8 Ways to Spend a Day in the Yard As A Family

8 Ways to Spend a Day in the Yard As A Family

There’s nothing like having all summer to go out and explore the area surrounding your home. There’s so much to do whether you live in the city or right in the middle of the great outdoors.

Still, there are times when it’s nice to spend the day at home. But if you don’t want to waste the warm weather, you may feel limited by your home. So how can you spend your day in while taking advantage of the space in your yard?


You can never go wrong with gathering around for a delicious meal. Have yourself a Southern barbecue with all your favorite fixings. If you want to make it an event, invite your friends to bring their favorite barbecue-friendly dishes. Hanging out on the back porch eating good food and sharing good conversation is probably one of the best ways to spend any summer day.

Water Games

When it’s too hot to soak up the sun, cool off by playing in the water. It can be as easy as setting up the sprinkler for the kids to run through or putting together a tempting slip-n-slide that will have everyone happily laughing the afternoon away.

Family Sports

Do you and your kids love competitive sports? Miniaturize your favorite game to fit right in your yard. You can start getting creative, too, by using everyday items to serve as bases or goal posts. Play the girls against the boys or make up your own rules to keep things interesting.


The whole world of crafts is at your feet when you want to hang out under the shade tree along the back fence. Decorate fun signs to go on the kids’ doors or go with something more inquisitive by trying out any number of scientific experiments for kids at home using items around the house.


Who doesn’t love camping? Give your family all the joy of camping without packing way too much food and leaving your comfy bed. Set up a tent in the backyard and toast marshmallows over the firepit in the backyard (or over the stove, if you’re in a tight spot).

Family Theatre

Every family has their favorite stories, and when you can all practically quote them word for word, putting on a family play out on the lawn should have been something you already had on your list. You can assign parts out, hold mini play practices, and even indulge in costumes and makeup. Whether you perform for yourselves or your visiting grandparents, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable time.


If you’re planning to stay home anyway, now would be a great time to rethink your garden. Give it some good love with plenty of weeding and mulching. While you’re at it, you can redesign the landscape layout and break the project up into smaller pieces over the course of several more days spent at home.


When you still have too much to do to take the whole day off despite being at home, give yourself an hour or two in the late evening. You can take in the beautiful sunset as it leads you through twilight to a sky full of stars. Have everyone come out and stargaze with you. You can point out your favorite stars and constellations while telling the stories behind them.

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