Every moment together counts for the family, no matter if you’re on vacation or right in your own yard.  Staying at home during summer break isn’t such a bad thing, in fact with a bit of planning you can create plenty of adventures right at home.  A new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of TruGreen finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans (156 million) report that some of their favorite memories have occurred right in their own yards. My kids love outdoor activities and they have so much energy, they always kicking up dirt!  In California, most days in the summer season can be really hot outside.  Last summer on a couple of occasions I’d take my kids to the park and with the hot sun beaming down we couldn’t even make it 20 minutes before heading home. The kids became exhausted from the heat so quickly, and I was right there with them.  Since then, my husband and I committed to improving our lawn so kids can still enjoy staying at home while experiencing outdoor activities in our front yard and back yard.  They can pop inside for a drink of water anytime and cool off.  We set up a few shady areas for them too, though looking at them now I think we need to expand those areas a bit.

 

One thing that’s made playtime in the yard a big success is keeping our lawn healthy.  Our prior home’s lawn had rough spots with weeds and dirt, our kids didn’t want to play there as a trip or tumble would hurt and lead to cuts and bruises.  It wasn’t an alluring place for them (or for anyone else) and it resulted in more time inside.  Since moving I vowed to stay on top of proper maintenance, cutting, watering and fertilizing.  That sounded like a lot of work to me but it’s actually been simple by breaking it up into easy chunks each week.  Now I see my kids running out to kick the ball around, play tag or invent their own little games.  I don’t have to push them to go outside which I love, they’re just attracted to the grassy lawn and it’s become their home base for playtime. TruGreen believes more life should be lived outside and is committed to providing a beautiful lawn to serve as the foundation for outside experiences and lifelong memories.

 

Here’s A List of Fun Things to Do In your Backyard This Summer: 

 

  1. Gardening – Ask the kids to get involved in making your yard and garden nice so they can feel a sense of responsibility. Our kids were so excited to help maintain our plants and break up the different duties of planting, watering, pruning and more.  We have competitions on who can pull the most weeds, which to my chagrin was something they really enjoyed too.

TruGreen Creating Memories Things To Do In Backyard This Summer

 

TruGreen Creating Memories Things To Do In Backyard This Summer

  1. Camping – My husband set up our tent in the backyard one day just to make sure we weren’t missing any poles, and the kids came running over to check it out.  They broke out the rest of the gear and made a backyard camping trip out of it.  Heading up to the mountains or lake is of course a bigger adventure, but popping the tent in the backyard is a quick and fun Friday night.  We now leverage that as a reward for the kids after doing well in school that week.

 

  1. Picnic – similar to camping, most people think of picnics being somewhere other than at home, but we’ve had some very fun impromptu picnics in the back yard with the kids.  Pretty much all you need is a basket and a blanket and you’re on your way.   My whole family likes baguettes, there’s just something about having a baguette at a picnic that makes it feel complete for me!

TruGreen Creating Memories Things To Do In Backyard This Summer

 

TruGreen Creating Memories Things To Do In Backyard This Summer

  1. Hosting a party – Even if the kids’ birthdays don’t fall in the summer months don’t miss the opportunity to host a party for them.  Plan out some simple games like relay races, bean bag toss (or as adults refer to it, cornhole), or invent your own games.  We tried one where every kid had a balloon tied to their ankle, and the objective was to stomp out the other kids’ balloons and have the last one remaining.  That was a hit!

TruGreen Creating Memories Things To Do In Backyard This Summer

 

  1. Grab an inflatable pool or hard plastic one – I thought my kids would get bored quickly in a little three-foot pool, boy was I wrong!

 

  1. BBQ – introduce your kids to the wonderful tastes of barbecued food.  We are venturing out from the standard hamburgers and hot dogs, and have grilled up tons of veggies, seafood, tofu and more.  They’re not old enough to man the grill, but sure do like the food and the enjoyment of eating outdoors.

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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22 comments

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 26, 2017 - 11:24 am

We’ve been kicking around the idea of TrueGreen. Our yard is okay, but it could definitely be better.

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Bill Sweeney May 26, 2017 - 11:30 am

We have a little garden in our back yard, and we love to work it. The entire family gets in on the act.

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lori May 26, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Sometimes I miss having a large backyard like I did when I was growing up. My dad use to have a garden every year and we were always his little helpers when it came to planting and picking.

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Jeni May 26, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Backyard camping is the best whether you have kids or not. Such a great way to shake things up from the every day routine. Summer’s the perfect time for it, except for the bugs.

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Marcie W. May 26, 2017 - 3:56 pm

So many awesome activity suggestions! Our backyard is rather small, but we still enjoy sitting on the patio and watching the stars on a warm summer night.

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Kelly (@KickingWKelly) May 26, 2017 - 5:21 pm

One of the kids favorite things to do in the summer is set up a tent in the back yard. So much fun!

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fashionbeyondforty May 26, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Thank you for the great ideas ! We love spending time outdoors in our yard. One of our favorite outdoor family activities is ladder ball.

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Claudia Krusch May 26, 2017 - 5:57 pm

We are lucky to have a big back yard. This year we are getting a small above ground pool. My Son is going to be so surprised.

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Dogvills May 26, 2017 - 8:08 pm

There are so many fun things you can do when you have a big backyard. I love all these ideas. The twins would be thrilled to sleep in a tent, for sure.

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Victoria Heckstall May 26, 2017 - 10:45 pm

It such a great activities! I like your ideas. Such a lot of fun to do.

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Carol Cassara May 28, 2017 - 3:17 am

One of the best ways to enjoy the summer is to spend time outdoors. These are all lovely suggestions that you can do with the kids.

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Amanda Love May 28, 2017 - 3:21 am

Summer time always meant family time for me and the kids. We would always spend 2 weeks on vacation but we also love spending time in the backyard. These are all awesome!

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Lynndee May 28, 2017 - 7:35 am

Gardening and grilling – those are the things that we enjoy the most in the summertime. I would love to have a pool though to dive in when it’s scorching hot. 🙂

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themommyfiles03 May 28, 2017 - 10:30 am

I’ve heard so many great things about TruGreen. We live on a golf course, but also have our own backyard with grass. I’ll have to look into this product as we’ll be spending a lot of time in our backyard this summer!

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Shannon Gurnee May 28, 2017 - 10:31 am

I’ve heard so many great things about TruGreen. We live on a golf course, but also have our own backyard with grass. I’ll have to look into this product as we’ll be spending a lot of time in our backyard this summer!

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Shannon Gurnee May 28, 2017 - 10:32 am

I’ve heard so many great things about TruGreen. We live on a golf course, but also have our own backyard with grass. I’ll have to look into this product as we’ll be spending a lot of time in our backyard this summer! Thanks for sharing.

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uprunforlife May 28, 2017 - 12:35 pm

I have a ton of great memories growing up and quite a few of them were in our backyard. We loved playing in the swimming pool, camping out, playing soccer, and more. My dad always kept the yard and loved making sure it was healthy. Healthy grass is super soft.

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Chubskulit Rose May 29, 2017 - 9:41 am

We are trying to have our fence up this summer so that we can enjoy a family fun time in the backyard without the neighbors eyes. Trugree operates here too so I might use the deal they offer.

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Michelle Waller May 30, 2017 - 5:27 am

Your yard is so green and luscious. I love it. We always use TruGreen because they do the best work,

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Jennifer G May 30, 2017 - 7:35 am

Wow! look at that grass! It’s SO green. I haven’t tried trugreen before but I think it might be time that I do!

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Shirley Eliza Martinez May 30, 2017 - 8:03 am

They are so cute! I wish we had a backyard to do these type of things

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Grandma Gloria Jun 6, 2017 - 11:55 am

I’ll be babysitting for one of my grandchildren this summer and wondering what fun things to come up with. Your ideas are wonderful and I really appreciate that you posted them. Have a great summer.

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