One of the best things about summer is there is an opportunity to make new memories with your family around every corner. Being in the military, family time is especially important when your job can take up a significant amount of your time. And when it comes to fun things to do, kids aren’t concerned with how much money you spent; quality time spent with them is what they really appreciate.
Whether you’re looking to meet your new neighbors after a recent PCS move, have just joined a Lincoln Military community, or simply want to branch out more, we offer many free monthly community events for our residents. Information can be found in the event portal.
There are also countless things to do with the whole family outside of our community events. With a little creativity, you can make your family’s summer full of fun and exciting activities without breaking the bank!
Set Up Camp in the Backyard
One of the classic outdoor activities for the summer is camping! However, with kids, you may not have the time or the resources to really “rough it”. Why not set up a campsite right in your backyard? Grab some flashlights and look for ladybugs and crickets, cook hot dogs and s’mores over the grill, or find constellations in the stars. When you’re ready for some shut-eye, get cozy with your favorite blankets and tell stories to each other in your tent, knowing the comfort of your own home is just steps away.
Stock Up on Crafting Materials
The summertime heat can leave us feeling wary to step foot outside. Instead of overheating, stay inside where the air conditioning can keep you comfortable! Make a whole day out of staying in by setting up a craft day. As a family, choose some fun crafts to make together. Or, make a crafting competition! Find a craft and see who can replicate it the best. Winner gets to choose what movie and summertime dessert (we suggest s’mores, popsicles, or apple pie and ice cream) to enjoy that night. At the end of the day, you’ve done some great family bonding and have some memorabilia to remember the summer by. Put the finished results on display to make your military housing feel even more like home.
Make a Splash at the Pool
Or the beach, or the lake, or even just running through the sprinklers… Everyone knows it just isn’t summer without some fun in the water! Whether your kids are just learning how to swim or they’re practicing to be champion sand castle builders, summer and water activities go together like hamburgers and hot dogs. No matter where you live, there is a good chance you live close to some sort of body of water. Bury each other in the sand at the beach, learn to water ski at a lake, dig up crawdads in the nearest creek, or go old school with sprinklers and a garden hose in your backyard!
You and the family can enjoy a water day without having to leave your home, too! Our Lincoln Military communities include amenities such as pools, playgrounds, dog parks, and more. Check your district office for a full list of amenities in your community!
Get Away with a Mini Staycation
Sometimes, people forget what their own city has to offer. Planning a little staycation is a great way to see what kind of fun things there are to do in your town with the family. Play tourist for a weekend and book a hotel room - many offer discounts to military families - where they offer amenities like a pool or continental breakfast. Do a little research on some things to keep you and your family busy for the weekend. Try some restaurants you’ve never been to or check out the zoo or some museums. Most cities are full of businesses that offer military discounts, so call ahead of time or check their websites to see if you can save a few bucks. An added bonus to having a family staycation? Every time you pass by the hotel you stayed in or the park you went to, your family can reminisce about all the fun memories you had there.
Plan a Picnic in the Park
It takes very little effort and even less money to plan a picnic in the park. After all, what do kids love more than snacks, a playground, and getting dirty? Before heading to the park, be sure to pack all the necessities: your family’s favorite finger food, some water or juice, a tube of sunscreen, and a cozy blanket, of course! The great thing about picnics is you already have all the essentials right at home. Some other things to consider bringing might be bug spray to keep flies and ants at bay, bubbles for the kids to blow and chase around, kites if the weather is just right, a football or Frisbee to toss around, or maybe even your favorite playlist so you can have a mini dance party barefoot in the grass!
Give Back to Your Community
Not only is volunteering a fun, affordable activity to do this summer, but it also helps those around you! At Lincoln Military Housing, we are passionate about giving back to our community and have a number of fun events for all of our families. To learn more about events coming to your neighborhood, check out our many Family Programs & Events.
As the summer wraps up and school is around the corner, make the most of the remaining free time you have spend with the whole family. These fun, exciting, and affordable military family summer activities are simple but effective ways to soak up the sun and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones!