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Activities & Stories to Celebrate the Summer Solstice as a Family

Ahh...the summer solstice! Take advantage of the longest day of the year and make plans to celebrate this astronomical event with your family!

There are lots of ways to welcome and celebrate the summer solstice - but the best way is with your family and friends! Keep reading to some sun and fun-filled ideas that will have everyone looking forward to June 20th: 

  1. Plan A Special Sunrise or Sunset Trip! 

Have a local view you and your family love to hike? Make plans to head there early to see the sunrise or enjoy dusk and sunset at that special spot! 

  1. Build a Bonfire 

Enjoy the warmer evenings with family and friends by building a bonfire together! S’mores, sing-a-longs, storytelling and more - bonfires are a simple and fun way to spend summer evenings as a family! 

Don’t forget - fire safety is very important. Take this opportunity to teach the little ones around you about the importance of fire safety and show them how they can keep themselves safe while having fun. 

  1. Add Festive Story Books into the Bedtime Routine 

Reading together is important for building early literacy skills - and it’s easy to find festive, fun books about summer to read to your little ones! Win-win!

If you don’t have our book suggestions already in your at-home library, don’t forget to check out your local library to find even more possibilities! 

  • The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer

  • The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson

  • Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun by Deb Vanasse

  • Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Hakala 

However you and your family choose to celebrate the official start of summer, we hope you have a safe, fun-filled time with loved ones!

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