Summer is almost here, which means warm days and cool nights, the end of the school year,  and that beach towns up and down the New Jersey coast will soon be flooded once again with the beach crowd. It is an exciting time to be sure, but it can be quite overwhelming. With loud and luminescent boardwalks, crowded beaches, and plenty of traffic to be getting along with, you may require some solace from the chaos. Rettinger Fireplace Systems, the leading wood and gas fireplace designer and supplier in Cape May County, NJ, has a few suggestions to get you out of the commotion and enjoying some quality family time around the crackling fire.

Roasting Marshmallows and Making S’mores

Ahh, the ol’ reliable s’more. Nothing says summer like gooey, golden-brown marshmallows and melting chocolate sandwiched between two crunchy graham crackers. Gather the kids around the fireplace with roasting sticks and have the crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate lined up on a table to replicate this campfire favorite in the comfort of your own home. For added fun: build a pillow fort with sofa cushions, sheets, and inflatable mattresses (if available) and bring the camping inside as well!

Story Time

Here’s a way to get back to basics and have a technology-free night of fun with the kids! Storytelling is one of the most universal and engaging social activities of all time, and it is a perfect way for your children to get to know their parents, learn narrative skills, and bolster their creativity. So go ahead and sit by the fire and break out that story about the time you tried to eat six Saltines in under a minute or make shadow puppets with your hands or turn off all the lights and tell a scary story in front of the flames. Who needs Candy Crush anyway?

Watching Movies

Turn of the lights, snag a few blankets, and get that fire roaring on a cool summer night before watching a great cinematic classic. Nothing sets the mood for a relaxing night in with the children like the shadows of flickering flame dancing on the walls while Dorothy walks down the yellow brick road. So, pop some popcorn, maybe take our first suggestion and roast some marshmallows, and heat some cocoa, before settling in and enjoying the film!

Family Game Night

Apples to Apples, Sorry, Uno, and Heads Up! are a few games that are family favorites for a reason! Fun, challenging, and frequently high-energy, family game nights by the fire are an American pastime that gets everyone active and engaged. A good time with family can be found in those colorful boxes or downloaded from the App Store!

We at Rettinger Fireplace Systems are dedicated to giving families the best quality wood and gas fireplaces in New Jersey, and providing a centerpiece for priceless family moments. We encourage everyone who wishes to bring something special to their homes and families to browse our website or give us a call today.