Summertime Family Fun

Make this your best summer ever! Tap into these idea starters for family camping, reading, reunions, travel, and games. Have fun, and don't forget your camera.

Cool Drinks in the Hot Summertime


Coolers are simple concoctions of fresh fruits, so the ingredients must speak for themselves. Quality counts -- in this case the freshest, juiciest fruits -- to achieve the best flavors, the most intense colors, and optimum vitamins.


Vacation Care for Your Plants


When you go on vacation, no matter what time of year, what will become of your houseplants? If you plan to be away for more than a week, take the precautions described in our story.


Travel Activity Book

The kids who receive this colorful book of fun will beg to go on long car trips! Within its travel-themed covers is an assortment of favorite pastimes, including tic-tac-toe, checkers, coloring supplies, and a word game.

Family Camping Fun

Jump in the car, and get out there! Camping is a great way for families to escape from the everyday routine and spend quality time together. We've assembled some great projects and delicious recipes to try on your next outing. Just click the link to our story.

Pick a Place for Your Next Family Reunion

Picking the right place for your family reunion can be the secret to success. These serene national parks, historic American treasures, and thrilling amusement parks are just some of your options.

The Lure of the Open Road

RVing isn't just about travel on the wide open road. It's also about learning to live in cramped quarters. With some thought and planning, you can stock your home away from home -- and your imagination -- with activities that will make your staying-put time as enjoyable and memorable as your rolling-along time.

Engineering Togetherness

Grandparents often plan trips to amusement parks with their grandchildren, hoping to shape summer memories. Instead, Mike and Janet Elmore brought a theme park to their backyard, designing a railroad garden that would bring their family together more often than a yearly vacation.

How to Start a Parent-Child Book Club

Take a group of kids, add their parents or grandparents to the mix, season with a blend of child-oriented fiction and you have the recipe for a Better Homes and Gardens® Family Reading Club, a wonderful way for you and your children to experience the magic of reading together.

Reading Together Patterns

Bring a book to life by basing a craft on the story. We've created three fun projects inspired by children's books "The Jones Family Express," (shown here), "The Mitten," and "Stone Soup."

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