Summer Goals: Your Checklist To Family Togetherness in Indy


Feeling the boredom of summer already? Never fear – we’ve got your checklist of family togetherness ready to go! #SummerGoals


  • Day of planting – plan, purchase, pick out, and plant something new! Get your hands in the dirt and give back to the planet.
  • Swim day – find a new pool, waterpark or splash pad to try.
  • Animal outing – Let your monkey out of its cage and take a visit to The Indianapolis Zoo or a road trip to a family farm.
  • Beach day – Grab your shovels and sunscreen and head to the beach.
  • Volunteer – Find a volunteer opportunity in your town and donate items or your time to a good cause to help the local community.
  • Media free weekend – that’s right, none! Can you do it?
  • Museum day – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Eiteljorg, and The Indianapolis Museum of Art; put all three on your calendar and reserve time to go as a family! Make it a priority to make a whole day out of each.
  • Outdoor movies at the park – Many of our city parks host family-friendly movie night; check out the upcoming shows at Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation.
  • Have a water balloon fight!
  • Sleepover – Invite a friend or have a family sleepover, complete with movies, table topics and more.
  • Board game day – Make a day of nothing but games! Inside or outside, there are some lawn games that will have your kids entertained for hours. Did I mention Pie Face? Your kids will love it.
  • Theater – Introduce your children to one of your favorite plays or musicals; The Center for the Performing Arts or Beef and Boards have great options for the whole family.
  • Campout – Even if it’s in the backyard, there is something special about summer nights, tents, and a campfire. Share the joy of making s’mores and sleeping under the stars.
  • Hit the fair – Treat your children to a petting zoo, kiddy-rides and their favorite fair food at the Indiana State Fair.
  • Clean out the garage – Everyone helps! Go through all the areas of the garage and organize, then donate the rest.
  • Pack a picnic and head for a new park.
  • Family kitchen day – Grab your aprons and try out a new recipe: plan, shop, make, and most importantly, eat together!
  • Paparazzi – Head out to some of your favorite places in the city; arm the little ones with their own camera, and get a new perspective on how they see the world.
  • Letters – Write to some of your far-away family members – create pictures, and handwritten letters telling them about your summer adventures.

How many of these summer goals have you completed?

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Mom | wife | pug-lover extraordinaire. This type-A personality wife and mother of two girly princesses Ellie (5) and Emerson (3) and pug-mom to Coal-B-Jak, is living the dream (or sometimes just staying afloat), in Carmel, Indiana. A communication professional with over 15 years working for the world’s largest education company, Jamie manages over 25 social media channels for their technology learning brands. An avid interior design enthusiast and reader, Ms. Shoup spends most of her time corralling the troops on the home-front and finding new ways to create, organize and inspire her girls to experience all life has to offer. She reminds everyone to dance like no one is watching – because they’re not, they are looking at their phones. So get on the dance floor! Keep up with her on Twitter @JamieShoup76.