Summer fun looks a little bit different in 2020. While water parks, summer camps, and firework festivals are closed and canceled, there’s still a lot of opportunity for family fun.
If you’re needing a little inspiration to get your family away from screens and into the moment, Denise and her daughter, Vivi, have created a 2020 Summer Bucket List of activities to safely enjoy together.
Pick Fruit at a Local Farm
While the growing seasons vary depending on where you live, many strawberry, blackberry, and other fruit patches are open across the country. This is an outdoor activity where there’s plenty of space to enjoy yourselves as you work together finding the perfect, sweet fruits to bring home. When you’re deciding on what to do with your finds, this may lead you to the next activity.
Plan a Picnic
Need a change of scenery from your dining room table? Pack up your lunch, grab a blanket (and perhaps, a frisbee), and head out for a picnic. Enjoy your meal in the fresh air and have some fun running around while you’re there.
Lots of Baking
Baking is the perfect activity to do with your children as they can actively participate in making delicious foods that everyone can eat! Without needing to chop or saute, kids can safely add ingredients and feel the satisfaction of contributing. If you use those freshly picked fruits from your local farm, they get a firsthand account of what “farm to table” really looks like. On our list to bake? This Coconut Cream Strawberry Tart from Love and Lemons.
Fly a Kite
For kids, there’s something magical about watching a brilliantly-colored kite ascend into the air while controlling how it moves on the ground. There’s a reason this “toy” remains timeless and an activity that is enjoyed by all ages. Pick a spot in a spacious field and start flying.
When you have lemons, you make lemonade, right? Just like with our time in quarantine, we're making the best of it by making yummy lemonade. This fun activity is yummy too. Vivi loves to help squeeze the lemons, we sweeten with agave, and throw in any fruit that's about to go bad. Our favorite lemonade additions are strawberry and mango.
Explore the Outdoors on a Hike
There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and exercise for both parents and kids, and a family hike gets this done with the woods as your beautiful, natural backdrop. The best part is that a nature hike presents an opportunity to explore botany and wildlife in its element. The more kids get outdoors, the more they will appreciate the environment as adults.
Make Ice Cream from Scratch
The best sweet treat in the summer is ice cream! An ice cream maker will help you work together to create this cool treat. You can make a list of flavors to try over the summer, experimenting with yummy combinations like mint chip, honey lavender, and almond butter and banana. We'll be making this double chocolate chip cookies and “nice” cream!
While movie theatres remain closed, a drive-in movie lets you enjoy a film from the safety of your own vehicle. We'll be heading to A Night At the Drive-In with Amazon, where they're screening multicultural stories in film curated by Michael B. Jordan.
Visit Your Favorite Farmers Market
Taking a trip to your local market is a safe way to get the freshest produce with the safety of shopping outdoors. Not only are you getting your family out of the house, but you’ll also be supporting local farms.
Despite everything, good times are still to be had by all this summer! With gratitude for your health and safety, dive into these activities, and enjoy these precious moments with your family.