Summer is here, and everyone is invited. In this beautiful and warm summer weather, health and wellness are worth celebrating, so let us go out and explore the great opportunities. Always stay safe and responsible, and remember to respect the environment.
The following are summer activities you can do, regardless of whether you continue to maintain social distancing.
Chasing down an ice cream truck
There is nothing better than a cone of vanilla soft serve in hot weather except for maybe a waffle cone filled with pralines and cream. So this summer, chase the ice cream truck with your friends as it slowly drives through your neighborhood. This is easily one of the best memories of childhood which you can relive this year.
Hiking is a great way to stay active and spend quality time with your loved ones. However, depending on the popularity of the trail you choose, you may still be able to keep your distance from others. Exploring the wonderful outdoors is a great way to reconnect with nature and get lots of vitamin D from the sun.
Whether you are a veteran or camping for the first time, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a select group of people. However, it’s important to note that certain campsite reservation requirements and security arrangements may have changed. Unfortunately, this last year has left nothing untouched, and campsites may have different rules and regulations.
Fishing is unique because it is a versatile, enjoyable activity both in groups and alone, on the ocean or a river. If you are a newbie, go on down to the water under the guidance of a more experienced person. Remember to wear a life jacket if you’re going to be in water waist-deep or higher.
Summer is the berry season. Picking locally grown produce is a great way to pass the time. Strawberries are pretty much always in season from late spring to early fall, but others have specific seasons. For example, in early summer, you have blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, and elderberries. Those last through the summer, except boysenberries, and in late summer, huckleberries, cranberries, marionberries, mulberries, and raspberries are in season. Bonus: you can also get the deliciousness, antioxidants, and all the nutrients that fresh berries provide.
Visit your local Drive-in
The drive-in is a summer staple, relatively unaffected by the global pandemic. Some drive-ins have seen a resurgence in popularity with the recent lockdowns. Get your family in the car and go out to support your local business. If you are still uncomfortable going out and about, watching a movie at the drive-in is an easy place to start.
A picnic in the park, or even your own backyard, is a great way to take a day off and get some fresh air. Alternatively, a picnic is a great way to enjoy the warm weather with the family with the reopening of the parks. So take a blanket, put your food in a reusable glass or plastic container, choose a partly shaded or sunny place, and enjoy a good time in nature.
If you use disposable food containers for packaging food, be sure to dispose of them properly according to the regulations of your city, from black plastic containers, Styrofoam takeaways to milk and juice cartons.
In the hot summer, a water balloon fight is a great activity. However, while balloons may pose a risk to local flora and fauna, you can use alternatives. For example, a safer alternative you can use is to tie sponges together in the shape of crocheted balls or balloons to make them reusable.
Cup to the cup water race
This game requires two buckets, a player queue, a reusable cup, and some water. Players queue in a line, in front of the first player, is a water bucket. Behind the last player is an empty bucket.
The first player fetches water from the bucket. Then, they pass the cup to the player behind without turning their body. Next, the team hands the cup over their head to the person behind them until the last person can pour it all into the empty bucket behind them. The team that fills the first bucket of water first wins.
To increase the difficulty, for example, if an adult is playing this type of water game, the players can wear a blindfold.
Going to the Beach
On particularly hot days, going to the beach is a great way to cool off. Whether you’ve got the ocean on your doorstep or a local watering hole you love, playing in the surf and sand can be cooling and relaxing. There you can build a castle on the beach or swim in the ocean. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and remember to stay hydrated.