Summer is here, and, even amid current events, there’s no reason to miss out on your favorite seasonal activities. Whether traditional pastimes or those that have been adjusted to meet social distancing guidelines, this summer may look different, but it doesn’t have to lose the essence of summer fun we all love.
Below are six classic and re-imagined summertime favorites to try (or keep enjoying!) this season.
1. Grill, Grill, Grill!
A summertime classic, fire up the grill! Cooking ballpark favorites or experimenting with a new recipe, meals around the grill are a summertime must.
Room for dessert? Warm up some s’mores over the coals as they cool after (or before!) dinner.
2. A New Way to Summer Camp
While physical locations might be closed or postponed, virtual summer camps are the place to beat the heat this summer.
A recent Parents magazine article has even identified 12 free virtual summer camps that your kiddos might consider exploring this season. Whether your child is interested in STEM, art, music or otherwise, there are plenty of virtual camp options available to keep them entertained and thriving over the summer.
3. Backyard Campground
Practice social distancing and bring your summer vacation a whole lot closer by camping under the stars of your neighborhood this season.
From ghost stories to stargazing and s’mores, your favorite campfire memories are all possible from the comfort (and safety!) of your own backyard. Plus, silver lining: no packing! Everything you might need is just steps away.
4. Old School Becomes New School
Serving as a substitute for traditional movie theaters, drive-in theaters are making a come back amid the COVID-19 crisis. Take advantage of an old school experience by enjoying a movie as a family under the stars. Better yet, bring your own snacks and blankets for a picnic-like viewing experience.
5. Get Involved
Have the whole family join virtual book clubs this summer. Practicing reading skills, expanding knowledge, keeping busy and staying in touch with family, friends and community, book clubs are a win-win this summer!
Can’t find a book club in your community that you want to join? Create your own! Have each member pick a favorite title or compile a list at random. Same goes for the kiddos! Create a reading list for the littlest members of your family with fellow parents, and, for fun, sprinkle in a couple of coloring books and/or flash card sets.
6. Throwback to the Classics
Bust out the sidewalk chalk and throw it back to classic sidewalk games! From hopscotch to four square and creating original masterpieces, the possibilities (and hours!) are endless for kiddos to explore their creativity.