More than Fun in the Sun:
Creating a Family Culture
Summertime offers an excellent opportunity for families to connect. Meaningful and memorable family activities are not just clever ways to entertain your children — they are opportunities to create a positive, collaborative, and joyful family culture.
Set aside time for a family brainstorming session, and make a list of possible summer activities. You can use the ideas from this packet as a starting point, or you can look to friends or online resources. For some families, simple plans work best; for other families, big adventures build memories. Be creative and try new things, but be realistic considering what works for your family.
Family Fun “Pro Tips”
- Plan Ahead: Sometimes looking forward to an event is as exciting as actually doing it.
- Friending: Spending time with peers is important for children, but family outings are not always ideal for bringing friends along. Consider these dynamics carefully as you plan.
- New Normal: Break out of familiar ruts by trying something new each week. Try a new restaurant, park, library, podcast, activity, or even grocery store. Explore KC with fresh eyes.
- Memberships: Try rotating memberships (Zoo, Science City, etc.) annually. Taking a year “off” of a family favorite will make “on” years more enjoyable (and easier on your budget!).
Print the Summer Family Activity Packet for easy reference later.