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Embracing Summer: Fun-Filled Activities for Foster Families

As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, summer beckons us to step outside and make the most of its warmth and vitality. For foster families, this season presents a golden opportunity to create cherished memories, strengthen bonds, and embark on exciting adventures together. Whether you're new to fostering or a seasoned foster parent, there's a wealth of activities waiting to be explored. In this blog post, we'll delve into a variety of summer activities tailored specifically for foster families, ensuring that every moment is filled with joy, connection, and laughter.


Outdoor Adventures:

Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and bask in the beauty of nature. Take your foster family on a hiking adventure through scenic trails, have a picnic in the park complete with homemade sandwiches and refreshing lemonade, or spend a day at the beach building sandcastles and splashing in the waves. These outdoor excursions not only provide endless entertainment but also foster a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.


Creative Projects

Unleash your family's creativity with a variety of hands-on projects that inspire imagination and self-expression. Set up a backyard art studio and let your foster children paint, draw, or sculpt to their heart's content. Alternatively, embark on a DIY gardening project and watch as your garden blooms with colorful flowers and fresh vegetables. Engaging in creative activities not only nurtures artistic talents but also encourages teamwork and collaboration.


Family Game Nights

Gather around the table for a night of friendly competition and laughter with family game nights. From classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble to interactive group games like charades and Pictionary, there's no shortage of options to choose from. Rotate who gets to pick the game each week and enjoy the thrill of strategizing, problem-solving, and, most importantly, bonding as a family.


Volunteer Opportunities

Teach your foster children the importance of giving back to the community by participating in volunteer activities together. Whether it's helping out at a local food bank, volunteering at an animal shelter, or participating in a neighborhood clean-up initiative, these experiences instill valuable lessons about empathy, compassion, and civic responsibility. Plus, volunteering as a family strengthens your bond while making a positive impact on those in need.


Movie Nights Under the Stars

Transform your backyard into a cozy outdoor theater and host movie nights under the stars. Set up blankets, pillows, and a projector screen, then gather your foster family for a cinematic adventure complete with popcorn and homemade snacks. Let each family member take turns choosing their favorite movie, and enjoy the magic of storytelling under the open sky.


Summer is a time of boundless possibilities and endless opportunities for fostering joy, connection, and togetherness within your family. By embracing these summer activities tailored for foster families, you're not only creating unforgettable memories but also nurturing a sense of belonging, love, and support for every member of your family. So seize the day, soak up the sunshine, and let the adventures begin!


Let us know in the comments which summer activity you're most excited to try with your foster family!


The Foster Friendly Jacksonville App provides connections to free or discounted services for foster families that can be used for summer fun. https://americaskidsbelong.org/foster-friendly-jacksonville/

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