School is ending and summer is upon us. With less extracurricular activities and no more homework, chances are we as parents have a little more space in our schedule to plan some fun and meaningful times as a family.
HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS:
Have some fun together //
- Make homemade pizzas or a meal together
- Play board games – let each family member take turns choosing one
- Make s’mores in your fire pit, if you have one, or on the stove
- Invite a family over for dinner, dessert and/or a game night
- Play disc golf at a park
- Go fishing
- Go tortilla tossing at the Suspension Bridge
- Create a picture scavenger hunt to do with another family
- Fly kites
- Get outside and play some sports – basketball, gaga ball, kickball, volleyball, etc.
- Go paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Waco
- Go bowling
- Go on a hike
- Take a camping trip, or just set up a tent in your backyard
- Make your own ice cream or frozen yogurt bar at home
- Movie night
- Have each family member take turns planning a family fun night
- Go out for snow cones
Take some time to connect as a family //
- Pray and wait on God for a word of encouragement for each family member
- Ask God to highlight someone in need and bless them as a family – help the with yard work or a house project, write notes of encouragement, make them a meal, etc.
- Have each person choose an area that feels hard or discouraging and ask God for a verse that reminds them of truth. Share those verses with one another.
- Family worship time – have family members take turns choosing songs
- Read a portion of Scripture and share insights with each other
- Plan a Family Retreat – make it a staycation or take a weekend trip together
- Have each family member take a personality test and spend time observing how different personalities impact communication and expectations within the family; there are several free tests online
- Help each person identify their love language and share specific ways they would feel loved by family members
- Take time to identify goals, as a family and individually; brainstorm ways to contend for each other to reach those goals
No matter what you do this summer, my hope is that you and your family have a ton of fun together and grow closer together.
Have a great summer!
By Shannon Jones, Associate Youth Pastor