Summer is here and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ve come off a very hard year and since we didn’t really have a summer last year, we’re so making up for it in 2021. It’s going to be an amazing summer, so we thought we help parents make the most of it with this summer bucket list in the Inland Empire!
What’s one thing you’re definitely going to do this summer with your family!
1. Go out for a family hike!
There are tons of great hiking trails in the Inland Empire. Download the AllTrails app to see what sort of trails are around you and how difficult they are for your family. We love Skyline in Corona, Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside and Pumpkin Rock in Norco. There’s also The Loop in Claremont and the Heart Rock Trail in Crestline. It gets hot in the IE during the summer, so make it an adventure for the early morning!
2. Paint Rocks
Get creative and paint rocks for your neighborhood! Once you’re done, place them around the block so that other walkers and families can find them. Stick to themes or just paint inspirational messages that we can all use during these challenging times. It’s a simple and cheap project that’ll keep the kids busy for hours.
3. Make a bonfire and tell stories
If you have a fire pit at home, light it up one night and take turns telling stories. Make them silly, scary or just share memories.
4. Go to a drive-in theater
Movie theaters won’t be the same this summer, so head to a local drive-in theater near you! There’s the Van Buren Drive-In in Riverside and the Mission Tiki Drive-In located in Montclair. Plus, the Lake Elsinore Storm stadium is also doing movie nights! You can also create your own with a projector, and a white sheet outside.
5. Blow bubbles and chase them
You can never go wrong with bubbles. It’s fun for all ages. You can keep it simple and let the kids blow them and chase them or get fancy with a bubble machine (highly recommended).
6. Have water balloon fights
Every kid loves water balloons, so make sure you stock up on them this summer!
7. Sprinkler toys
If you don’t have a pool, the next best thing is sprinkler toys. There are tons of different options and they’re fairly cheap, providing your family a fun way to stay cool in the heat.
8. Have a dance party
Dress up in your craziest gear and dance it out! Decorate if you can and have a wild dance party the kids will never forget.
9. Go fishing
There are tons of fishing options in the IE to spend a peaceful day out by the lake catching fish. Options include: Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, Fairmount Park and Rancho Jurupa Park in Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Lake Perris and Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet.
10. Have a watermelon eating contest
Watermelon and summer go hand-in-hand so why not stir up some friendly family competition with a watermelon eating contest. Cut up slices, have competitors put their hands behind their backs and see who can eat the most watermelon slices in a minute!
11. Create sidewalk chalk art
Once it cools off in the evening, spend some time outside creating sidewalk chalk art!
12. Have a good ol’ BBQ
Nothing screams summer like a BBQ, so fire up the grill and eat dinner outside as much as possible.
13. Hula hoop fun
Remember how fun it was to hula hoop in the backyard and see who could keep it going the longest? Well, now it’s time to do that with your kids!
14. Go berry picking
There are tons of berry picking options in the IE. Check out the options here!
15. Ride bikes
Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids how to ride a bike (if they don’t know). Once everyone has a set of two wheels, go for a bike ride early in the morning or during the evening when it’s cooler out.
16. Make tie-die shirts
In case you haven’t noticed, tie-die is having a huge fashion moment again. Make some of your own fashionable creations at home with fun tie-die crafts. You don’t need much in terms of supplies!
17. Read in the shade
Have a favorite tree at a nearby park or on your property. Grab tons of your favorite books and head outside to read them in the shade of that glorious tree!
18. Play games
Have weekly game nights outside or learn new ones. Now would be the perfect time to teach your kids how to play classics like checkers and chess.
19. Make homemade ice cream
We can’t think of a better way to cool off in summer than to eat ice cream. But why not make it more fun by making it yourself! Here’s a fun recipe that’s simple and easy.
20. Create a family journal
Start a family journal that includes pictures and stories about all your summer adventures.
21. Take a nature walk with a scavenger hunt
Go outside and look for things on your nature scavenger hunt. You can create the list and include anything your child might be into (like bugs).
22. Make a birdhouse/bird feeder
Many of the local hardware stores have crafts for kids, including birdhouses. If not, a simple search online will provide you instructions on how to go about crafting one to put up outside. Then take time to observe the different birds that come to feed.
23. Wash the cars
Have the kids help you wash the family cars. It’ll teach them some responsibility while also allowing them to cool off. Don’t forget to have a sponge fight!
24. Gaze up at the clouds
If it’s a cloudy day, throw some blankets on the ground and stare up at the clouds, naming things that the clouds look like.
25. Build a fort
This is classic and so much fun! But instead of an indoor fort, make it outside!
26. Make a family movie
Thanks to all the movie apps on our phones and computers, why not make a family movie and edit it to send to friends and family you might not see this summer!
27. Fun lawn games
Turn your lawn into fun by bringing out all the lawn games you have in the garage. Everything from cornhole, croquet to bowling – your kids will have a blast.
28. Create a backyard waterpark
Get every inflatable pool, water table or water sprinkler you have and then create your very own backyard waterpark. Don’t forget the multiple hoses if you can.
29. Fly kites
Head to your closest discount store to pick up some kites to fly at your favorite local park.
30. Backyard camping
Grab all of your camping supplies and create a campground right in your own backyard. Don’t forget the s’mores!
Want more ideas? Check out this list of places to venture out to if you’re tired of being at home!
What other activities are you adding to your family’s Summer 2021 bucket list?