These Nostalgic Outdoor Activities Will Keep Parents — and Kids — Entertained All Summer Long

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Growing up, summer meant three months of pure freedom. The hot days were spent cooling off at the water park, riding roller coasters at the amusement park, or standing in the crowd at the local parade.

This year, you can bring the best parts of summer into your backyard by tapping into experiences from your own childhood. Whether it's making camp-worthy friendship bracelets or setting up a Slip 'N Slide, keep reading to find all the nostalgic activities you can do at home to make this summer one for the books.

Next-Level S'mores
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Next-Level S'mores

Roasting a marshmallow to that perfect golden hue is a skill, to say the least. But summer after summer, the traditional combo can get a bit tired. Luckily, we have a few ideas to give this gooey staple a tasty upgrade. Swap out the graham cracker with your favorite cookie, layer peanut butter on top of the chocolate, or throw in some chocolate-hazelnut spread to add a hint of nuttiness. There are so many ways to switch up the three-ingredient base and make this childhood-favorite snack new again.

DIY Slip 'N Slide
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DIY Slip 'N Slide

Bring the water-park experience to your own backyard with this DIY Slip 'N Slide. Most local hardware stores will have all the supplies you need: lawn stakes, a plastic drop cloth, and some pool noodles. To create the slide, roll the noodles into the sides of the plastic, then stick the stakes through the noodle and into the grass. Once the setup is secure, turn on your water source and get sliding! Want to enjoy the Slip 'N Slide after dark? Place battery-powered tiki torches around the slide, and use Rayovac's long-lasting batteries for endless summer fun.

Outdoor Movie Theater
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Outdoor Movie Theater

There's nothing more nostalgic than a movie night under the stars. You can easily channel all the elements of a dreamy drive-in. First, get the seating ready. Grab as many pillows as you can from inside and place them over blankets. For the food, pick up concession-stand classics like boxed candy, ice-cold soda pop, and buttered popcorn in vintage buckets. If you don't have an outlet outside, try using a battery-powered projector instead. Rayovac's High Energy Alkaline Batteries are affordable, long-lasting, and will keep your projector running throughout any movie marathon.

Camp-Inspired Jewelry Making
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Camp-Inspired Jewelry Making

If you haven't noticed, colorful beaded jewelry is back, and popping up all over our social feeds. Tap into the fun of the camp crafting table by getting the whole family into friendship necklaces. Just lay out an assortment of eccentric beads — smiley faces, acrylic alphabet letters, pony beads, astrology signs — some string, and clasps. If necklaces aren't your thing, use the supplies to create a Y2K-inspired phone charm, a sunglasses strap, or even a chain for your face mask.