9 Special Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice with Kids

by Josée

Summer solstice is an exciting astronomical event that heralds the start of summer fun. The summer solstice is that one day of the year where we have the most hours of daylight. It’s also when the sun will rise to its highest point in the sky. These astronomical wonders happen because the Earth’s pole is at the point where it is the most titled towards the sun.

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When is the Summer Solstice?

Summer solstice happen two times each year. Once in the Northern Hemisphere and once in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice takes place on June 21st (sometimes on June 20th or June 22nd), and in the Southern Hemisphere, summer solstice takes place on December 21st (sometimes on December 22nd).

To figure out the exact time of the summer solstice happens, do a quick internet search. Type in: summer solstice time [+ current year]. Voila!

In 2019, the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on June 21st at 8:54 a.m. Pacific Time, or 5:54 a.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Even though Summer Solstice occurs at a single moment, we make it into a full day or even a full week of celebration. We embrace the light, remembering that from this day onward daylight starts to decreases with each and every day.

Celebrating Summer Solstice with your Children

Summer solstice has captivated people for millennia and celebrations have spanned ages and religions. Here is a fun list of ideas and traditions for celebrating the summer solstice with your child.

1. Chase the sun with your child.

Summer solstice is a time to celebrate light and show gratitude for our beautiful star, the sun. Here are some special ways to chase the sun with your child.

2. Make flower crowns together.

Flower crowns are a popular Midsummer tradition in Europe and Scandinavian countries. Spend some time making flower crowns with your child using whatever materials you have on hand.

3. Go on a summer solstice nature walk.

What better way to celebrate summer solstice than to go outside. If the summer solstice falls on a weekday, a big adventure might be out of the question, but a stroll around your neighborhood or local park is definitely doable.

While you are outside with your child find a nice sitting spot and use all your senses to notice how nature looks, sounds, smells, feels and tastes on the summer solstice.

Summer Nature Walk Journal Pages for Older Kids

For older kids, a summer nature walk is a wonderful opportunity for nature journaling. One thing I love about nature journals is that it really encourages kids and parents to slow down and observe nature closely.

These nature journal pages were inspired by my Nature Adventure Journal for Kids that comes in Fall, Winter and Spring versions.

4. Create sun inspired art.

Celebrate the sun and get messy with some child-friendly sun-inspired art.

5. Collect fresh Midsummer herbs.

Gathering fresh herbs is a Midsummer tradition that continues to this day. Together with your child go outside gather fresh herbs that are growing in your yard, nearby nature or farmers’ market. Remember to harvest herbs safely and sustainably, especially from wild places.

  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Fennel
  • Mint
  • Elderflower
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Things you can do with herbs:

6. Express gratitude together.

7. Read a picture book about the summer solstice.

8. Eat a seasonal summer feast.

Invite family and friends over for a solstice summer feast, or enjoy a simple picnic with your children at the park. Be inspired by all the wonderful seasonal produce that is making its way to farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Baby beets
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Greens (Kale, Spinach, Lettuce)
  • Herbs
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries

9. Gather around a bonfire with friends.

Huge bonfires are a hallmark of summer solstice celebrations! Back in the day people would jump over the fire for good luck. I wouldn’t recommend trying this… but I would definitely recommend toasting marshmellows over a fire.

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