12 Fun Ways to Kick Off Summer

How to celebrate the first day of summer with some crazy fun activities for kids.  The longest day of the year is the first day of summer and a great excuse to make a creative memory with your kids.  Here are some great kid crafts and cool tutorials on how to enjoy the first day of summer together.

Start summer right with these 12 fun ways to kick off summer.

What Is The First Day Of Summer

Wondering when is the first day of summer?  This year the first day of summer is Sunday, June 21st! The first day of summer {or the summer solstice} is the longest day of the year.  It’s the point when the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at noon.  From this date on, the days start getting shorter.

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Summer Party Invite {free printable}

1.  Summer Party Invite {free printable} ~ Start the summer off with a bang!  Throw a popsicle or ice cream party with these free printable invitations.

Sun Mobile

2.  Sun Mobile ~  Stay busy on the first day of summer making a sun mobile art project.  You’ll keep your kids busy gluing, cutting and painting all the while having fun!

Summer Movie Night

3.  Summer Movie Night {summer party themes} I am so loving this vintage movie night in bright summer colors! What a fun and inexpensive way to gather friends and family and indulge in one of our favorite pastimes. Your very own drive-in in your backyard. Hang a white sheet with clothespins, lay some blankets out and don’t forget the popcorn.

4.  Ice Cream Sundae Piñata ~  I’m in love with this ice cream sundae piñata idea.  Not only is it totally original, the piñata only takes 30 minutes to make and it’s adorable.  How cool would it be to surprise everyone on the first day of summer with a frozen piñata with ice cream sundae fixings?

Schools Out for Summer Party

5.  Schools Out for Summer Party ~ How about starting the summer off with an ice cream party? With an abundance of toppings kids can make their own ice cream creation.

Summer Photo Booth Props {free printables}

6.  Summer Photo Booth Props {free printables} ~ Photo booths can be so much fun and a great way to entertain guests and let them unleash their hidden personalities.  Use these free summer themed photo props to entertain your guests.

DIY Ice Cream Cone T-shirt

7.  DIY Ice Cream Cone T-shirt ~ Transform a plain white t-shirt into the perfect summer shirt.  Use the free decal template to print on transfer paper and iron on to the t-shirt.

Summer Bucket List {free printables}

8.  Summer Bucket List {free printables} ~  Start your family summer bucket list.  Print out ready made ideas, or make up your own and get started making some fun memories!

Make Your Own Lemonade Stand {free printables}

9.  Make Your Own Lemonade Stand {free printables} ~ You could use this idea to host an impromptu Summer party, or put together an actual lemonade stand for the kids.  Tell me how anyone could resist driving by something this cute and not stop for a drink?!

DIY Slurpees

10.  DIY Slurpees ~  Cool off on the first day off summer with homemade slurpees!  Slurpees are a favorite treat during the hot Summer.  This recipe is a great money saving tip.  Making your own at home is simple and the kids will love it!

Homemade Chalk Spray

11.  Homemade Chalk Spray ~ Using a mixture of tempura paint, cornstarch, dishwashing liquid and hot water you can have fun with chalk in a spray bottle.

Sandcastle Chalk Drawing

12.  Sandcastle Chalk Drawing ~ You don’t need the sand to make a sandcastle.  Instead, draw one on the driveway.

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