I love coming up with easy ways to make a day more fun- especially during our DIY Summer Camp at home! And when my kids were younger, “Bring a Friend to Dinner Night” was a huge hit at our house!
This is such an easy thing to do to make your dinner hour a little festive! Announce to your kids that tonight it is “Bring a Friend to Dinner Night”, and that their job is to invite one of their favorite stuffed animals to join them at the table!
Once I announce it and send the kids scrambling to their rooms to find the perfect friend, I drag out extra chairs (often folding chairs) to create a spot for each child's stuffed animal.
Sometimes I will set a plate and a fork for each stuffed buddy and divide each child's meal between their own plate and their friend's. (This is on nights when I have a high tolerance for washing twice the number of dishes!)
And of course, a celebration such as this must culminate in a special dessert- so ice cream sundaes… all around!
Please check out my DIY Summer Camp page for lots of ideas on how to host your own kids summer camp at home!
Here are some more great summer ideas for you:
- Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
- Free Printable Summer Schedule
- 50 Fun Summer Activities, Crafts, and Field Trips (From Pre-K to Teens!)
- DIY Roller Coaster Ride
- Teach Your Kids How to Play Crazy 8's!