1. Plant a garden
Get down in the dirt with your kids by planting seeds for in-season fruits, vegetables or herbs that your family enjoys. Ask them what they’d like to plant and make a day out of it. Beyond having some fresh produce, this activity will instill a sense of responsibility since your kids will be helping you water and care for the plants. Live in an apartment? You can grow herbs like parsley, chives and oregano in a planter indoors!
2. Make summer s’mores
Whip up a classic treat with a twist! Stock up on key ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Lay out two graham crackers side by side, one with a piece of chocolate and the other with marshmallow. Heat the crackers up in the microwave for a few seconds, or until the chocolate and marshmallows are softened. Before sandwiching the two together, add a scoop of Breyers Vanilla ice cream in the middle for a cool twist on a classic dessert that your kids will love.
3. Camp indoors
Don’t have time to pack up the car and hit the road? Set up a tent indoors or in your backyard to create a fun staycation for everyone. Play board games, read books, make shadow puppets and tell scary stories while enjoying your family’s favorite finger foods. Don’t forget to take your family photos with matching pajamas!
4. Make colorful lemonade
What’s more delicious than lemonade to help you cool off in the summer heat? Lemonade with bursts of flavor that will also keep your drink cold! Unwrap Popsicle’s Better For You Pops and cut each pop into ice cube-sized pieces. Let your kids personalize their lemonade with the Popsicle ice-cube of their choice. The different flavors will add a different twist to each drink. Some great combinations are cherry and pineapple-infused lemonade.
5. Create magnetic frames
Cherish precious moments by displaying the summer’s best family photos on your refrigerator using DIY magnetic frames. Let your kids’ imagination run wild as they decorate the wooden sticks leftover from the Popsicle activity above. Let them get creative using paint, markers or glitter. After each stick is decorated, glue four of them together to your favorite photo. Finish this off by securing small magnets to each corner of the frame. After letting each frame sit for 24 hours, let your kids display their creation front-and-center!