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Sing in the Rain
We asked how you live it up each summer, and your photos are proof that you know how to savor every minute of the season. With these inspired ideas, there's no room for boredom.
During an outdoor geocaching treasure hunt, georgiatechmom's three kids take advantage of a spontaneous shower to sing in the rain with their umbrellas.
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Have a Picnic in the Field
Every Sunday, karlaelliott's family gathers at her parents' farm in Ohio for dinner. "This particular Sunday, we made dinner tables out of old garage doors and ate in the field," she says. Remember to ask each guest to bring a favorite dish to share with the group!
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Organize a Neighborhood Bike Parade
Pumpkinpetunia organizes a bike parade every Fourth of July. Invite the neighborhood kids to decorate their bikes with balloons and streamers, and top the day off with an outdoor lunch. See the details on her blog.
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Build a Playhouse for the Kids
Mikodesign built an incredible gypsy caravan playhouse for her two daughters, complete with kitchen, living room, and porch! Get creative with materials -- everything here was made with recycled, found, or vintage goods.
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Cool Off in the River
GrannieHale took her grandaughter Sofia and her dog Penny to play in the river. Sofia had so much fun splashing and picking up rocks that "she cried all the way home!"
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Ride a Roller Coaster
On summer afternoons, Cindy-RomanticHomeBlog loves to ride the Giant Dipper, an old roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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For her daughter's 8th birthday, mikodesign organized a Frida Kahlo-themed party, featuring delicious Mexican food, paper flower decorations, papel picados, and a Frida Kahlo pinata. The young guests even painted their own portraits and staged a Frida-inspired photo shoot!See Our Fiesta Party Ideas
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Take a Trip to the Marina
On hot summer days, carriesarnowski takes her kids to the marina to watch the "pirate ships" sail by. (See the blue pirate flag?)
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Gaze at a Stunning Sunset
"When you live in a city (San Diego) that has at least 300 beautiful days of sunshine, you're bound to catch at least one breathtaking sunset," says AndreaRoy.
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Have a Water Gun Fight
We agree with mylo021: "You're never too old for a water gun fight!"
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Enjoy a Campfire on the Beach
When the kids are roasting marshmallows, Mom and Dad can finally find a little time to relax at the end of a perfect beach day, says jibee.
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Strap on a life jacket and canoe the bay like fishdelish, who paddled at the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland.
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Explore a New City
What could be more adventurous than exploring the streets of a foreign city? Here, Jsterling's sons are taking in the sights and sounds on a cobblestone street in Rome.
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Throw a '50s-Themed Party
KarlaElliott's festive family celebrates the 1950s at a Sunday dinner celebration. Costumes are optional but encouraged!
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Slip and Slide!
On sweltering days, children can't get enough of the waterslide. After a red-eye flight, dcmd's grandchildren are still game for a few hours of splashy fun.
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Make Tubing Part of Your Family Reunion
Klandrum and her brothers planned a family reunion for the first time in more than 20 years. "We all laughed for two straight hours tubing together the first day of our reunion -- especially when one of us lost a vital piece of clothing and had to slide off the float!"
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