When summertime arrives, it’s great to be ready with fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy!
We wait patiently for the time to move forward and the days to get longer and warmer. Summertime is here! It’s time to make the most fun in all those daylight hours! Kids and parents love to enjoy time together! It’s the way we make memories and highlights of our year. We take pictures, enjoy the daylight and sometimes we even let ourselves enjoy the evenings outdoors too! Summertime needs to be lived fully because once it’s gone we will miss it!
When the weekend hits, let’s be ready to enjoy every moment with our families and our loved ones.
For the grownups there needs to be some comfort in the great outdoors. This works for me and I’m sure everyone would enjoy taking a seat here!
No problem with beautiful outdoor furniture that is made for living in the great outdoors. Comfortable chairs, couches and ottomans for every taste and every need can be found at Wayfair.com.
So many styles and fabric choices are available that I know you will find something that will give you and your family pleasure for years to come. You know your own space and what will fit into that space. There are so many ways to make that outdoor space the “Place to Be” this Summertime! (Sometimes with sales up to 80% off too)
Summertime Fun for the Kids
Let’s face it, summertime is a time to enjoy all the crazy and wonderful ways our children use their imaginations and turn that into wonderful play time with their friends too. Everyone needs some time to enjoy friendships and building relationships with others and our children are no different than us. With longer days and great weather, there is time to play and time to build those relationships that will last a lifetime. Let’s encourage our children to share their space with friends and neighbors to make a wonderful play space for them to share with others.
Play houses and water activities are a great way for children to bond with their friends. What could be more special than a lovely summertime retreat meant just for the kids? Club houses of all shapes and sizes are available and after they are done playing “house” they can learn how to store their wonderful summer toys in a safe and clean enviornment. I love all the little houses, made especially for little people! Depending on your needs and desires, there are so many different styles of outdoor play areas for your children. Check out the beautiful, maintenance free choices right here! Play houses are available in just about any price range and each one has been child tested! Kids love these areas that are “their own”. They get to play house, make the rules and share all of the joys with their friends. It’s a win-win situation. Kids learn about taking care of something that they love, while at the same time they are learning about sharing and caring for their friends. Many of these play houses allow the children to “act” as the adults. I bet you’ll be surprised to hear them when they play. How many times will you hear yourself coming right out of their little mouths? It’s play that will encourage your children to broaden their own horizons, while having fun playing at being adults.
Water Tables and Sand Pits
Hot summer days are great for water table play too! Grab your favorite prince, princess, action hero or your favorite stuffed animal and pretend to have adventure after adventure. You get to be the author of the story. Dragons and evil witches, ogres and wizards all have a place to come alive. Water tables with their variety of actions will keep the children playing for hours. I know my own grandchildren would tell stories while taking their favorite characters on an adventure that would change daily. What would not change, is the ability to tell a story that involved cause and effects along with hours of laughter and funny incidents. My grandchildren had this water activity center and it lasted for years. My eldest granddaughter is now ten and her baby brother who is six still love to play with his little people and this water activity table. Check it out for yourself, it is worth the investment as it will keep children from the years of one to five or six, busy for hours on end!
This was one of the best purchases we made for our grandchildren and their friends…..This year might be the last one that this water activity center gets used. The kids would rather be in the pool more than playing at the water table. It is an age related reality. That’s why I recommend it for the ages of One to Six. After that they are much more able to cope with water activities where there is more water than child. That doesn’t mean that you get to let down your guard.
Safety and Personal Floatation Devices for Children
Children and water can be a dangerous combination. Always, always be around when children and water are together. We don’t want summertime to end up being a time of disaster. Be prepared with Personal Floatation Devices that are geared to help children remain safe in and around the water!
When your children are ready, and they will be soon enough, there are many more water activities for them to enjoy. There is also a level of safety that we as parents and grandparents need to avail ourselves of. Life vests for children who are not yet able to swim for extended periods of time are a must! Parental supervision is also mandatory. Don’t let yourself be lulled into complacency where the safety of our children is involved. Having said that, let’s look at some fun games for the children and the adults as well. These games are designed to be played in the water and they will provide hours of unending fun. Children will learn how to swim better at the same time they are really having fun. Adults can “fudge” the rules of the games to make it more fun for a more grown up crowd. Either way, you will have an enjoyable time in the pool!
Nighttime in the Summertime is Magical Fun for everyone!
When the sun goes down and the day is done, the fun times in the garden don’t have to end. Being prepared is the key! Lights that come on when the sun goes down are perfect for increasing the number of hours we can indulge ourselves in the Great Outdoors.
I love solar lights! Once they are placed in the garden, you don’t have to worry about them again. They will not cost you an arm and a leg in Electricity either. They are safer than outdoor Tiki Flames, but they don’t quite cast the same type of light. Tiki lights actually can be a benefit because you can fill them with mosquito repellent oils so that your enjoyment of the area will be complete without the bugs. If you are having actual fire burning lights make sure they are well planted in the ground so that no one can hurt themselves with leaning Tiki Torches. Solar lights will enhance your evening lighting in the garden and solar pathway markers will keep everyone safe! There is even a solar bug light that gets rave reviews.
Summertime is meant to be enjoyed and enjoyed fully.
Get outside and let Mother Nature shower you will all the fun times and lovely memories that you will make with your family and friends.
Come back and share how you are going to make the Outdoors your Summertime Playground. I’d love to know what your plans are!