Jul
18
2011

Summer Fun Activities

As much as you enjoy the summer, there comes a point when you realize that you need something to do. Choose any (or all!) of the following, and your boredom will disappear. Outdoor activities are mixed in with indoor activities, so you can alternate sun with the cool air inside. Whether you want to frolic in the summer sun or enjoy the air conditioning, there’s something for everyone here. There are things to do alone, or with the whole family.

Make a scrapbook of the places you go this summer. Scrapbooking isn’t just for kids; everyone is doing this now. You can find scrapbook supplies and books at your local hobby store. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s very creative.

Have a picnic. What’s better than a summer picnic? Pack some fruit and cold drinks and enjoy your time in the sun. Grill outside, if you’ve got the option.

Write a letter to someone. People don’t write letters much anymore, and I’ve got to tell you when I receive one, it’s a treat.

Go to a ballgame. Nothing says summer like Major League Baseball. Eat a hotdog while you’re there and have some apple pie when you get home, and you’ll be quintessentially American. ;)

Have a water fight. What’s more enjoyable than being soaked to skin when it’s hot outside? If you have kids, they’ll love this. And if you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with a little playful fun once in a while. Who says you always have to act grown up?

Take photographs. You might be surprised at how good your photos turn out. Don’t have a camera? Get a disposable camera. Just make sure you develop your pictures in a place that recycles the cameras after use.

Try out new recipes. Tempt your taste buds with some exotic fare. Get ingredients you’re not familiar with, and step outside your comfort zone. You’ll never know if you like it until you try it.

See a matinee. What’s better during the hot summer days than sitting in a cool movie theater watching a great flick? As a bonus, matinees are cheaper than seeing the movies at night, and they’re usually less crowded.

Try your hand at drawing or painting. Or sculpting, or any other creative endeavor that you choose. Let your interests guide you. I never realized that I was a good artist until I was in my 30′s and helping my kids with their creative projects. You might be the next ‘Grandma Moses’. Only younger, of course. ;)

Have a party. Pool party, yard party, whatever kind of party you choose – it doesn’t matter. It will be fun for everyone involved.

Visit the zoo, or at least look at some from the comfort of your own home. There are lots of zoo web cams and they’re very entertaining.

Read a story to someone. I’ve participated in story hour at the library a lot, and I must tell you it’s tons of fun. I put on my wizard hat and read that story with gusto. Kids love it, so if you have any of your own, take them along. Or if you don’t want to volunteer at the library, go to a nursing home and read to someone there. It will be a blessing for both of you.

There are lots of things to do this summer, and you’re sure to find something you like on this list. Don’t let the hot, humid weather keep you trapped at home. Make having fun a priority this summer.

Do you have any fun activities to share with us? Let me know on twitter, Facebook, or leave me a message here on the blog.

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