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10 Summer Break Activities You've Never Tried Before
Rent and RV, volunteer at a local farm or enter a family-friendly race to build the kind of memories that will sustain you during those long winter months.
Pick Your Own Produce
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Pick produce at a local farm and cook one meal a week with what you bring home. Not only will the fresh food taste incredible straight off the grill or out of the oven, but picking food from the ground, instead of plucking it from a grocery store shelf, helps connect you and your kids with the natural food cycle.
Seasonal produce is also more sustainable because it hasn't been shipped a long distance, making the time from farm to fork shorter. Find a place to harvest dinner at PickYourOwn.org with participating farms in almost every state in the U.S.
Enter a Family-Friendly Race
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Many races now offer shorter distances for kids or families to run together. Participate in just one race or sign up for a few throughout the summer break and make bets on who will be first, who will have the best record and more.
Register for the Cure 5K and Fun Walk or find something in your region.
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Lend a helping hand this summer break. Whether you head to your local park or take a weekend-long volunteer vacation, you can make a difference and spend lots of time outside. Some fun places to volunteer include:
- A farm
- The local food shelter
- A nearby park
- A national park with a volunteer group
- The local school—playground construction, cleanup etc.
- Habitat for Humanity
See how just one day volunteering at a local park can help in Reconnect With Your Parks Through Volunteering.
Build a Fire Pit and Make S'mores
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Kick off the summer by building a fire pit in your backyard. This is a fun project the entire family can help with and enjoy at the end. Make it as simple—a hole surrounded by large rocks—or intricate—decorative bricks built up around a metal fire pit—as you want.
Before you break ground, check your local fire code. There are likely regulations to consider such as the pit's distance from your house, how deep the hole needs to be, and more. Lowes.com offers tips and advice for the entire building process.
Don't forget to stock up on s'mores stuff—grab ingredients for the Donald Trump, the Girl Scout and other fun variations on this traditional dessert.
Hold a Chalk-Drawing Contest
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Deviate from the usual hopscotch and have a chalk-drawing contest with all the kids in your neighborhood. Everyone has to create their best piece of artwork on the sidewalk and a "panel" of parents can judge. Prepare a prize for the winner such as movie tickets, a new box of chalk or a day trip to the local beach.
Rent an RV
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Nearly 90 percent of people polled by Louis Harris and Associates said that RV travel is the best way to vacation as a family. With comfortable beds, plenty of space to bond while you drive and easy setup at the campsite, it's the perfect mode of transportation for a camping trip this summer.
If you don't know how to drive one, have it dropped off at the campsite. Or, brush up on your motorhome driving skills with these tips.
Learn a New Skill
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Summer break doesn't feel long, but a few months is enough time to acquire a new skill. Whether you learn as a family or watch your kids become better at an activity they want to master, use this opportunity to try something new such as:
- Diving or swimming
Have a Backyard Campout
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Don't have a free weekend to get away? No worries, you can camp in your backyard. Make a whole weekend of it: set up the tent, make dinner on the grill, and cook s'mores over your new fire pit.
Invite friends to join you on June 28 for the Great American Backyard campout. The National Wildlife Federation, which is hosting the event, wants 200,000 people to participate this year. Sign the petition and let them know you're in on the fun.
Start a Neighborhood Wiffle Ball Tournament
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Get everyone involved this summer break with a wiffle ball tournament. This kid-friendly sport is simple, inexpensive and inclusive by nature. Don't just play one or two games though, create a summer-long tournament. Hold a few games every week until the end of the summer, when the top teams compete for the championship.
End the season with a backyard barbecue, music and fun. Who knows, everyone may love it so much you'll have to make it an annual event.
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Teach your children the value of a dollar and help them have their first entrepreneurial experience with a lemonade stand. On a hot summer day in a busy neighborhood, they can spend plenty of time outside and make some money for ice cream later that night.