Ahhh the magic of summer. Warmer temps. School is out. Lots of burgers on the grill. And if your schedule allows, some outdoor summer adventure with your family. One of my favorite parts of the summer schedule with school being out is that the kids are often looking for something to do and more excited about the idea when you offer it up. I’ve got a bit of a Clark Griswold-like obsession with creating memories for my family, and look forward to being able to reminisce about those memories we shared together. I’ve got young kids myself so I’m in those prime memory making years where my kids actually still think (somewhat) I’m cool. But I know the clock is ticking there.

I encourage all the dads to be Uncommen and initiate some of these experiences for your kids this summer.

1. Hit the beach — There is something magical about a trip to the beach. Seeing your kids experience the sand and the waves for the first time is a sight to behold. There really is a little bit of everything at the beach for kids of all ages, and it might just be what your family needs. Things to expect: you may be hauling a crap-load of stuff out onto the beach, but you may just be creating memories your kids will never forget.

2. Take a Boat Ride — it seems like kids (and adults) love being on the water. It’s a great way to stay active, look for fish, go for a swim, and paddle together. Many larger lakes have places to rent pontoon boats or canoes for a reasonable cost. We did his last summer for our 4-year-old and he loved learning how to fish and still talks about it to this day. We plan to do it again this year.

3. Go Camping — I’ll be honest. I love to camp. And I love my family. But with young kids, this can be a tougher sell. But there is something about a campfire and being in a tent that my kids just love (even if we don’t sleep very well). To keep it simple: sometimes we will put a tent out in the backyard and sleep out there for a simple adventure. I can honestly say those times are when I have the best talks with my son.

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4. Water Balloon Fights — This is a great one, and best if taken by surprise. It’s a great after dinner idea, or even after your kids help with summer chores in the backyard when it’s hot outside. It’s important for your kids to see you being silly and fun, and play at their level from time to time. Better yet, use Bunch o Balloons or something similar so you don’t waste hours filling out balloons.

5. Take Me Out the Ball Game — Baseball and summer are tied together. I was never a great baseball player, but I have some great memories of my dad taking me out to the ballgame. There is something great about live sports viewed together. Sometimes minor league parks are even better as the tickets are less expensive, and you can often sit a lot closer to the action. If budget allows, maybe make a pilgrimage to a stadium that’s a little further away and make a road trip of it to extend your time together and explore a new city.

6. Take a Roller Coaster Ride — It doesn’t have to be Disney World (although it;s tough to beat Disney with young kids). If you live near any amusement park, the kids will never stop thanking you for this one. There is nothing better than experiencing the zooming, twisting and adrenaline rush of the roller coaster for the first time.   

UNCOMMEN CHALLENGE: Take initiative to plan a summer adventure (don’t leave it all to mom). Either choose one of the above or do one you come up with.  

Extra Credit: Post a picture of that activity with your kids and post it on social media w/ tag #uncommensummer. We might even feature you on our social media page.

Bible Verse: “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.” Proverbs 22:6

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