The weather is starting to warm up, which means soon a whole host of outdoor activities will be possible once again. The beginning of summer is always exciting, but after the lockdowns of 2020, it’s clear that more people than ever before are itching to go outside and take in the fresh air and greenery.
If you’re a parent, you’re likely quite familiar with the effects of being constantly indoors on a family. Fortunately, there are all kinds of exciting ways to get you, your friends, your kids, and anyone else who might be a part of your group outside this summer.
Build An Outdoor Movie Theater
Watching a movie outdoors during a family barbeque might sound too good to be true, but it’s actually quite easy to pull off. You will need a wall or large light-colored cloth (like a sheet) to serve as the screen, as well as blankets and chairs for folks to sit on. The main ingredients needed to make your outdoor theater dreams come true are a projector and some speakers.
Some old-fashioned projectors are compatible with DVDs, but most models on the market today connect to your computer. This means that you’ll need a strong WiFi signal if you plan on streaming a film from your laptop. If you’re having trouble setting up the WiFi, you can call local tech help to assist you with the configuration, as well as other aspects of setting up the home theatre system.
Try a High Ropes Course
High ropes courses are a growing trend among fitness enthusiasts and everyday adventurers alike. They can provide very effective exercise by allowing you to use your entire body and build up strength. For those who have been trapped indoors, they can also be a fantastic opportunity to get reacquainted with nature and even finally conquer that fear of heights.
Many areas have a nearby high ropes course, with different packages for families, friend groups, and even corporate retreats. These options will also accommodate all kinds of skill levels.
See What’sWhat’s Happening At Your Local Park
When was the last time you took a walk at the local park? Though not necessarily “innovative,” people tend to forget about the park programs being offered right in their neighborhood, often for free. There are different options for children and adults like yoga classes, camping, calisthenics, and so on.
If you’re finding yourself with a lot of time on your hands this summer, you can even see if any of these programs are in need of volunteers, and invest your time in something meaningful.
Host a Murder Mystery Dinner
Instead of hosting a regular barbeque, you can opt to throw a themed barbeque party that’s enjoyable for both children and adults—for example, a murder-mystery-themed barbeque. If you and your family have a flair for theatrics and drama, this is the perfect opportunity for your talents to shine. Preparing for your murder mystery dinner party will require quite a time investment, meaning you’ll have an ongoing activity for your family.
You can set up the whole thing yourself, or purchase a package containing all the plot, clues, and characters. Everything will arrive at your doorstep, and all you have to do is follow the instructions.
Be a Tourist In Your Own Town
In many places, it’s been over a year since people have had the chance to experience and enjoy their own home cities and towns properly. Many things that were taken for granted before the pandemic, such as bowling alleys, bars, and restaurants, have been nothing but a dream until now. If your town is beginning to open up again, take advantage and experience these spots through new eyes.
You can also take a walk in the park, go out for hikes in local trails, and visit popular tourist spots and hangouts. You’llYou’ll be surprised at how much you have missed and forgotten over the last year.
Enjoy the Post-Pandemic Summer
The last year-and-a-half has been incredibly stressful and isolating. Now that things are slowly rolling back to normal, and the weather is warming, it’s finally time to start enjoying the activities and places you’ve pined for. In addition, it’s a perfect time to discover exciting new hobbies.