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Simple Ideas to Bond with Your Family at Home This Summer

The year 2021 seems to be moving fast. January feels like yesterday. Now, May’s gaining steam, and in a few weeks, summer will officially begin. And it’s never too early to plan exciting activities to share with the rest of your happy-go-lucky family. But there’s a caveat.

A specter of danger still hovers above us. And it’s best to stay safe while we wait for the dust to settle. By that, we mean stay home as much as you can. However, that does not mean you should let summer pass by without your family enjoying the sun and the breeze. Here are bonding ideas you could do with your loved ones within the comfort and security of your home with help from the experts at

Turn your front yard into a DIY resort

You take pride in your water supply. You know the contractors who built your house followed the strict SWPPP compliance standards, says Erosion Control Services. The water that comes out of your pipes is good enough to drink. And if it’s good enough to drink, it’s quite ready to be dipped in. So here’s an idea. Why not turn your front yard, or back yard for that matter, into a DIY resort? Those spaces should not be idle.

So go online and find the best modular swimming pool you can find. Do not let it linger in your cart. Go to check out ASAP. Hopefully, your order arrives just in time for summer. Set it up quickly, and let your entire family soak up the sun in cool and clean water for the rest of the season.

A multi-ethnic group of young adults are hanging out at a campfire. Their tent is pitched behind them. They are chatting by the fire while roasting marshmallows.

Cook international cuisines with the rest of the family

Summer is the best time for picnics. And picnics should not be basic. Get everyone on board an international cuisine adventure. Schedule a picnic at least once a week, with each day devoted to a specific foreign cuisine. Make sure everyone has something to do in the kitchen.

Start with something familiar like Italian. Think Ravioli di Zucca. It’s strange enough to get everyone interested. But it’s still relatively simple that your family won’t end up bickering with each other while preparing the dish. Take the dish outside and dine al fresco.

Start gardening as a group.

If you haven’t caught the gardening bug yet, it’s time you succumb to the trend. It’s a genuinely satisfying hobby. And one you can share with the rest of your family.

You can turn your front or back yard into a herb or vegetable garden. Or a flower garden if you want to prettify your property.

Are you deprived of a front or back yard? No problem. You can try out hydroponic gardening, which does not require too much space. Again, your excellent water supply will come in handy.

Portrait of a happy family of four enjoying a day at the beach

Themed movie marathons

By themed movie marathons, we don’t mean you and your family stay confined indoors in front of your smart TV or a laptop. You can set up a home theater outdoors, in your front or back yard. We’re telling you those yards are quite flexible.

For this, all you need is a projector, a widescreen, and a speaker. And you can purchase them all online. Once your setup is ready, schedule your themed movie marathons. Maybe start with black and white movies. Then jump to 80s films. Theme possibilities are endless. Just make sure everyone’s consulted before any decisions are made.

Family theater

Does creativity run in your family’s blood? If yes, exhaust all of that by putting up a theater production. This is something households in bygone eras do, before the advent of technology that made entertainment ubiquitous.

Pick something by Shakespeare. Or maybe something philosophical like Waiting for Godot. Give everyone a part to play, whether on or off stage. Stage the event in your, again, you guess it, front or back yard. Invite the neighbors to witness your summer production. Bask in their cheers and applause.


We humans can adapt to our circumstances. When life gives us lemons, we make lemonade (find the recipe on For example, while the world’s current state of affairs is far from ideal, we make do of the situation and explore means to thrive. And we can’t separate fun and enjoyment from thriving. There’s no point sulking just because everything’s gone topsy-turvy. Learn how to take control and be merry.

So come summertime, follow any or all of the recommendations we listed above. With a little creativity and imagination, you can also come up with other ideas. Share them with the rest of our readers and us. We’re all in this together.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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