With the first day of summer quickly approaching, I am looking forward to hot days and cool nights filled with fun and laughter. Living in New Hampshire, often times it seems we skip spring and move right into summer weather. Having just a handful of warm months definitely makes me want to get outside, stay outside, and enjoy every minute of it before winter arrives and hibernation begins! Not having to put layers of clothing on my kids before heading out definitely has its’ benefits…like actually getting out the door instead of losing to the snowsuit that won’t zip, the mittens that are too tight, and two kids that have had it by the time I actually get them dressed and ready. So with June 21st right around the corner, I’m sharing my five favorite summer activities for my first post as part of the fantastic “Friday Five” linkup hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up For WHAT?!, and Mar at Mar On The Run. Check out these three awesome DC area bloggers for some great content around food, workouts, and fun, just to name a few!
1) Give me sun, sand, and water please! Spending the day at Baboosic Lake with the kids is awesome! It is right around the corner from us, child friendly, and there are kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals available. There is a playground right at the beach, grills to BBQ, and picnic tables for lunch. I can set up our “camp” and the kids will last for hours playing in the sand, exploring on the dock, splashing in the water, and eating their snacks. That means I get some time to enjoy taking in the rays on the beach. Win Win! We also LOVE visiting York Beach, Maine on the weekends. My parents have a home their near the beach so we can easily bring the kids and all of our stuff down for the day and enjoy the ocean breeze and the awesome waves!
2) Trails anyone? Heading out for a hike is one of my favorite things, although I don’t do it often enough. I recently visited a friend in WA and we did a day hike at Mount Rainier which left me longing for more time on the trails. I have made a promise to myself that I will get out more this summer for local hikes. I even asked my husband the other day if he thought someone made a backpack carrier that would hold both of our kids. He told me I was crazy of course, but I am serious! I could strap that thing on, load in 50 pounds of babies, and hit the trails…I think. Unfortunately, I haven’t found one yet. I digress… There are lots of different trails nearby ranging from easy hikes I’ve heard about at the Horse Hill Nature Preserve or more difficult hikes up Mount Monadnock.
3) Lace ’em up and let’s go! I love taking the kids out in the double BOB (aka “the beast”) stroller for runs when the weather is nice. I don’t do it every day because it’s hard work, but when we go, the kids LOVE it which makes me enjoy the run more too. This is the second summer my husband and I are participating in the Seacoast Road Race Series through Pro Portsmouth. All of their races are stroller friendly so we can bring the kids along for the race experience and make a day trip out of it at the same time.
4) Outdoor movies, race cars, and popcorn in our PJ’s! At least once a summer we visit the local drive in movie theatre in Milford, NH. It is seriously so much fun! There is something nostalgic about the whole experience. We wear our PJ’s, pack our chairs and a cooler, and get to relax and watch a movie on the big screen outside. There are some swings for the kids and there is even a small outdoor dirt track for RC cars so for kids 8 and over (and adults!), you can race the RC cars for some fun before the movies begin!
5) Ice cream for dinner anyone? Yes, please! I’m not sure this qualifies as an “activity”, but I’m saying it does! Since I was a kid, I remember going for ice cream dinner with my family a couple of times a summer. It’s not a regular thing in our house, but it’s a special treat for the kids (and me too!). When we get those super hot and humid days where everyone is sunburnt, exhausted, and needs to cool off, we hit the local ice cream shop for dinner. No, it’s not healthy, but it sure is fun! I figure if it’s something fun and awesome that I remember doing as a kid, then my kids will remember it with a smile too. Can’t beat that!
What are some of your favorite summer activities?