It’s almost officially “the end of August.” Are you panicking yet?
If you’re like me and you are panicking (just a little), then this week’s post is for you.
I’ve decided that instead of worrying that we’re almost out of time for summer fun or fretting because of all the typical summer activities we can’t do now because of the Coronavirus, we’d be far better off getting creative about how we can create some end-of-summer fun without the airplanes or the big bucks.
Won’t you join me?
Below are 10 ideas for taking advantage of the summer while it’s still here and finding fun where you are.
1) Walk! Explore!
One of my greatest joys this summer has been putting on my walking shoes and heading out into my neighborhood with no plan of where I might go. Just wander and explore. I’ve discovered areas on my side of town that I didn’t even know existed! You never know what you might find.
2) Find a drive-in movie theater.
Don’t forget to BYOP (bring your own popcorn). Although they may seem like a long-gone past time, drive-in movie theaters are actually around us if you only look for them 😉
3) Watch a virtual pun competition.
Attending live Punderdome events back in Brooklyn was hard to give up when I moved to Michigan – and one of the unexpected gifts of this pandemic has been being able to now watch them online! They happen every three weeks and the next one is August 27th. Bring your laptop out on the patio, have a friend over, and sip cocktails while you laugh at pure genius and groan-worthy puns alike.
4) Camp for a night – or just host a campfire.
If you’re not comfortable staying over at a campground, consider instead renting a site and inviting a few friends for an evening campfire. Even if it’s just for a few hours, there’s something about sitting around a fire with friends that feels just about as “summer” as it gets.
5) Host an outdoor coloring party.
It’s easy: everyone brings their own coloring book and pencils and you all meet in a park. No germs are shared, and no smile is spared.
6) Go for an old fashioned drive in the country.
If you have a convertible that’s great – but certainly not a requirement! Roll the windows down, put on some of your favorite summer jams, and drive into the country for a few hours, letting your mind wander where it will.
7) Have a ghost story party.
Whether or not you actually believe in ghosts is irrelevant 😉 Either with your family or with a few friends, head into the backyard after sundown with flashlights and take turns telling true or made-up ghost stories. Even if you don’t get scared (I dare you), fun will be had.
8) Bike ride pub crawl.
If you’re a bike person, one of the best ways to take advantage of the warm weather is to bike from place to place, imbibing (or snacking) as you go. Plan ahead for pubs that have plenty of distanced outdoor seating so you can relax at your destinations.
9) Look for constellations.
They’re not as hard to spot as you might think! (here’s a handy guide). All you need is a clear night and a spot a little outside of town. How many can you find?
10) Build a fairy garden.
If you have a real garden in which to build your fairy garden, that’s wonderful, but really all you need is some grass or dirt along the side of your home. Start with everyone’s favorite, a fairy door, and see where it leads you…
What fun are you going to squeeze into your August? Let us know in the comments below 🙂