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5 Fun ways for the family to celebrate summer

Kristin Chessman is a freelance writer, editor and mom from Southern California with a passion for travel, fashion, Disney, the beach, Italian food and all-things celebrity. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinChessman.

Summertime family fun

School’s out and the temperature’s rising — it’s summertime. Get your family in the summertime spirit by planning a fun celebration. We have the hottest (and coolest) ideas for family fun to ring in the sunniest time of year.

Backyard BBQ

Nothing says summer like the smell of a backyard BBQ. Whether your family prefers cheeseburgers and hot dogs or barbecued chicken and corn on the cob, summer is the perfect excuse for savoring delicious flavors outdoors. Don't forget the side dishes — coleslaw and fruit salad are simple summertime favorites. Invest in a few mesh food covers to keep the flies away, too. For dessert, opt for a sundae bar or serve good old-fashioned apple pie. What are you waiting for? Fire up the grill and get your BBQ on!

S'mores under the stars

Welcome summer with a family camping adventure in the great outdoors or in the comfort of your very own backyard. Pitch a tent, set up your sleeping bags and get comfy. Set up a fire pit outside your tent for the family to gather around at night. A fire is the perfect setting for ghost stories, silly songs and the ultimate summer dessert: s'mores. For the ultimate finale, hold a family talent show before lights out.

Wet 'n' wild

When summer beckons, you have one simple solution to staying cool — get wet. To celebrate the end of the school year, embark on an excursion to your local water park for super-cool family fun. Or bring the water park to your backyard and get competitive. Break your family into two teams and keep score during water balloon tosses, water gun fights and water relays. Keep some cool treats on hand in your cooler, and give the winning team first pick.

Get sporty

Take advantage of the great weather and get the family together to get active. If you're not all fans of the same sport, take turns choosing what you'll try that day. Play faves like baseball and basketball, or escape to the bowling alley on rainy days. Even a round of putt-putt counts. All that matters is that you're together and moving.

Summer movie night

The coolest way to ring in summer with the family is to hold a summer movie night indoors. Set up movie-time favorites, like popcorn and ice cream bars, and get to work. Our favorite flick out this summer on DVD is The LEGO® Movie, a perfect choice to keep the whole family entertained.

This post was sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

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