Looking for something fun to do as a family this summer—without breaking the piggy bank? Here are some great ideas for inexpensive, memory-making family adventures.


Park progressive dinner—Pack a three-course picnic and hop on board your bicycles for a progressive dinner, playground style. Head first to the closest park where you’ll serve the appetizer (veggie sticks). Explore a while, then get back on those bikes and ride to the next local park for your main entrée (sandwiches) followed by a third destination for fruit and cookies. Or, if you prefer, make your last stop at the local ice cream shop for dessert. Then bike back home to work off all those calories.


Treasure hunt—Send your family on a “photo hunt.” Print this list of common landmarks and then walk, bike or take a drive together to search for each item. Snap pictures as you go as proof of your success. If possible, split the family into two teams and make it a friendly competition. Whichever team finds the most items in one hour wins.


S’mores anytime—Who needs a fire pit? Whether you’re tailgating, camping, or just hanging out in the back yard, here’s a simple way to serve up authentic s’mores. Simply line a terra cotta pot with aluminum foil then fill with charcoal briquettes and light ‘em up. You’ll have a mini “fire” just right for roasting marshmallows!


Make your own ice cream social—Invite the neighbors over for a good old-fashioned ice cream party, with homemade ice cream! Here’s a simple recipe that’s as much fun to make as it is to eat.