10 Ideas for Summer Family Fun at Home

What to eat and do this summer vacation without leaving the house or breaking the bank

Have fun this summer!

Memorial Day marked the unofficial beginning of summer, the season that is filled with barbecues, beach getaways, poolside relaxation, and sunshine. It's also the season where schoolchildren get about 10 weeks off from school and have tons of free time. So with the conclusion of Memorial Day, the countdown to summer vacation begins.

Check out our ideas for family fun at home! 

Sure, traveling to faraway beach destinations and going to amusement parks is a wonderful way to spend the next few months, but spending so little time at home can be costly and difficult, especially for families who are pinching pennies. However, family fun can be affordable and still be fun — with a little creativity, you can find the perfect family vacation right in your own backyard.

For those who are already feeling stressed thinking of new ways to keep the whole gang entertained for the next few months, worried that this summer is going to be just the same as the last, or are starting to hear the constant "I’m bored" complaints, we present this list of family activities to shake things up a bit — The Daily Meal’s Guide to Summer Family Fun at Home.

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This article was originally published on June 6, 2011.