We are right in the middle of the summer, and this is when the “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do” whines start flowing. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to change things up and have a little fun. There are plenty of opportunities to put down the technology and get out into the world. Fun can also be healthy as well as educational. Here are a few ideas that appeal to almost all ages.
- Pick your own…whatever. Is there a berry farm or peach orchard nearby? What about a flower garden? Grab some baskets, maybe some gloves, and get picking. It is amazing how much better “fresh from the garden” fruits and vegetables can be.
- Make s’mores! You don’t even need a campfire for this yummy treat. You can make your own little roasting area with a terracotta pot, some aluminum foil, and a charcoal brick. And like the great Hambino would tell you, “First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the mallow. When the mallow is flaming, you stick it on the chocolate, then cover with the other end. Then you scarf!”
- Host a camp IN. These events are way better than camp OUTS. No bugs, no hard ground, and no confusing tent instructions! Just grab some sleeping bags and throw them on the living room floor.
- Attend a carnival or local fair. These events pop up all over small towns and feature rides, food, games, and fun!
- Go to a matinee. With movies costing an arm and a leg, the matinee is a great way to save a little green and let the theater provide the AC instead of sweating it out at home.
- Make ice cream. Skip the frozen bowl in your ice cream mixer and make it the old-fashioned way. Get the rock salt and ice and use the old hand crank button. You might just burn off all the calories you are getting ready to enjoy.
- Use bikes as your transportation. Take a ride down to the convenience store for a cool drink or over to the snow cone stand. Pedaling can be fun for the entire family.
- Visit a local farmer’s market. The farmers and others who bring their fresh produce or homemade goods are interesting to talk to and generally offer samples to try.
- Make paper airplanes and see who can get theirs to fly the farthest. Experiment with different folding techniques and weights of paper.
- Have a garage sale. Kids can make a little money by selling some of the toys they no longer play with, and it helps get rid of some of the clutter you just didn’t think you could let go of.
Summertime should be an adventure and a time to laugh and have some family fun. It is a great time to instill some healthy habits and unplug from technology.