Summer Activities

School is out for my girls. We finished a few weeks ago and my son finished last Friday. We are all in full-on relax mode. Well, not really, because my daughters are headed to sleep away camp next week. But our minds are on fun things to do in the summer. Do you have your bucket list ready?

From BBQs to warm lazy summer days, we are ready. Although we are still waiting for the warm lazy summer to arrive here in Chicago.  There are strawberry fields to visit and blueberries to be picked. There is simply too much to do in the summer. So here are some things one simply MUST do if you live in the Midwest!

Drink Lemonade On Your Deck

Be sure to make fresh lemonade and drink up during the golden hour!

Lemonade Stand Mini Sessions Photography

Host a Backyard BBQ

Hang String Lights Over Your Deck

Add some twinkle to family game night or a relaxing afternoon by hanging string lights on your deck.

Spend a Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock

Can you think of anything better than spending the afternoon napping in a hammock?



Take a Dip in a Swimming Hole

Forgot your local pools that are full of screaming kids and check local lakes that you can swim in. This was a favorite past time of mine when I was a kid growing up in Iowa.

swimming in a lake

Make Your Own Salsa

This summer salsa recipe is so easy . . . fresh, simple and delicious.

Simple Summer Salsa

Decorate Your Home for Fourth of July

Gather Friends for a Cookout

Invite your friends. Invite your family. Invite your neighbors. Have a good old fashioned pot luck. Try something new and have fun.

Make Homemade Ice Cream

Hang Up a Rope Swing

If you have large trees in your back yard, find a way to shimmy up it and hang a fabulous rope swing. You will thank me, your kids will think you are the best mom in the world!

hang a rope swing

Make a Dish with Your Backyard Garden Bounty

Whether you wish to teach your children about nature and where their food comes from, or you just want to grow some of your own delicious food -- you will be amazed at how much fun a garden can be.

Make a Dish with Your Backyard Garden Bounty

Get Outside and Play a Game

Take a Hike

The country life is about connecting with nature. Get out and explore your area, there are plenty of forest preserves if you live in an urban area. 

Take A hike

Which activity are you going to check off first? I've decided since we have been so busy and already been in 5 different states in the past month that I am going to enjoy a summer book!

Here are some FREE summer activities to enjoy as well! Be sure to check out the FREE Summer Reading Programs available as well!!

About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on TwitterInstagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.