Summer Activities Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr

Congratulations parents, you did it! You successfully dropped off, packed lunches, helped with homework and guided your kiddos through another school year. Now the time has come to soak up summer days, encourage adventure, embrace the crazy and to laugh until your sides hurt – make memories.

To help fill all of this newfound free time and to avoid the dreaded “I’m bored”, we have compiled a list of simple, cost-effective activities to keep your kiddos active this summer.

1.) Paint slide
Paint Slide Photo credit: Josh Griffin from

This one is a blast for children (& parents) of all ages and the best part – it costs close to nothing to construct! Simply grab an old tarp out of the garage or ask a neighbor if they have one they would be willing to let you borrow. Then, pick up a few shades of inexpensive, washable/non-toxic paint from your nearest store and slide!

2.) Water balloon piñatas
Water Balloon Pinatas Photo credit: Peggy Wang from BuzzFeed

Triple-digit days are no match for this refreshing rendition of the piñata. When you can’t stand to be cooped up in the house any longer – put on your suit, fill up some water balloons, tie them to the nearest outdoor tree and grab a broom on your way out – it’s popping time!

3.) Shaving cream rain clouds
Shaving Cream Rain Clouds Photo credit: Debbie from

Leave the raincoat and the sunscreen inside – this activity involves make- believe rain and is safe for the indoors. All you will need is an eye dropper, water, a clear glass, shaving cream and food coloring. Not only is it a fun activity, but it can be used to teach your kiddos about precipitation and the water cycle.

4.) Glow in the dark bowling
Glow in the Dark Bowling Photo credit: Growingajeweledrose

When the summer sun gets to be too much, turn off the lights and create your own bowling league – made up of friends, family and neighbors. Some indoor DIY cosmic bowling is sure to keep you cool all summer long. All you need is six to 10 empty water bottles, different colored glow sticks and a ball (note: glow sticks can be placed in empty hamster balls to make the ball glow in the dark too). Ready, set, bowl!

5.) Water balloon batting practice
Water Balloon Batting Practice Photo credit: Maitland Quitmeyer from BuzzFeed

Get in some batting practice and stay cool this summer with some good ol’ water balloon batting practice. Whether you’re pitching or hitting – the whole family is bound to get some good laughs and to slide into the splash zone with this fun summer activity.

Looking for some more inexpensive, fun-filled activities to do with your kids this summer? Check out this free printable list from Chelsey at Mother’s Niche:

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Plan before you plant.

by Shea Homes Colorado on May 26, 2016


Is it a mere coincidence that plan precedes plant in the dictionary? We think not. As any master gardener will tell you, a thoughtful plan is as indispensable a tool as, say, your gardening spade. And, as any sun-starved gardener will tell you, the snowy/rainy days of early spring are the perfect time to strategize for the growing season to come. To help guide our Shea homeowners in all their upcoming gardening adventures—especially those who have recently moved into a new home that needs a few final landscaping touches—we’ve gathered the helpful links below.

BackCountry Model Front

Your first stop is actually very close to home at Shea Homes’ Pinterest Plan Before You Plant board.  Container gardening is a smart choice if your yard is small, or maybe you just need some color and texture for your porch or patio. Chances are good that you’ll find a terrific solution from these 121 Container Gardening Ideas or these suggestions that focus on heat- and drought-tolerant succulent container plants, complete with instructions on propagating from the mere pinch of a neighbor’s plant. (Talk about economical.) If you long to grow a bit of your own food, but don’t want to lose a chunk of your yard, try vegetable container gardening.  You’d be surprised how much yield you can get from small spaces. Wondering when it’s safe to plant those veggies? Keep this planting guide handy, and you’ll know not to plant your tender peppers and eggplant until June 1.

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Carino Villas Condos in Chandler… Coming Soon

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 20, 2016

Carino Villas
Next month, Shea Homes® will open Carino Villas, our very first condominium community in Arizona! Situated at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Rd in Chandler (250 W. Queen Creek Road, #145, Chandler, AZ 85248), this community is in close proximity to restaurants, shopping, fitness centers, and so much more. [read more…]


Grand Opening Announcement: Current in Costa Mesa!

by Shea Homes Southern California on May 19, 2016


Shea Homes® is excited to announce this Saturday, May 21st, will be the grand opening of Current in Costa Mesa, a vibrant new collection of modern, detached, two-story homes! The big debut will take place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, with delicious goodies, beverages and a DJ to help get the party started!

Current will be offering two different floorplans ranging from 1,804-2,023 square feet, with 3-4 beds, 2.5 baths, bright and sunny great rooms, extra long kitchen islands, upstairs laundry rooms, and covered back patios. These homes will also be close to South Coast Plaza, The Triangle, and Newport Beach!

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Date: 05/21/2016
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where: Current by Shea Homes
2107 Harper Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (view_map)
Phone: 866-696-7432

Current in Costa Mesa by Shea Homes is having their Grand Opening on May 21st! These amazing detached, two-story homes feature 3-4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, 2-car garages, and approx. 1,804-2,023 square feet of living space with tons of great options! There will be food, beverages, and a DJ!

You can get more information here.   To register for this event, click here.

Amenities Abound at Sage in Livermore

May 16, 2016

Sage homes are now selling in Livermore. Interested in the possibility of buying your next home at Sage, but hesitant because you want to see how the community will turn out? Well, you’re in luck! We have created these neighborhood renderings to give guests and homeowners a feel for this upcoming Livermore community! The clubhouse, pool area and fitness center […]

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Shea Homes Signs as Proud Partner with Arizona Cardinals for 2016-17 Season

May 13, 2016

Pictured: Darren Fells, Tight End, AZ Cardinals; Ken Peterson, VP Sales & Marketing, Shea Homes; Alex and Bri, AZ Cardinals Cheerleaders Have you heard the news? We recently announced that Shea Homes® Arizona has signed on for the 2016-17 season with the Arizona Cardinals. This will be the second consecutive season we are taking on […]

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Wine Lovers Delight in Livermore

May 12, 2016

Our new Sage community in Livermore features a variety of amenities within the community, as well as close proximity to Livermore’s historic wine country. While Wente Vineyards and Concannon are two of the most well-known wineries in the Livermore Valley, they are certainly not the only ones creating tasty vino in the area these days. In fact, Livermore is now […]

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Shea Homes Opens New Model Home in Meridiana

May 10, 2016
6000 series living area

  Shea Homes®  is celebrating the Grand Opening of a new furnished, model home in the new master-planned community of Meridiana. Shea Homes floor plans in Meridiana range from approximately 2,975 up to 4,697 square feet with three to six bedrooms and 3.5 to 5.5 baths. Base prices range from the $380,000s to $460,000s.

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What You Need To Know When Painting Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 10, 2016

  From paint types to color tips, here are things you should know before you start painting your home. Are you tired of staring at the same old walls? Looking for a fun pop of color to freshen things up in your living space? It just may be time to repaint a few rooms in […]

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3 Modern Twists on Mom’s Dishes

May 6, 2016

The quote. “Home is where your mom is” [click-to-tweet this saying!] goes without saying. Moms have an uncanny ability to identify how to make a house a home – from creating an eye-catching gallery wall, to planning the perfect space for family gatherings, or making clever home improvements so the house can maintain its “hominess” […]

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