With the warm months upon us, we asked some of our favorite celebrity moms to share their childhood summertime memories.
From Tori Spelling‘s family vacations in Las Vegas, to Jewel‘s horse riding adventures in Alaska, to Denise Richards‘ family fun with their furry friends, read through our list of unforgettable family memories.
Soulful singer Jewel welcomed her first child, son Kase, in July 2011 with rodeo star hubby Ty Murray. The new mom opened up about her carefree childhood summertime memories in the great outdoors up in Alaska.
“They’re all outdoors,” she said. “I grew up in Alaska and the outdoors are so beautiful. I don’t think I spent any time inside except to sleep. My memories were horse riding and getting outside.”
Actress-author Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are parents to three children – son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 8 months – with baby No. 4 on the way this September. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star opened up about her childhood summer vacations with her family, including her late father, acclaimed TV producer Aaron Spelling, mother Candy Spelling and brother Randy.
“Everyone always asks me if I flew all over the world as a child,” Tori said. “But the truth is, my dad was afraid to fly. So we drove to Vegas for a month every summer! And this was before Vegas was kid-friendly. I really have to hand it to my mom for always finding fun things for us to do in Vegas.”
Actress Sarah Wayne Callies, spokesperson for the International Rescue Committee‘s Wake Up Campaign, is mom to 5-year-old daughter Keala. The Walking Dead star opened up about her idyllic childhood growing up in Hawaii.
“I lived in Hawaii, so it would have to be the beach,” she said. “We had a fun tradition where we would try to watch the sun rise over the water and then drive to the other side of the island and watch the sun set. My hair was constantly a mess of salt, seaweed, and sand. Gosh, I loved summers and lived for them as a kid. My parents were professors at a university, so they had summers off too. We were constantly outside; I think we went inside just to sleep and to raid the fridge for food to take outside. We would do a lot of kayaking and other fun summer activities. I have a lot of memories of kayaking with my dad and seeing sea turtles all around. Just incredible.”
Actress and Jenny Brand Ambassador Nicole Sullivan is mom to sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 2 1/2 with husband, fellow actor Jason Packham. The MADtv alum opened up about her childhood memories of camping in the summertime.
“Some of my favorite memories growing up are camping with my family and our dog,” Nicole said. “And I still love it! “
Former boxer Laila Ali and her husband, football star Curtis Conway, are parents to son C.J., nearly 4, and daughter Sydney, 13 months. The Dancing with the Stars alum said that growing up in a divorced and blended family with boxing legend father, Muhammed Ali, provided endless hours of fun in the sun with her stepsisters.
“As a child, we didn’t go on summer vacations,” Laila shared. “I just remember that my stepsisters would come over and everyone would be there. It was great to have everyone come to the house to go swimming together and pile up in the car together. It was a lot of fun…summers were always family time.”
Shannon Miller is one of the greatest gymnasts in U.S. history, holding 7 Olympic and 9 World Championship medals. Now mom to 2-year-old son Rocco, the 35-year-old athlete and cancer survivor opened up about her childhood summertime memories in Oklahoma.
“[Laugh] Well, lot’s of driving,” she said. “Basically we would go anywhere within ten hours of where we lived in Oklahoma. One of my favorites was skiing in Colorado. I peaked with the snow plow at age five but maybe one day I’ll actually learn how to ski.”
Single mom to three daughters – Sam, 8,Lola, 7, and Eloise, 10 months – actress Denise Richards opened up about her summertime memories growing up in Illinois. The Undercover Brother star has been open about her close family, and the heartbreak of losing her mother Joni to kidney cancer.
“Some of my favorite childhood memories are from growing up in Illinois,” she said. “I will never forget the family vacations where I spent with my loved ones, and of course, my pets!”