With summer vacations looking a little different this year, infusing new energy into playtime — and making it a family affair — can turn time at home into a fun “staycation.” Both kids and adults can quickly grow tired of the same scenery and activities, but new ways to engage together can help bring back excitement for making the most out of summer.
Help battle boredom and get the whole family involved with these fun and engaging activities from DQPlayAtHome.com. To celebrate the summer season, Dairy Queen has provided tips to help fans create some of summer’s most iconic experiences right in their own homes and backyards.
From a DIY backyard water park to a playful, treat-inspired coloring book and lighthearted challenges, there are a variety of downloadable games and activities to help fill your home with happiness:
Camp-in: Bring the great outdoors into your own living room with camping-themed playtime. Set up a tent, roll out the sleeping bags and get ready to tell silly stories around a make-believe bonfire.
Even forest animals can join in on the fun through a shadow puppet adventure. All you need are your own hands, a flashlight and a little imagination to create easy animal- and nature-themed characters on the wall.
Happy chats: When the answer to “did you have fun today?” is always the same, it can be hard to keep the conversation flowing. Entice little ones to speak up at the dinner table by taking turns drawing cards from the Happy Chats card set (pdf), which is filled with unique prompts, questions and interactive challenges.
Inspire their imagination by asking kids to dream up a new ice cream creation or describe a pretend mission through outer space. Invite friendly competition by seeing who can recite the alphabet backward the fastest. Encourage kids to learn about the past when they draw cards asking parents to share stories from their own childhoods.
Merge timeless entertainment like spoon relay races and obstacle courses to create a competition zone in the backyard. From a living room game of hot potato to hallway bowling, your home can become smile central.
Coloring: There’s a reason even adults have coloring books these days; it’s a chance to tap into your creativity and focus your attention on the simplicity of creating a work of art. Printable coloring books encourage fans to show off their art skills by coloring joyful scenes and iconic treats.
Sweet surprise: Make memories with an occasional shift in routine by surprising the family with dessert after they’re in their pajamas. Have one parent tackle bedtime and send the other to a local favorite like Dairy Queen for some drive-through treats. Sweet moments with family are some of the best ways to celebrate the season.
A Backyard Bonanza
Re-creating summer fun at home can be as simple as changing into swimsuits and turning on the sprinklers, but why not take your backyard waterpark to the next level. Here are some tips:
- Start by blowing up an inflatable pool.
- Use goggles for underwater fun and splashing safety.
- Add pool noodles and floaties for a realistic feel.
- Remember to apply sunscreen as recommended and wear hats for added protection.
- Include snacks and treats for an additional cool-down in the summer heat.
Visit DQPlayAtHome.com to find more inspiration for summer family fun.