn arrives. If you have a small family, there are hot tubs that seat two or three people. For a bigger household, consider a larger hot tub spa that could accommodate up to six people. Enjoy your evenings relaxing in the warmth as you gaze at the nighttime sky.
Go Camping in Your Own Backyard
If you would like to have the experience of camping as a family, but you do not want to deal with hauling all of your camping gear to a campground, try camping in your own backyard. Backyard camping is ideal for little ones who might get scared if there are unusual noises from animals such as owls that live in the woods. Camping in the backyard also means that young kids who might get afraid could go back inside and sleep in their own beds. Older kids may enjoy the fun of sleeping outside, and they can maximize their time getting in the camping experience without having to spend hours in the car. You will also save time by not having to pack your vehicle or replace anything that you might have accidentally forgotten to bring with you.
Play a Board Game Together
On a rainy or especially hot humid summer night, consider staying indoors and playing board games together in the air conditioning. Try a traditional board game that you might have played with your family when you were a child. There are also many complex strategy games that will get your kids thinking. Try a game that requires you to work as a team, or get competitive and select one that is more of an individualized competition. If you are tired of the board games that you already have, try swapping with a neighbor or family friend and experience a new game without having to buy it.
You could try one of these family activities or do a few of them in a single weekend. Relaxing in your hot tub spa might be just what you need after camping in the backyard. A bonfire also pairs well with a backyard camping excursion. You will make lifelong memories with your growing children.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends purchasing a hot tub for those interested in relaxation on hot summer nights. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700