4 Ways To Have Backyard Summer Fun

   By lifewithoutpink  Jun 22, 2011

In less than one week, my kids will be out of school! Summer is so much fun however it can get quite hectic with BBQs, summer camps and day trips each week. Whether you are opting to slow things down a bit to catch your breath or resorting in staying close to home to save money, you can turn an ordinary day into a fun little adventure right in your own backyard.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Backyard Campout; Every year we throw an annual Backyard Campout and it has become a tradition that everyone looks forward to each summer.  Kids love to help pitch a tent no matter where they are and it becomes an exciting new experience for them.  We  roast marshmallows, swim and singing songs around the campfire.  The best part is if anyone has a hard time sleeping in their tent or needs to use the restroom the house is only a few feet away!

2. Drive-in Movie; As a little girl I loved going to outdoor films, it was always such a treat! Now with modern technology you can bring the outdoor film to your home. The easiest way is with a laptop, projector and either PC-powered speakers or an adapter that plays music through your car radio.  Stretch a white sheet over your garage door, set the projector up on a table and let the kids veg out in the back of the car while they chow down on popcorn.  If you have a minivan or a pick up truck, you can turn the car around so the kids can lay down and get comfy while watching their favorite movie.

3. Backyard Mini Golf; My son loves to miniature golf and this year we plan on having him help us design his own course in the backyard by using every day household materials.  Lay old pipe or a roll of wire on its side for tunnels, stick flowerpots in holes marked by stickers with paper flags to catch the balls {or weight down paper cups to act as the hole} and create water hazards by burying plastic buckets and filling them with water. There is endless ideas that could make a day in the backyard lots of fun!

4. Art Projects; Bring glitter, glue, paper, crayons, markers and finger paints outside and let your little ones be inspired by the nature surrounding them. Plan a few summer craft projects especially ones that will take a few days to complete. This will keep your children excited to finish their projects and give them something to look forward to each day.

Some of the best memories are ones that are created at home!

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SarahPep by SarahPep | PHOENIXVILLE, PA
Jun 27, 2011

My kids love backyard campouts!! Good ideas!

lauralee by lauralee | NEW YORK, NY
Jun 24, 2011

We don't have a yard but do have a roof deck--I bet we can make all of these ideas work up there except # 1. And I just found out that NYC Public Parks have a special Rangers program where you can camp out in city parks on certain nights--looking forward to giving it a try!

RoyalT by RoyalT | NEW YORK, NY
Jun 23, 2011

I have a neighbor who hangs a white sheet in his backyard or uses his garage door and then uses a second hand projector from eBay to show movies to his kids and their friends, it brilliant. Thanks for the great ideas I see a backyard camp-out in my future.

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Jun 23, 2011

I haven't been to a drive-in movie in many years but, they completely remind me of summer and my childhood. Great idea...Now to find one near me!