Monday, May 20, 2013

Magical Monday #17: 104 Days of Summer Vacation!

Phineas and Ferb aren't the only kids looking for Summer fun! Banish "I'm bored" those two dreaded words at your house this Summer with today's Magical Monday project!  Soon you'll hear, "Hey, Ferb (insert your child's name here)!  I know what we're gonna do today!"  104 ideas for Summer Vacation straight ahead...

Now it's time to fill those colorful strips of paper with fun ways to fill Summer days!  Get your kids involved. Be CrEaTiVe & have FUN! Write one activity on each strip of paper, then roll and toss it in the jar.

I designated a color per category for our jar, then we wrote on our strips of paper accordingly: Fun in the Sun!, Bring Some Cash, Girly Goodness, Fun with Food, Rainy Day Fun, Love for Others, So Random! (This category can include any activity) 

Here are 104 ideas ...
Choose your favorites, then add some ideas of your own that your family will especially enjoy!

1. Create driveway masterpieces with sidewalk chalk 
2. Water balloon fight
3. Ride bikes 
4. Skate 
5. Go for a picnic 
6. Fly a kite 
7. Play frisbee 
8. Go fishing 
9. Swim 
10. Run through a sprinkler 
11. Set up a lemonade stand 
12. Play at the park 
13. Feed ducks 
14. Go for a walk 
15. Build a sand castle 
16. Catch lightning bugs 
17. Play freeze tag 
18. Play hide and seek 
19. Go geocaching 
20. Skip rocks (or learn how to) 
21. Blow bubbles 
22. Create and go on a scavenger hunt 
23. Jump rope 
24. Pick flowers 
25. Invite friends over for a cookout 
26. Have a hula hoop contest 
27. Go for a boat ride 
28. Watch clouds and find shapes 
29. Play with squirt guns
30. Go bowling 
31. Have a "wild" day at the zoo! 
32. Take time to smell the roses at Botanical Gardens 
33. Buy a new board game 
34. Go out for ice cream 
35. Dollar store shopping spree {let each child choose a thoughtful gift for their sibling(s)} 
36. Go to a movie matinee 
37. Go out to lunch 
38. Rent a movie from redbox 
39. Go mini golfing 
40. Play at a local fun center/amusement park 
41. Makeovers 
42. Facials 
43. Mani/pedis
44. Watch a chick flick 
45. Blindfolded makeovers (give each other makeovers while blindfolded for silly fun!)
46. Tea party 
47. Make friendship bracelets 
48. Throw a slumber party 
49. Fashion show 
50. Bake cookies 
51. Pizza party 
52. Make popsicles 
53. Set up an ice cream sundae bar and host an Ice Cream Social
54. Make root beer floats 
55. Make fresh lemonade 
56. Create a "family restaurant".   Have kids draw menus listing the meal you plan to prepare for dinner.  Let them decorate the dining room according to the restaurant theme.  Have the children "work" at the restaurant.  Make sure you tip them generously for excellent service too!
57. Make ice cream sandwiches from freshly baked cookies
58. Create a new recipe 
59. Make banana splits 
60. Make a "just because you're sweet" cookie bouquet for a loved one 
61. Visit a neighbor 
62. Create and mail handmade cards  
63. Give a loved one a bouquet of fresh flowers 
64. Think about something kind someone has done in the past week. Write them a "Thank You" note. 
65. Donate a toy you don't use so that another child can enjoy it. 
66. Teach a friend or sibling something new 
67. Read to a little one 
68. Plan a play date with a friend you haven't seen in a while. Call and tell them you've missed them and can't wait to see them again soon! 
69. Find your favorite photo of you and a loved one. Make a frame by gluing together popsicles sticks, then decorate with paint or stickers. Deliver it to them and tell them how special they are to you! 
70. Movie marathon 
71. Go to the library 
72. Play board games 
73. Paint 
74. Play cards 
75. Start a club complete with secret passwords and handshakes 
76. Make a movie, then host a special movie premiere party complete with red carpet (a red blanket works just as well ;)) ...Don't forget the popcorn! 
77. Read 
78. Visit an art museum 
79. Paint pet rocks 
80. Dance party! 
81. Go exploring. Count how many of God's beautiful creatures you see along the way. 
82. Try a new (to you) seasonal fruit 
83. Make s'mores 
84. Go camping (outdoors OR in living room) 
85. Have a lip syncing contest 
86. Open a "Bike Wash"
87. Do mad libs 
88. Make paper airplanes 
89. Backwards day! Eat dessert before dinner, ect. :) 
90. Decorate t-shirts 
91. Learn how to say a phrase in 5 different languages 
92. Create a photo booth with fun props and take silly pictures 
93. Paint a self portrait 
94. Let's be pirates for a day! Each child hides "treasure" and creates a treasure map so their siblings/friends can go on a treasure hunt! 
95. Throw an unbirthday party!
96. Write and illustrate a story 
97. Make paper bag hand puppets and put on a puppet show 
98. Make Flower Pens
99. Pajama Day 
100. Host a book swap. Gather books you've already read and trade them with friends for new summer reads. 
101. Create a neighborhood newspaper. Write stories. Interview an interesting neighbor. Take or draw pictures. Make copies and play "paperboy" or "papergirl" delivering them to your neighbors. 
102. Put together a puzzle 
103. Be a tourist in your own city! Look at your city's tourist info (online or in a state travel brochure).  Find area attractions you've never visited and go explore! 
104. Create a Summer of 2013 scrapbook!

*Visit my 104 Days of Summer Vacation! Pinboard for even MORE ideas!

Each day of Summer Vacation let your children take turns drawing an idea from the jar.  ... Let the SUMMER FUN BEGIN!

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  1. I love this idea!! If I was still a kid I would be looking forward to this all summer! Maybe I need to make a grown up one for myself :)

  2. I love these! I need to make a jar for the grand kids !!!

    Hugs, my friend


  3. Just found your blog through the GCF blog hop!!
    Stopping by and now following!!
    Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!


  4. I'm loving this! I have 2 girls who will love this. :) Thanks for sharing. Found you on the Wed. Whatsits party. I posted as well. I'd love for you to visit me as well, if you have time. Thanks,

  5. Such a fabulous idea! We will be doing this! Thanks for the inspiration :) Following!

    1. Thanks, Kristen!! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy it and have a super FUN Summer!! I appreciate you stopping by, commenting, and following!! Have a wonderful day!! :*)

  6. THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy that you found my blog and invited me here. I am going to send the address of this particular post home to my fivers and their parents as part of their summer packet. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

    1. Thanks so much, Angela! I'm so glad to have "met" you today!! I appreciate you sharing, and hope that your "fivers" enjoy it too!! Your sweet comment made my day!! :)

  7. What a great post! So many wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing.
    I'm visiting you today from Mostly Homemade Mom. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat). I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

  8. Such fun ideas, Brenda! I am working on my "summer plan" right now...and these ideas will come in handy. Thanks so much for sharing, my friend!

  9. Fantastic idea! Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  10. This is a wonderful idea! My kids will love this! Thank you for sharing!

    I'm visiting from Piggy in Polka Dots Party. Have a great week!


  11. Great ideas! Pinning right now! Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home!

  12. So many fabulous ideas! Pinned and featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  13. Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas (although there are many we won't be able to do here in Phoenix during the summer). I wanted to point out that you have "write & illustrate a story" as number 96 and number 98.

    1. You're welcome, Ashley :) Yeah, it's understandable that many outdoor activities aren't summertime in Phoenix-friendly. That's one of the reasons I suggested choosing your favorites, then adding some ideas of your own that your family will especially enjoy. :) ...That and the fact that some families may not be in need of "Girly Goodness" like we are here with all girls! ;) I appreciate you pointing out that I had repeated one of the ideas so that I could remedy that. New activity now added in the #98 slot. ;) Hope you enjoy a fabulous Summer! Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

  14. Hi!

    Fun post and such a great idea. We'll have to share this with our niece and her twin boys, Judson and Cooper, who are 5-years-old. They will have a blast picking from the jar of ideas!

    We just wanted to pop by today to thank you for linking up this wonderful post on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    Come visit us over at BeBetsy and hope to see you next week at the hop.
    BeBetsy Link and Hop

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

    PS. Love your blog!

  15. What a great post! I love the idea for the summer fun and the whole Phineas and Ferb bit I LOVE! HA HA! The ideas that follow are all amazing too! Thanks for sharing at Party In Polka Dots!


    PS: Be sure to come by on Monday to see who was featured! It may be you...???

  16. OH MY GOSH! You have just saved my summer! Plus you listed ideas so I don't even have to think!! Thanks for sharing at the Summer Bucket List Party =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

  17. How fun and perfect ideas for keeping busy this summer!  Your being featured at Super Saturday Show & Tell today... come on over and grab a featured button! :)  I'd love to have you party again with me too!  xoxo~ Ruthie

  18. Adorable idea! I love this! Thanks for sharing at our Summer Bucket Link Party! Keep those ideas coming, remember the party is open all June!
    Happy Summer!

  19. What a wonderful list!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on summer holidays this week, Alice x


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