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4 Fun Family Outdoor Things To Do This Summer

Ah, sweet summertime. The weather is warm, and your kids are home. If you’re looking for some ways to make fun memories outside this summer, read on!

1. Take advantage of free community events

Two words: Free entertainment. The summer is packed with it in Braintree! Dust off those lawn chairs and check out these free movie nights taking place outdoors at French’s Common:

July 29
Secret Life of Pets
(French’s Common)

July 12
Rogue One – a Star Wars Story
(French’s Common)

June 29th
Sing
(French’s Common)

2. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

Gotta love cheap activities. Head to the dollar store, and grab some glow sticks and dowels. Drive the dowels into the ground, form glow sticks into rings, then let the ring tossin’ fun begin. If you’re planning to play when it’s very dark out, glue or wrap rubber bands around some spare glow sticks up along the length of the dowels to increase visibility. This makes for a fun game, plus it’s a great activity for increasing motor skills!

3. Make s’mores campfire cones

A sweet twist on an old goodie, and it’s easy for little ones to help with, so you can make these together. Have them fill sugar cones with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap the filled cones in aluminum foil, and grill for 7-10 minutes. Not only are these cones yummy, they’re also less messy than traditional s’mores because the chocolate doesn’t ooze out the sides. Who doesn’t love less mess?

4. Plan a Garden Treasure Hunt

When your kiddos aren’t watching, plant little dime-store jewels and treasures in the garden. Then draw up a map with directions. For an ancient look, let some coffee soak into the map to brown it with age. While the paper is wet, rip it around the edges. Bonus: You can even hide the map somewhere in the house and let the kids find it while making the bed or putting away toys.