This summer is expected to look much different than usual. With varying degrees of social distancing measures still in place around the world, typical summer activities will not always be possible. While we may not be able to visit the beach with friends, attend outdoor concerts, or travel somewhere new, there are still ways to enjoy summer while remaining safe. Read ahead for ideas to prevent this summer from being a bummer.
Make DIY Summer Snacks
Ice cream cones, popsicles, and cold specialty drinks are just some of the snacktime staples that people indulge in each summer. Instead of going out to purchase these treats this year, why not try making them yourself? The internet is full of recipes to make at-home versions of your summertime favourites, from basic ice cream to replica Starbucks Frappuccinos. Not only do you get a sweet treat in the end, but taking the DIY route is a great way to keep busy and let your creative side show.
Host An At-Home Movie Night
Cute home projectors have been all the rage across social media. Now is the perfect time to order one and host an at-home movie night. On a rainy summer day, cuddle up inside with blankets and pillows and project your favourite movie on the wall. Alternatively, if the weather is nice, set up a large white sheet outside and host a movie under the stars night. If your city’s social distancing rules allow, invite friends over, have them bring their own snacks, and spread out to watch the movie together.
Visit Camp Zoom
Summer camp is a memory that many of us share from childhood. Whether it was a month-long sleepaway camp or an interest-based day camp for art or sports, summer camps were the best place to stay busy during the hottest months of the year. Seeing that multiple summer camps will be cancelled this summer, why not run one of your own? Get together a group of “campers” who can meet over a video chatting platform like Zoom. Decide how long you want your camp to be: one fun-filled camp day, a week of daily hour-long camp activities, or weekly camp nights throughout the summer. Then, take some time to plan out camp activities that everybody can do at home. Some ideas include playing goofy ice breaker games, making friendship bracelets together (you can even mail them to each other afterwards), and making s’mores while sharing scary stories.
Revamp Your Outdoors
Many of us participate in spring cleaning throughout our homes, but we may neglect the space outside of the house. Use the beautiful summer weather and orders to stay home as a reason to take action outside. Take up gardening, make sidewalk chalk masterpieces on the driveway, or redecorate your balcony. Make the outdoors a space that you will want to spend time this season. If you live somewhere without any outdoor space, bring the outdoors indoors. Create a green-space filled with a variety of plants or simply add a succulent to the windowsill. There are many options to connect to nature without straying far from home.
Embrace Childhood Summers
Do you remember what summer meant to you as a child? Maybe it was running through the sprinkler as your mom watered the flowers. Maybe it was having a water balloon fight with your siblings on the hottest day of the year. Maybe it was sitting up in a treehouse while reading a new book every day. Whatever it was, why not use this summer to relive some childhood nostalgia? Although they seem quite simple at their core, many of our childhood summer activities were fun and stress-free, not to mention cost-effective and doable at-home. There is no better time than now to embrace summers of the past.
Although this summer will be unique, it has the potential to be just as exciting and memorable. If you try any of our activity suggestions or come up with one of your own, tweet us @Fuzzable to let us know.