It is hard to believe that summer is here. For those who are connected to schools (through your employment and/ or your children) it means that you will have extra time on your hands that will need to be filled. Here are some thoughts for wonderful ways to spend summer days:
- Head to the beach (but bring lots of water and wear sunscreen!)
- Relax by the pool (if you or your kids do not know how to swim, now is a good time to learn!)
- Escape the heat with a trip to an Ice skating or Roller skating rink. Great exercise without the misery of outdoor heat.
- Learn to water ski (see step 2 prior – make sure you can swim!)
- Take a hike. There are many gorgeous parks (both local and national) worth exploring. Spending time in the beauty of nature is so refreshing and rewarding.
- Become an amateur bird watcher – take your camera to record your finds.
- Plan a reading party! Have your kids invite their friends – make fun snacks, tuck them on the couch with lots of blankets and let them read for hours!
- Turn your yard into a water wonderland! What fun children have running through sprinklers on a hot afternoon! With no travel needed you can create hours of fun with water.
- Water balloon fight!
- Water seltzer fight!
- Hold a movie marathon – pick some corny classic like a day with the Muppets – how can you go wrong?
- Have your friends bring their instruments over for a jam session.
- Encourage your kids to write and produce their own play. Have their friends over for the performance.
- Read books that now have movie versions – promise your children that they get to see the movie when they have finished the book.
- Throw a Harry Potter party and have everyone dress as their favorite character.
- Host a murder mystery party.
- Give to your community – volunteer in a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Humane society shelter, or to help with little league.
- Start raising a guide (service) dog. Summer is a great time to break in a new animal.
- Write a novel.
- Make a photo album or scrapbook.
- Become a master chef – challenge yourself to try a new recipe 2-4 times a week.
- Knit, crochet, quilt, sew. Turn your old clothing into new blankets!
- Have a slumber party with old friends (even if you are 40, or 50!)
- Laugh so hard your stomach hurts and you cry.
- Take an enrichment course at a local college or university.
- Clean your home, purge items you no longer need.
- Decorate a room in your house.
- Learn martial arts.
- Join a choir.
- Sign up for piano lessons.
- Sleep, wake up, eat lunch, sleep again. repeat!
This summer I am challenging myself to continue to work on home projects (including purging items that we no longer need). Additionally, I want to catch up on photo albums (I am about three years behind), do genealogy research, and finally connect with a local orphanage I want to do volunteer work with in the future.
Today, 271 days ’til 40, I am thinking about my summer. I do not want to let it slip away without my noticing. I want to look back at the end and feel as though I have accomplished something in addition to relaxing. I hope you do the same.
How are you spending your summer???