How to Have Fun Over Summer Break for Summer Haters
Summer Fun with Family
Summer not your favorite season?
Not everyone is a lover of those long hot days of summer. Lots of people prefer the cool nights of spring or autumn and a great many people prefer the coziness of winter - snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching movies on the television set. Some people actually wish that school was year-round so that they didn't have to face three long months of restless kids around the house.
Need some ideas on how you can turn the dread of the season to three months of fun? Here are two key ideas that just might help to make summertime more enjoyable:
- Make it about someone else
- Make it an adventure
Mini Golf-a great adventure
Share Summer with a Child
Children know how to have fun. Anytime, anywhere it seems...and especially so during the summer.
I can remember when I was growing up - my sister, two brothers and the neighborhood kids and I would have all kinds of imaginary adventures. There was the time we made a wagon train out of our bikes and wagons and blazed trails as pioneers. There was the time we battled fierce dragons...another time we made tiny little houses and put them in my dad's rose garden because we just knew that fairies came out at night. My memory is full of such awesome summertime magic.
However, when we grow up - as we learn when reading Peter Pan - grownups can lose their ability to see and enjoy the magic of imagination and then summer becomes a chore of "keeping the kids busy" and "out of our hair." Summer becomes a trial.
So. Let's change that mindset.
First, let's make it All About Them. Look at the calendar and decide how many days you have in which you can carve an hour, two or three to spend with a child. [could be one, two or a small group of kids...could be your own, your grandchildren, nieces and nephews...could even be your friends' kids] What you want to do is to put your grownup imagination to work to calendar some "Summer Adventures with...."
Ideas for Summer Fun with Kids
Once you put your mind to it, coming up with Summertime Adventures isn't difficult at all. Here are some suggestions:
- a day at the zoo
- mini golf
- feeding the ducks at the local duck pond
- an afternoon movie matinee
- "paint your own pottery"
- visit your city's parks (the ones with playgrounds) - choose a different one each time
- get together to build something using scrap wood
- set aside an afternoon for making a craft
- get together and make cookies, then eat them in the backyard
- put together a picnic and enjoy an evening concert in the downtown park...many communities have these during the summer months
- explore - take a day trip, with cameras, to somewhere new-to-you
My community has a science museum that has interesting displays that even younger children can enjoy...this would make a great trip. A nearby community has a train museum...what young boy wouldn't enjoy a day exploring there?
Once you start looking around your community you'll discover quite a few places and events that would be perfect afternoon or day adventures.
Vacation Idea Books
Summer Destinations for Everyone
One way to bring joy back to the summer season is to make it as special for you as for the kids. It doesn't matter if your work schedule won't allow you to take a week or two of vacation, with a bit of thought you can have some summer adventures of your own:
- a weekend camping trip
- a day of fishing
- take a Saturday, choose a direction and a map and explore: go East...and see what lies along the road before turning around and heading home
- like photography? Take day trips to picturesque spots and take your gear and have some fun
- go antiquing or wine tasting or olive tasting...whatever your area offers
- take a day long bicycle ride
Of course you can always plan in advance...instead of moaning about the coming summer months, look and see if you can take some time off and do a bit of research to see if there aren't some places you've been meaning to visit but haven't...and visit them. Make a pact with yourself that you won't do the same old same old - make some new memories with new adventures.
The Zoo is (usually) a winner
Summer can be the best time of the year
The best way to gain of appreciation of the summer season? Think like a child again. Children don't care if it's hot outside and they are always ready for an adventure. Don't do the usual: amusement parks are fine but they aren't an end-all. Mostly what makes summertime adventures so rewarding is 1) time spent with loved ones and 2) making fun, new memories.