With the weather warming up, are you wondering how to maintain social distancing and still have fun?
We’ve got some good news! Not only can you stay safe this summer, but you can do so and still have fun during this pandemic with our list of 11 easy, entertaining ideas to make this a memorable summer.
1. HAVE A BEACH DAY
If you live near a beach, lake, or river and it’s open to the public, it’s a great place to have some fun during the warm weather. Plus, if done right, you can still maintain a proper social distance from those around you. To make sure you’re staying safe while soaking up the rays, follow these simple steps.
- Wear a face mask or face covering at all times unless in the water
- Keep a minimum 6ft distance between you and those lounging around you. A great tip is to find some rocks or seashells and create a circle around your beach setup that keeps a proper distance on all sides
- Bring wet wipes and hand sanitizer. You’ll want them handy after using the public restrooms or showers
- If you’ve got kids, bring some fun toys they can play with but avoid sharing them with anyone outside of your party
- And of course, don’t forget the essentials like a sun hat, umbrella, sunscreen, picnic lunch, and KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea!
2. GET OUTSIDE
No access to a beach? No problem! There are still a lot of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Utilize your backyard, parks, hiking trails or just a walk around the neighborhood. Getting outside is good for your overall mood but also for your health. Just 10-15 minutes of safe sun exposure can provide us with an adequate amount of vitamin D. Some studies even suggest that getting outside can help with ADHD, depression, and relieve stress.
3. SOCIAL DISTANCE BARBEQUE
You can still safely enjoy your favorite barbeque foods with friends and family...at a distance. If you have a large enough space to have a bbq, invite a few friends, and still maintain social distancing, this is a great way to enjoy a nice summer day. If you don’t have a yard, you may want to check out your local park and see if they have a picnic area large enough to host your friends.
Here are a few tips to have a great bbq but still stay safe and healthy.
- Set up designated seating areas that are at least 6 feet away from each other
- Have no more than 10 people at your event including you and your family
- Create little gift bags for your guests with mini hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes and a face covering. Encourage your friends to bring their own as well
- Designate one bathroom for just guests, leave a bottle of disinfectant spray, and a roll of paper towels. Create a cute sign to hang on the door asking guests to wipe down any areas they touched before leaving the bathroom
- Avoid community style food that requires people to reach into a bowl. Serve food that must be served with utensils, finger food that can be picked up and served with a spatula, or try food on a stick! Want some food on a stick recipes? Check out our article with some tasty ideas. If you’re still feeling a little unsure about how to serve food, have each guest bring their own
- Try some fun games that you can still social distance
- Cornhole is a great choice to keep your distance and still have fun. Just remember to wipe down the bean bags between each guests use
- Try a ring toss game. Again, don't forget to wipe down the rings between each player
- Charades is also a fun game you can play, you don’t need tools or accessories, and you can still keep your distance
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4. START A NEW PROJECT
If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a bunch of projects at home you’ve been meaning to start but just never seem to get to. Now is the perfect time! Designate a day to do DIY projects or art and crafts with the kids. If space permits, enjoy the warmer weather and bring your project outside.
5. FIND A GREAT BOOK
Summer is all about having fun but it’s also about designating time to relax too. Reading is a great way to unwind whether it’s outside by a pool, or in the comfort of your own home. Get lost in fiction stories or stay informed with non-fiction and biographies. Many bookstores are still offering summer reading programs and some even do curbside pickup! Plus, most libraries now offer an extensive online selection so you can check out ebooks.
6. HAVE A MOVIE NIGHT
Bring the movies to you with an at-home movie night! Curl up on the couch or buy a projector, hang up a white bedsheet, and turn any space into an outdoor movie theater. You can even invite friends, just make sure you maintain your distance.
7. HAVE A BACKYARD CAMPOUT
There’s nothing like camping under the stars during the summer. If you don’t have access to a camping site, set up camp in your backyard! All it takes is a tent and sleeping bag. Plus, if you change your mind you have the beauty of just going back indoors.
8. HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Summer recipes are the best, especially ice cream! You can find a ton of recipes for homemade ice cream online. You can also try nice cream which is vegan ice cream using just frozen bananas! The flavor combinations are endless.
9. CREATE YOUR OWN WATER PARK
Some water parks are starting to reopen, but if you don’t feel safe venturing out just yet or don't live near one, you can always create your own makeshift water park at home!
- Turn the sprinklers on and enjoy the waterfall
- Get a fun hose attachment for some backyard water park sprinklers
- Fill up water balloons for a fun water balloon fight
- Get a blow up pool
- Remember slip and slide? You can find variations online or go to your local hardware store and make your own
Who says you can’t cool off from your own home?
10. TIE DYE DIY
Do you have plain, old clothes that you considered giving away? Before you do, think about tie dye! Tie dying is a trend that’s come back full force during quarantine and will continue to be around this summer. Pick up some inexpensive tie dye materials and watch your clothes transform.
Starting an at-home garden is a great activity in the summer months! You can do your research into garden beds or if you don’t have the space, potted gardens work just as well! Grow seasonal vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers or herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil for all your summer dishes.
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