Having one of those lazy summer days? Sometimes there's nothing more fun than packing up a picnic lunch and taking the kids to the park. It's one of our kids' favorite summer treats!
We make this into a memorable event by getting everyone involved. Each family member gets to select something to include in the picnic basket. Sometimes we'll take fried chicken, but on other occasions we've grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, or even pizza. We always make room in our basket for that old summer favorite: fresh watermelon. Look for one that's symmetrical with a yellow underside -- telling you it's ready to eat.
If your park doesn't have great hiking, biking, fishing, or canoeing facilities, plan some fun of your own. Create a scavenger hunt for the kids, run races, have a watermelon seed-spitting contest, or make daisy chains.
Best of all -- there's no fuss about clean-up. Just gather up those paper plates and cups and take them to the trash. Sometimes, especially for busy parents, that may be the most fun of all!