271 Days ’til 40: Summer Activity Ideas

26 May

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:

  1. Head to the beach (but bring lots of water and wear sunscreen!)
  2. Relax by the pool (if you or your kids do not know how to swim, now is a good time to learn!)
  3. Escape the heat with a trip to an Ice skating or Roller skating rink.  Great exercise without the misery of outdoor heat.
  4. Learn to water ski (see step 2 prior – make sure you can swim!)
  5. 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.
  6. Become an amateur bird watcher – take your camera to record your finds.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Water balloon fight!
  10. Water seltzer fight!
  11. Hold a movie marathon – pick some corny classic like a day with the Muppets – how can you go wrong?
  12. Have your friends bring their instruments over for a jam session.
  13. Encourage your kids to write and produce their own play.  Have their friends over for the performance.
  14. Read books that now have movie versions – promise your children that they get to see the movie when they have finished the book.
  15. Throw a Harry Potter party and have everyone dress as their favorite character.
  16. Host a murder mystery party.
  17. Give to your community – volunteer in a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Humane society shelter, or to help with little league.
  18. Start raising a guide (service) dog.  Summer is a great time to break in a new animal.
  19. Write a novel.
  20. Make a photo album or scrapbook.
  21. Journal.
  22. Become a master chef – challenge yourself to try a new recipe 2-4 times a week.
  23. Knit, crochet, quilt, sew.  Turn your old clothing into new blankets!
  24. Have a slumber party with old friends (even if you are 40, or 50!)
  25. Laugh so hard your stomach hurts and you cry.
  26. Take an enrichment course at a local college or university.
  27. Clean your home, purge items you no longer need.
  28. Decorate a room in your house.
  29. Learn martial arts.
  30. Join a choir.
  31. Sign up for piano lessons.
  32. 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???




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30 responses to “271 Days ’til 40: Summer Activity Ideas

  1. boomiebol

    May 26, 2012 at 00:05

    I hope I can travel…and learn to ride the bicycle (covering my face in shame)

    • 400daystil40

      May 26, 2012 at 17:51

      We are trying to get our oldest daughter to learn how to ride a bike too! It is a good life skill!

  2. kevinfortruth

    May 26, 2012 at 00:11

    What a wonderful list of things to choose from – or one could start at the top and spend the entire summer doing each item on the list. Good Luck reaching day 400.

  3. Mr. Miller

    May 26, 2012 at 00:52

    Nice list. Really. A lot of those things we just sort of forget about when we ask ourselves ‘What shall we do today?’

  4. Lani Longshore

    May 26, 2012 at 01:33

    I like to go to at least one place in the area as if I were a tourist. You know what I mean, the kind of place you only think about when you have out-of-town relatives visiting. It took me twenty years to finally get to the Berkeley pier!

  5. writerwannabe763

    May 26, 2012 at 03:54

    First I want to congratulate you on making such a great list…our summer I’m making more effort to go to the lake and beach more and enjoy the summer days….then we’ll also have our son’s cottage he just bought an hour away..and when he’s not using it during the week we’re going to go up there an enjoy the cottage life…Diane

    • 400daystil40

      May 26, 2012 at 17:55

      Thank you! One thing I have found is that if I do not make the effort, the summer slips away without my noticing and then it is too late. Enjoy the cottage life! 🙂

  6. irishsignora

    May 26, 2012 at 04:27

    I like #6. Our daughters recently received a children’s birding guide, and we live so close to a swamp that we get an incredible variety of species in our back yard. Sounds like a great excuse for big sheets of paper taped to the fence to record our discoveries 😉 Thanks!

  7. silverbells2012

    May 26, 2012 at 09:06

    This summer, I hope to catch up with some friends who live further afield who I haven’t seen for a while. And do some decorating – fingers crossed the weather will be good enough to keep the windows open!
    We do a lot of sleepovers with friends and they are great fun 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 26, 2012 at 17:53

      Such great plans! Yes, this summer I am excited that I am getting to see friends I have not seen in years. 🙂

  8. Vikki (The View Outside)

    May 26, 2012 at 09:52

    Love some of your ideas, but hey, I don’t need the kids to turn my yard into a water wonderland 😉


  9. Spider42

    May 26, 2012 at 10:11

    Nice list, will have to mark this page and return for a proper go-through when I’m not at work.

    Already kicked off this summer by attending a very low-key but awesome music festival in the peaceful and beautiful hills but there’s lots more to do. Even planning on taking up Japanese in the next month. That’s just the plan for now, more weekend trips and small activities are likely to be the key to actually doing stuff for me.

    Sounds like you have a lot planned for yourself as well, hope you do some relaxing and fun stuff along with being good and productive and all that! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      May 26, 2012 at 17:53

      Yes, music festivals are wonderful ways to spend the summer. 🙂

  10. The Quiet Borderline

    May 26, 2012 at 14:12

    Great list right there!

  11. viveka

    May 26, 2012 at 16:04

    No. 32 – Sleep, wake up, eat lunch, sleep again. repeat! Sounds great to me … with me spending 27 days in US and Canada .. there will be not much of that – but August is summer too and I think I will take this challenge on then. *smile

    • 400daystil40

      May 26, 2012 at 17:52

      Yes #32 is my personal favorite!!!

      • viveka

        May 26, 2012 at 17:57

        Yes, no worries there .. so long as somebody else fix lunch. *smile

  12. Carine

    May 26, 2012 at 17:45

    #32 looks like any season daily cat activity 😉

  13. hibiscus rosa noor

    May 29, 2012 at 15:18

    great post! some of the things i’ll be doing is listed in my latest entry…will definitely be outdoors most days enjoying nature and spending time with dear ones…

  14. The World Is My Cuttlefish

    May 30, 2012 at 23:34

    It’s always a pleasure to read other people’s to-do suggestions and be reminded of what life has to offer.


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