Posted on January 20, 2022 in Be Inspired

kids camping in the backyard

Ah, summer. Hot, lazy days by the water, afternoon naps in the shade, backyard cricket with the family. There’s nothing like a Perth summer, with so many opportunities to make the most of the glorious weather.

The best thing? Many of these great summer activities can take place right in your own home. At GO Homes, we’ve put together a list of great home entertainment ideas to keep the kids busy. They’re all easy to do and can help keep boredom at bay. So GO for it!

Backyard camping

Kids love adventure, and what could be easier than pitching a tent in the backyard? Perfect for milder evenings, backyard camping allows you to stargaze and tell spooky stories by torchlight. Plus, there’s the comfort of having bathrooms, facilities, and real beds all just footsteps away if you need them. Just make sure you have plenty of insect repellent to keep the pesky mozzies away.

Movie night

Make movie night at home that little more special by setting up your own candy bar. Purchase some treats beforehand (such as popcorn, M&Ms, lollies and ice creams) and get the kids to ‘pay’ for their selection with tokens earned over the summer holidays for good behaviour. Then, sit back in your home theatre or living room to enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own home.

Water fun

Summer days and water fun were made for each other. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, invest in some pool noodles or inflatable pool toys for easy afternoon fun. If not, challenge the kids to a water gun or water balloon fight, set up a paddling pool, or even run through the sprinkler to cool down (a real Aussie classic).

Play games

When it’s too hot outside, enjoying classic games in the air con is the way to go. Monopoly, Cluedo, Connect Four, Twister, Uno, Bananagrams, even jigsaw puzzles – all are a great way to enjoy quality family time together.

Get creative in the kitchen

From baking cookies, to helping your kids make a whole meal from scratch, there are plenty of ways you can get creative in the kitchen over the summer holidays. There are also plenty of kid-safe utensils available for younger children.

Enjoy a picnic lunch

For a change of scene, put together a picnic lunch to enjoy in a shaded spot in your back garden. Things like veggies and dip, mini quiches, sandwiches, fruit kebabs and cheese and crackers make fun (and healthy) picnic foods. Don’t forget your picnic rug and hamper to make it feel extra authentic.

Host a BBQ

Hosting a summer BBQ is a great way to get your friends and family together. By taking care of the cooking outdoors, you can also keep your home nice and cool – so it’s a real win/win. Make sure to stock up on plenty of ice to keep the drinks cold.

Make popsicles

Healthy, delicious and oh-so easy to make, popsicles are the quintessential summer treat. Simply purchase a popsicle mould and a few essential ingredients, and get ready to enjoy a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day. Here are some great recipe ideas to get you inspired.

Plant a veggie garden

Put your green thumb to good use by planting a veggie garden with your kids. Choose fruit and veggie varieties that like the heat (such as corn, tomatoes, chillies and berry varieties) and go from there. Growing your own produce is a great way to not only teach kids about nature, but gets them excited to eat their veggies.

Build a mud kitchen

A mud kitchen is an outdoor kitchen that allows kids to use their imaginations and get messy. Better still, you can create your own mud kitchen from recycled materials for very low cost. Find out how to assemble an easy mud kitchen here.

Build an indoor fort

Put your activity room to good use by building an indoor fort with the kids. Simply take some cardboard boxes, blankets, cushions or even sheets to create a fun space that will keep the kids entertained for hours. These forts are also a great place to enjoy an afternoon nap, or to settle down for an hour with a good book.

Summer fun starts at home

As you can see, there are so many ways to stay entertained at home throughout the summer months (and beyond). At GO Homes, we’re proud to be a leading family home builder Perth, with home designs that help to make fun moments and priceless memories happen.

View our range of home designs to see the ultimate summer home design Perth. You can also visit our huge range of display homes in person to get a feel of what’s on offer. GO for it – and remember we’re always here to help if you need us. Happy summer entertaining!