Summer is upon us, well, maybe not quiiiiiiiiite yet. But it will be here in a blink. Maybe that’s a positive thing. I think back to summers as a kid and remember playing down by the creek near our house. Or, maybe it’s … well … let’s be honest here, friends. Summer days are long, and there are expectations of fun activities and vacations. Before we get too far down the road into summer it feels like we’re digging ourselves out of a pit of doldrums, let’s band together to share the best of the best ideas for making the most of the warm, sunny months.

  • How to throw a staycation
  • 5 Ways to make backyard camping special
  • Top family vacation travel hacks
  • Your best summer memory from when you were a kid
  • 4 Must-do’s for hosting sleepovers
  • Setting expectations for your kids on vacation
  • 5 Best mobile apps for keeping kids entertained while in the car (or when you need 7.3 minutes of quiet)
  • Favorite outdoor summer games
  • How to host a block party, kid’s Olympic style
  • Connecting with neighbors – recipes, conversation starters, block party ideas
  • Bucket lists
  • 4 Ways to help kids learn to play alone
  • Safety when playing outside alone
  • 5 Really messy craft/game ideas that can only be done outside (and it’s summer, so they should be done!)

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What is your favorite summer memory?