We are just about halfway through the summer and there is still so much to do. Do not let this summer slip away without accomplishing some fun and building memories with family and friends. Whether you are looking to try something new or you want to spice up your usual summer activities, here are some fun ideas for a few things you should really work into your summer before fall hits.
Learn Five New Constellations: Use a great star finder app to do some stargazing and learn at least five new constellations you did not know before.
Attend a Free Guest Lecture Series: Recommit yourself to being a lifelong learner and find a free guest lecture series, many of which are put on by local colleges or community centers as mentioned here.
Have an Outdoor Movie Night: Get out the sheet and project and host an outdoor movie night. Consider making it a theme night and make the treats, clothes, etc. match.
Splurge on a Summer Concert You REALLY Want to Attend: Go ahead. Buy those T-Swift tickets and have a great night out with your best friend.
Road Trip to Somewhere You Have Never Been Before: Try to go through at least three states while on a road trip this summer (a tougher feat for western US residents than our northeastern friends).
Make a Solar Powered Lunch: Create an “oven” with a cardboard box, some tinfoil, and the power of the sun.
Go Geocaching: Put your navigation skills to the test and go on a real treasure hunt.
Play Paint Twister: Pour paint on to corresponding circles on the mat and watch as everyone ends up falling, covered in colorful paint.
Give Up Social Media for a Week: Go enjoy life without being concerned about sharing every moment or worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Diversify Your Reading: Make a list of book genres and then read one book from each one: non-fiction, historical fiction, romance, inspirational, mystery, classic, etc.
Weekend Staycation: Summer is when many people go away, but take some time to stay local. Play tourist in your own city. Stay in a hotel downtown, go see all the sights, and eat at your favorite restaurants.
Bonfire Potluck: Invite friends to bring their favorite roasting items. You could even encourage them to bring something unusual and see what kind of fun items you end up getting.
Attend a Music Festival: There are many great music festivals that take place over the summer. Pick one to enjoy, especially if it is one you may not usually try.
Go to an Amusement Park: Make a pact with a friend to ride at least two rides that usually scare you.
Enjoy a Summer Downpour: Play, dance, or puddle jump while a warm summer rain comes down.
Take a Sanity Day Off from Work: Then spend the whole day outside. We spend so much time indoors during the week and the weekends are full of chores and busy schedules. Take a day to enjoy the summer weather.
See as Many Firework Shows as You Can: Travel to neighboring towns if you have to in order to see more!
Try a New Water Sport: Jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, and kayaking are just some on the long list of fun water activities available and you likely have not tried them all.
Watch a Sunset in a New Location: Sunsets look different in the mountains than they do in deserts or on islands. Mix up your location and try to see at least two different sunsets this summer.
Go to a Baseball Game and Go All Out: Pick your favorite baseball team and attend a game. Be sure to include team shirts, a hotdog, and peanuts for the full All-American experience.
See a Movie Alone: Just do it. You do not need to wait for your buddies to see that new blockbuster you have been looking forward to. Bonus: You don’t have to share the popcorn.
Go to a Fair in a Different State: State fairs are a lot of fun and many have large fairs they are quite proud of. Go to a different state and see what their traditions are all about.
Truck Meal: Create a meal with items that come from some sort of truck: food truck, ice cream truck, etc. You may have to make a couple of stops to get a full meal.
Take a Nap Outside: In a hammock if possible, but a nice shady spot of grass will do as well.
Pick Your Own Fruit: There are many farms across the country where you can go pick your own produce. Find a place near you to pick berries, apples, or whatever is in season in your part of the country. Fresh produce is always the more delicious.
By completing even a handful of the above suggestions you will have an even more fulfilling summer experience. Don’t let these next couple of months fly by and leave you regretting all the summer fun you could have had.