Summer Solstice Celebration Ideas

I had a few ideas bumping around in my head for some fun ways to celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Who wouldn't want to celebrate the official start of summer?

We love summer around here and all the laid back, splashing, wet fun with lots of friends and family that we know is in store for us these next few months.

But before I told all the boys about my ideas I wanted to know how they thought we should celebrate.  So I asked them what they think of when they think of the perfect summer day.

We figured we wanted to think of things that made us think of summer:

  • Silly string fights
  • Swimming and playing in the water
  • Cookouts
  • Making S'mores
  • A backyard camp out
  • Staying up late
  • Having a picnic
  • A trip to the beach
  • Going Fishing
  • Taking a ride on the boat, kayak, or jet ski

We started by having a silly string fight.  We love silly string, and luckily my husband doesn't mind finding it all over our yard.  I just wish I could find bigger canisters since we run out so darn fast.  But the boys got me pretty well sprayed and were nice enough to help pick it all out of my hair for me when we were done.

After silly string we all migrated to the backyard and the boys built tunnels and stuff in the sand.  They played cooperatively for quite a while filling up buckets of water and pouring them through the pond they made.

They eventually made it into the water but it was still pretty cold.  First day of summer and it's still cool enough for pants with my tank top!  The boys swam for a bit and my mom stopped in to visit.


They spent the afternoon swimming, playing in the woods, and just being little kids on summer break.

We had a quick dinner inside and then headed out for a lakeside fire and s' mores roast with the family. The kids had so much fun "helping" to get the fire going, roasting marshmallows and using sparklers that we had bought a while back.  The boys then did a little fishing off the dock and Ian managed to catch a fish using a marshmallow piece!

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