With the sun shining brightly upon us, itâ€™s time to relax a bit from the day-to-day grind and enjoy the season… which also means it’s time to create your summer checklist!
While many of us might not get the same amount of free time as we did when we were children, (boo!) we should still be taking a bit of time to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the season.
In case you need a bit of inspiration on how to do that, weâ€™ve created a summer checklist of 20 of our favorite activities. See how many you can cross off before Labor Day!
1. Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game
Watch a baseball game, complete with your favorite stereotypical baseball foods. (Yes, that means hot dogs and bad beer galore!)
2. Play Like a Child
Ride a roller coaster or Ferris wheel at a nearby amusement park or fair. (Maybe grab a snow cone or some cotton candy afterwards too.)
3. Make a Splash
Go swimming in a nearby lake, ocean, or neighborhood pool, or just run through a sprinkler if thatâ€™s what you have available.
4. Play With Bugs
Catch fireflies at night in a mason jar with holes punched in the lid… Be sure to release them unharmed back into the night though!
5. Create Something Cool
Build a classic sandcastle on the beach… or if you don’t live near a beach and can’t visit one anytime soon, make a sandbox for your backyard and have some fun!
6. Indulge Like the Good Old Days
Buy a Creamsicle from an ice-cream truck (or make the Creamsicle cake from our recent list of favorite no-bake recipes!).
7. Eat Fresh (No, Not at Subway)
Stop by a farmersâ€™ market to buy fresh produce — it’s a fun early-morning activity and you’ll eat better too!
8. Fire Up the Grill
Enjoy a weekend barbecue with friends, complete with refreshing summer cocktails and light desserts, like simple ice-cream cones.
9. Let the Music Move You
Celebrate the season with an outdoor concert. Extra points if you bring a blanket and an al-fresco meal.
10. Hit the Open Road
Take a last-minute road trip to a seemingly random town or tourist stop in your state (the memories will be worth it!).
11. Have a Mindful Moment
Spend a few seconds breathing deep while feeling the sun on your back. Really relax with long, deep breaths.
12. Float On
Make root beer floats. Just a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with your favorite root beer in a tall glass. Simple and delicious!
13. Make Like Beyonce
Make lemonade from scratch. If you have children, consider a classic lemonade stand to warm the hearts of your neighbors, too!
14. Enjoy the Fresh Air
Go on a long bike ride to nowhere in particular, but be sure to bring your helmet and obey the rules of the road!
15. Catch a Flick Outdoors
Host or attend an outdoor movie night, complete with flavored popcorn of your choice and more pillows than you can count.
16. Say “Ohm” Outside
Take an outdoor yoga class and luxuriate in the feeling of your toes on freshly cut grass.
17. Roll Around in Air-Conditioned Comfort
Go roller skating at your closest roller rink. Feel free to make this one a theme party with your friends, too!
18. Slumber Like an Adult
Have a slumber party with your best friends and go out to brunch in the morning. (Complete with mimosas because theyâ€™re one of the perks of being a grownup.)
19. Treat Your Muscles
Get a long massage and truthfully allow your muscles and mind to fully relax.
20. Boost Your Brain Power
Summertime Sadness Be Gone!
This season is one of sunshine, happiness, and, for many of us, a whole lotta heat!
So whether you enjoy most of your activities indoors (or outdoors if you’re lucky!), summer is the perfect time to try new things, go on vacation, indulge a little, and act like a kid. Fill your summer checklist with that kind of variety and you’re set to have your best season ever!