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Nontraditional Summer Holidays to Celebrate With Kids

Nontraditional Summer Holidays Worth Celebrating With the Whole Family

From Memorial Day to the Fourth of July to Labor Day, summer holidays are synonymous with family fun. But why settle for just a handful of holidays when you can add in a few of your own? This summer, use the extra free time to test out some new, kid-friendly celebrations. Who knows — one of these whimsical ideas might just turn into a new family tradition!
If you can dream it, you can do it — that's the motto on Wildest Dreams Day. Inform your kids that you'll spend an entire day making one of their wishes come true. If your little one is obsessed with the circus, set up a mini carnival complete with a Cotton Candy Blizzard® Treat from DQ®, competitive games, and even a dunk tank. Or if you have a future zoologist in the family, set up a stuffed-animal scavenger hunt throughout the house for the at-home version of a safari.

Families who always tell ghost stories around the campfire will get a kick out of Midsummer Night's Scream. Instead of saving the spooky surprises for Halloween, indulge your love of all things scary in the middle of summer. Challenge the kids to throw together makeshift costumes using only things you have in the house, then set up a blanket fort and read ghost stories by flashlight. Rather than trick-or-treating for candy, take the whole family to your local DQ® restaurant for a REESE'S Extreme Blizzard® Treat. I scream, you scream, we all scream for soft serve!

Turn the last night of summer vacation into something to be celebrated, not dreaded. Approach School Year's Eve with the same hopeful enthusiasm you feel on New Year's Eve. Give kids small back-to-school presents to get them excited about the year, or create a big moment like a DIY balloon drop to set the festive mood. Don't forget something sweet! Your kids will be delighted by anything off the DQ® Summer Blizzard® Treat Menu, but the Brownie Batter Blizzard® Treat is an especially appropriate choice for its nostalgic summer flavor.

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