June 22, 2015

20 Free Outdoor Family Fun Ideas

School's out for summer! The summer sun shines! Let's enjoy it-together. As a family. Summer means more play time. Most of the playtime is spent with the children outside. But it's so much more fun for all of us to play together. We all need to engage with one another in meaningful ways. Summer allows us to do that while enjoying the warm sun.

I thought I'd share a few ways to have everyday family fun this summer. These are all simple ideas that don't require money and almost no parent preparation. By the time I finished brainstorming for ideas, I had more than twenty summer fun and free ideas. They are all simple. No prep. No money. Just family.

 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Banana Boat®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

  1. Hike a trail. 
  2. Swim in  a pond, lake, river, or ocean.
  3. Pick berries. (Then make strawberry jam.)
  4. Turn on the sprinkler.
  5. Jump in a grass pile.
  6. Visit a farm.
  7. Dig in the dirt.
  8. Roll down a hill.
  9. Play backyard ball.
  10. Plant seeds. Pull weeds.
  11. Draw with chalk.
  12. Fly a kite.
  13. Or fly a plastic bag "kite."
  14. Splash in a kiddie pool.
  15. Play at a playground.
  16. Find beauty in nature.
  17. Ride a bike.
  18. Jump in puddles.
  19. Watch the clouds.
  20. Read outdoors.
  21. Shoot water guns.
Children benefit from outdoor fun just like adults do. Even if I just take a ten-minute walk in the sun, I feel better. My children may complain of being hot and sweaty, but they get along so much better in the fresh air. (And we need to help my three children in every way we can!) Get more ideas for everyday family fun here.

Even if you are not a fair-skinned family like us, it's still important to protect your skin from the sun. If we (adults and children alike) plan to be outside for more than twenty minutes, we are covered in sunscreen. Before we head to the pool, ballgame, or local park, we protect ourselves. (I even burn during the evening hours without sunscreen.)

Sunscreen Tips

30 Minutes. Apply sunscreen thirty minutes prior to sun exposure for full protection. We apply at home before leaving to go to ball games, the ocean, or even the park. 

The picture to the left shows Big Sister, age 8, applying her own sunscreen before leaving for her brother's baseball game.

1 Ounce. It may sound like a lot, but for complete coverage, apply one ounce (2 tablespoons) to the full body. An ounce is a palm-full of sunscreen.

2 Hours. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

Since these outdoor family fun ideas are sponsored by Banana Boat, I wanted to make sure I tell you a bit about using the products I tried.

New Banana Boat Products

SunComfort™ Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen is perfect for the beach or baseball field because it allows you to easily brush sand off. It also moisturizes to relive dryness caused by the sun, salt water, or chlorine. It made our skin feel soft when we sprayed it on.

Dry Oil Clear UltraMist® Sunscreen has been reformulated and now contains argan oil. It feels really silky on the skin with the dry oil. Not a bit greasy! In the photo above, Big Sister is spraying this sunscreen.

Sport Performance®Lotion Sunscreen with Powerstay Technologyis what my husband has been using this lotion for his lunch hour runs. It's designed for active individuals. It's a lightweight and quick-absorbing formula. It's not greasy, but still sweat and water resistant (up to 80 minutes). For runners like my husband, it's important it doesn't run in the eyes.

Banana Boat® Contest

Banana Boat® Great Big Family Reunion contest is for you! Enter to win one of five $30 Banana Boat®Prize Packs including Banana Boat® koosie, key chain, draw string backpack and three sunscreen products. One lucky family will win a reunion for up to 50 of their family members and friends. Participants can also spin the Wheel of Fun for exciting activities to entertain their families all summer long!

Use the link below for the Great Big Family Reunion contest. It's easy to enter with social media. Contest closes on June 29.
Banana Boat “Great Big Family Reunion” Sweepstakes 
I-C will randomly select five winners from all program entries and will handle the fulfillment of the winning prizes.

~ Annette
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  1. The spray makes it so much easier!

    We went berry picking last weekend, and had a lot of fun. I was reapplying sunscreen every half hour!

  2. These are all great ideas! I love Banana Boat for my kids. It smells so yummy

  3. Chalk drawing has been very popular here this summer, too. We will go on with it (three wild grandsons) - and it is also safer than bike riding which they do, (it means we have to run after them, because breaks seems to be unnecessary for their opinions..). :-)

  4. Such fund ideas, I haven't done a banana boat since I left Florida...and chalk drawings...oh wow! The fun we had as kids doing those!


  5. Hi Annette, great fun for families.When the grands visit, I like to keep them entertained with activities. Regarding Amazon Echo, yes, you can add the free app and sync up your phone, ipad or desktop. That's how you create your lists.


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