Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens


Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

This post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer will come and go, but memories last a lifetime! Plan a summer filled with fun adventures for you and your family using some of our ideas. Regardless of what you do over the summer, spending time together as a family creates priceless moments to cherish forever. Get ideas on what you can do together as a family below. And if you’re a parent of teens, these ideas were put together with help from our teens!

Summer will come and go, but memories last a lifetime! Plan a summer filled with fun adventures for you and your family using some of our ideas. Regardless of what you do over the summer, spending time together as a family are priceless moments to cherish forever. Get ideas on what you can do together as a family below. And if you're a parent of teens, these ideas were put together with help from our teens!

 Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Summer is here! It’s finally here! Why yes, I am excited about the arrival of summer! This summer we have quite a few things planned for our boys. I’ve been talking quite a bit here and on social media about the challenges of finding FUN things for teens to do! I don’t know about your teens, but our teens are in that, “I-don’t-want-to-do-anything” and “I-don’t-know” phase of life. Any suggestion I give about fun things to do gets shot down with, “I don’t know” or “that’s lame!”

So… what’s a Mom to do?  The challenge has been finding things the WHOLE family can enjoy. So, we sat down and came up with some ideas on what to do this summer as a family. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Let me tell you, getting them to all come up with ideas was a little challenging, but we did it. One tip I will give share with parents on how to get family bucket list of ideas going is to provide food. If food is involved, my boys are coming!

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Another way to get them to talk about ideas as a family is in the car. You’re all stuck in the car together for a bit, so it’s an excellent time to make plans. Our list of ideas started in the car, then once we arrived home, we finished it over snacks and a few games of basketball. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

So, here’s our list of things families can do together over the summer. 

Plan a camping trip. We’ve gone camping together as a family a few times over the years. Our idea of camping (or at least my idea) is renting a cabin or staying in an RV. However, the husband has suggested going on an authentic camping experience, out in the wild with just a tent and the necessities. I think this is a camping trip just for the boys, no girls allowed! {lol} Going camping together as a family is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just enjoy each other and nature. We recently came back from a camping experience at Lake Rudolph in Santa Claus, Indiana and it was a lot of fun. The boys were not thinking about their phones, video games, etc. They went outside, found other kids, and had a great time playing. 

Summer will come and go, but memories last a lifetime! Plan a summer filled with fun adventures for you and your family using some of our ideas. Regardless of what you do over the summer, spending time together as a family are priceless moments to cherish forever. Get ideas on what you can do together as a family below. And if you're a parent of teens, these ideas were put together with help from our teens!

Go Hiking. This is another thing my husband wants to do this summer, and the boys agreed to it. Since our kids have never gone hiking, we plan to start them on light trails. Our goal this summer with our kids is to get them outdoors. There’s more to life besides video games, phones, and electronics. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but from time to time we could all use a break. Getting outside and enjoying nature is an experience every child should have. 

Kayaking. I went kayaking for the first time last weekend and LOVED it. I was nervous at first, but it was amazing! My boys have gone canoeing at summer camps, but not kayaking. After I told them about my experience, they all want to try it. My guide was great and kept our kayaking trip simple. If your kids have never gone kayaking, I encourage you to try it. Find a location near you and let the guide know that this is your first time. Guides have to go through a lot of training and will be able to give your family a wonderful first-time experience. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Basketball camp. Last summer the boys went to two basketball camps and loved it. This was number one on their summer bucket list. Do a quick google search to see what basketball camps are in your area. The youngest went to a basketball camp last year where one of the coaches was a starting shooting forward for one of the team’s in the NBA. 

Start a garden or learn how to garden. This may not be a popular idea with your kids, but we’re trying it this summer with the boys. My husband has worked with Zayd’n, teaching him a few gardening tips over the past few years. At some point, all three boys have been out in the garden, learning how to identify weeds and taking care of the garden. They all understand the importance of having a garden and where the whole farm-to-table phenomenon started. 

Go on a road trip/plan a family vacation. We recently came back from our first family road trip of the summer. We have quite a few family road trips planned for the summer. When the kids were little, going on road trips seemed to be quite exhausting. The constant need to stop for bathroom breaks, “are we there yet” questions, and the constant, “I’m bored” statements. Now as the boys are getting older, we can drive longer distances, (like an 18-hour drive last year to Jekyll Island). Going on a road trip together as a family creates memories and increases bonding time. In the car, we will play road trip games, watch movies together, eat snacks, and talk together as a family. I’m learning as a new mom of teens, getting them to talk about THEIR life is important. Moments like these are priceless, and parents, we have to take advantage of them! 

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Theme park adventures. Our family loves going to theme + amusement parks. We’ve been to quite a few over the years, and we’re always on the lookout for new ones to try. We started our summer of adventures together at a theme park in Indiana. We had a ton of fun screaming and laughing as the roller coasters tossed and turned us. Kids, especially teens, do not grow out of enjoying theme parks. Plus, if you have younger children, most parks have rides for all ages. 

Water park adventures. Our boys are big into swimming and going to water parks. We have a few local water parks, which we will visit this summer, as well as travel to a few water parks. I also plan to put them into a swimming class. They are all great swimmers, but they could use a few refresher lessons on techniques. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Do nothing. Yes, this is a thing the kids want to do. After a grueling school year, they want days where they can just chill. I believe it’s important for kids to have down time during the summer doing absolutely nothing. This could be taking a nap, playing video games, or just relaxing on the back porch as summer hums around them. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Time with friends. And of course, each child has declared wanting to spend time with friends this summer. This will include sleepovers, going to the movies, video game tournaments, and just hanging out. I told them I would plan a summer party where they could invite some of their friends over for pizza, snacks, and games. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

Time with family. Regardless of what adventures you do this summer, as long as you’re doing them together, that’s all that matters.  It could be a trip to the library, free concerts in the park, checking out local museums, stargazing, camping outdoors, having an art contest, water balloon fights, writing a story together, biking, playing games together, reading a book as a family, or just relaxing, – it’s time together that matters. This will also include spending time together over the Fourth of July holiday with a cookout and watching the fireworks. Coca-Cola and Sam’s Club understands this as well, and with their 100 Ways To Summer campaign, they want you and your family to stay healthy and hydrated with Member’s Mark snacks such as Indulgent Trail Mix and Whole Almonds, as well as Powerade┬«.  You can also visit their website to learn about the current sweepstakes and how to enter. 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

With our summer packed with adventures, we are going to need a ton of great snack choices to keep us fueled. I’ll be honest to say my boys have recently begun to like snacks like trail mix. The husband and I have been life-long fans of trail mix snacks as a great pick-me-upper, and now the boys are growing to like them as well! 

Summer Adventure Ideas For Families with teens

What do you have planned for the summer with the family? Drop me a line below and let me know. Be sure to head over to Sam’s Club website and enter the current sweepstakes! 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

 

Summer will come and go, but memories last a lifetime! Plan a summer filled with fun adventures for you and your family using some of our ideas. Regardless of what you do over the summer, spending time together as a family are priceless moments to cherish forever. Get ideas on what you can do together as a family below. And if you're a parent of teens, these ideas were put together with help from our teens!

 

Summer Adventure Ideas for Families with Teens

 

Summer will come and go, but memories last a lifetime! Plan a summer filled with fun adventures for you and your family using some of our ideas.  Get ideas for things teens can do this summer with our Teen Summer Bucket List. Adventure ideas for teens and their families.

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16 Comments

  1. July 11, 2017
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    These area all great ideas. My idea is just to come over to your house and play with your puppy! <3

  2. July 11, 2017
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    That trail mix looks delicious! I always love to keep trail mix like this on hand for when I’m on the go. My kids love it, too. I’ll have to check this out!

  3. TColeman
    July 11, 2017
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    Having adventures with teens can be difficult. These are some great ideas and those snacks don’t hurt either!

  4. Awesome ideas!! I love your photos!!!!!! Especially with the pup!!!

  5. July 11, 2017
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    I love the idea of catching them in the car to discuss it all. They can’t get away, haha! Lots of fun ideas too. My family loves water parks and even sneaking in a few days of nothing is amazing too.

  6. July 11, 2017
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    I do think little camping trips away from home can be super nice bonding experiences. I’d really like to do an RV trip too!

  7. July 11, 2017
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    What fun ideas for the summer. I have never heard of that snack mix, we are huge snack mix lovers in our house, so I’ll have to check it out.

  8. Lisa Bristol
    July 11, 2017
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    I always stock up on Powerade. We love to go for hikes together. We are lucky to live an hour away from a huge amusement park. It is always fun to take the kids for the day and ride all the roller coasters.

  9. July 11, 2017
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    i love this! It’s so hard as my kids get older to find things that interest them!

  10. Heather
    July 12, 2017
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    We are at the point of summer where I’m running low on ideas on how to keep everyone entertained. Thanks for compiling a great list. I sent the kids to camps when they were little, but need to look into ones for older kids.

  11. I’m down for the doing nothing, in air conditioning! A day at a waterpark would be fun for the family and let everyone stay cool.

  12. July 12, 2017
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    I definitely can appreciate fresh ideas to help my son have a great summer vacation. I bet he would enjoy kayaking! I never thought of that before but it sounds like fun.

  13. Great suggestions! All these sound so fun! Would love to share this with my teens!

  14. July 12, 2017
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    I am loving this list! My son comes home after three weeks of camp and know he is going to want to do something all day long!

  15. July 12, 2017
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    I love this list. It’s so important to keep them a part of the family when they want to be with their friends instead.

  16. May 15, 2018
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    Excellent idea about summer adventure because we don’t want to wast our summer and I believe if someone follow your idea from here their summer will be awesome.

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