It happens every summer. The pool is fun for the first month, and the neighborhood games for the second, but soon enough your students say the dreaded phrase, “We’re booorrrred.” Have no fear. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 6 community activities, inspired by our new Rock’n Town Live theme, that will get your students off the couch and out experiencing your town.

1. Post-It pick-me-ups. Amplify others in your community by having your students write encouraging words or quotes on sticky notes and posting them in unexpected areas. You never know whose day you could brighten at the gas pump or cross walk.

water bottle sprinkler

2. Soda bottle sprinkler. Grab an old soda bottle, bathing suit, tape and a water hose. All you have to do is poke holes in the bottle, and attach the hose with tape. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Not to mention it will save you from watering your lawn.

3. Those boots were made for walkin’. Next family outing try walking to your destination, or if you live far, drive to a closer area, park, then walk the rest of the way. To make the walk even more fun, make a list of sounds to listen for and see who can check off the most. Here are a couple to get you started: car horn, animal noises, construction.

4.Working at the “bike” wash, yeah! Instead of waiting for the rain to wash away all that summer muck, have your student invite their friends over for a bike wash. Set up different stations for washing, rinsing, and drying. It’s a great way to stay cool and encourage your students to care for their belongings.

5. Meet 100 neighbors in one night. Next time your home team is playing, head over to a local restaurant to watch the game— you’ll be surprised about how fast celebrating or grumbling over the results can turn strangers into neighbors. Don’t forget to give someone a high-five every time your team scores! Looking for a game? Watch Team USA in the FIFA World Cup this summer. Check out their schedule.

movie on the lawn

6. Find your community charm. Every community has an event that is fun for the whole family— whether it’s a road race, screen on the green, arts festival, or Fourth of July fireworks.  Make it a family goal to attend at least one this summer.

Think your community isn’t cool? You might be surprised by all the fun things going on! Keep up with your local newspaper and website for upcoming activities, and encourage your friends to join in on the fun. Let’s celebrate our communities and make this the best summer yet!

-Cecily