1. Have a picnic
Break out the cookbook and pick a fun summer recipe to whip up (for a snack/breakfast, I highly recommend these smoothies by B)! Then, take your culinary creation to the backyard for a fun picnic.
2. Go for a walk/hike/run
Stretch your legs! Grab your family and go for a walk, hike, or run. While you are at it, why not explore a new park near where you live?
3. Sidewalk chalk
Sure, it seems like it’s for little kids, but why does it have to be? Sidewalk chalk is a fun way to express yourself and is a great way to leave encouraging notes for other people.
4. Go biking
Explore town from a bike-seat vantage point!
5. Read outside
Take your novel outside and read in the sun (or the shade). Cool snacks optional. Note: You can also check with your local library and see if they are offering a Summer Reading Program! The library where I live is putting on a very fun virtual program.
6. Miniature Gardening
Miniature gardening is like making a dollhouse - except you put all of the furniture in a flowerbed instead of in a house! Just search “miniature gardening” and you’ll find dozens of cute ideas.
7. Scavenger Hunt
I love scavenger hunts! There are dozens of printable lists online, filled with random objects for you to find in your neighborhood.
8. Have a dance party
If you are going to dance to some awesome music, why not do it where there’s lots of room and soft grass to fall onto?
9. Feed the birds
Make your own birdfeeder and then watch the birds come! It’s a triple-win: you (1) get to make something, (2) get to watch the birds visit your feeder, and (3) get to support local wildlife!
10. Create an obstacle course
Pull out some household materials and make your own obstacle course for your family and friends!
11. Visit a little free library
A Little Free Library is a box that’s full of books! These boxes are placed around cities, and people are encouraged to stop by and leave a book of their own, while taking a new book that they want to read. To see if there are any Little Free Libraries near you, go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/.
Find some resources on astronomy and stargazing, and then look up on a clear night! This a fun hobby that can last you a while.
13. Get wet
Even if you don't hit the pool, get wet by having a spray-fight with a friend, running through a sprinkler, or tossing water balloons. Googles optional!
I hope you had fun reading through these outdoor activity ideas! What would you add to this list?
Wishing you a happy summer,
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