10 Tips and Hacks for Family Summer Fun

Preschool & Older

Ah, sweet summertime. The kids are bored and bouncing off the walls. You're trying to keep your cool. Don't sweat it! Our clever hacks will make it a fun summer to remember! From healthy snacks for the kids to cool activities for the whole family, we've got you covered. 

1

Bug-be-gone

Set out leftover citrus peels, fresh cloves or a pot of marigolds to keep those pesky insects away. Skip sugary drinks and juices; bugs are attracted to them!

2

Totally cool water tricks

When you're feeling the heat, reach for a glass of water. Keep cool by freezing water bottles for a grab-and-go drink that stays cold (take a sip before you freeze it so it doesn't explode). For a summer drink that looks as refreshing as it tastes, freeze berries, fruit chunks, mint leaves or other herbs in ice tray squares (freeze them alone or in water), then pop those pretty ice cubes into a glass of water.

3

Fantastic frozen treats

For quick and healthy summer snacks for kids, make homemade frozen treats. Freeze seedless grapes for a crunchy, yummy treat! Or cut a banana in half, insert a popsicle stick and dip in fruit-flavored yogurt, then freeze it on wax paper for a few hours for a frozen fruit pop! The whole family is sure to love our mock ice cream fruit freeze.

4

Cut watermelon the easy way

Instead of slicing the melon into wide wedges or slices that get juice everywhere, try this summer hack. Using a sharp knife, cut the watermelon (or any other melon) in half lengthwise, then flip it over, with the flat surface on the cutting board. Now cut it into strips about one inch wide, holding the melon together as you go. Rotate the melon a quarter turn and do the same thing—make slices about one inch wide.

5

Magical muffin cups

Use muffin tins to serve up healthy summer snacks or for condiments at your next barbecue! Now that's an easy summertime hack that everyone can appreciate. 

6

Backyard tic-tac-toe

Looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained this summer? A new spin on an old game is a great way to have fun and get in a little physical activity! For this family game, tape a grid on an old bed sheet, shower curtain or tarp. Divide players into teams and give each team a single color or style of Frisbee. Take turns throwing a Frisbee toward the board, trying to land strategically on a square. The first team to land three of their Frisbees in a row wins!

7

Kid-friendly dart game

Turn a classic game of darts into a summer game that allows for some kid-friendly competition. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a bull's-eye and target. Put sponges into a water bucket. Then let your kids take turns trying to score. 

8

Glowing bowling

What's super fun and much less expensive than a regular game of bowling? Glow-in-the-dark bowling! Just put a few glow sticks in water bottles, wait for the sun to go down and start rolling!

9

DIY bubbles

For a fun summer science project, just combine 3 cups water with 1/2 cup good-quality dish soap and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup. Stir gently to avoid creating foam. For brighter bubbles, add a few drops of food coloring. Pour the mixture into old bubble containers and have some summer fun.

10

Clean those sandy toes

Love the beach, but hate having salty-sandy-gritty toes? When your beach day is done, just sprinkle baby powder on sandy feet to get rid of that leftover sand. Baby powder absorbs moisture, so sand falls right off.