We get to have a summer outside of our homes this year! We want you to enjoy all that the North State has to offer this time of year and we want to help you do it without having to spend too much money.
Move Your Body!
Get outside and move your body! Going for a walk costs nothing and this simple activity has many health benefits when done regularly. You can plan morning or evening walks with friends and explore all the different trails in your local area and throughout your city. Riding bikes, roller blading, and skateboarding are also great options for you to get outside without spending money, especially with Chico's skate park and extensive bike paths.
Sports equipment like soccer, basketball and footballs are a relatively low-cost investment that can provide hours of fun and quality time between siblings or parents and kids. YouTube has many free exercise videos if an in-home workout or yoga session is more your speed.
We are very lucky to live in the North State with so many options for outdoor recreation. Make sure you have an accurate news source to stay up to date on the latest community and state news.
We also have campsites and recreational areas that can really make you feel like you've "gotten out of town" even though you haven't gone too far.
Crafts and Culture
You don’t need a summer camp or fancy supplies to get creative and artsy at home. Most craft supplies are inexpensive and there is a lot that can be done with markers, paper and some glue. Remember macaroni art? It’s still a classic.
And if you want to grow in art appreciation, there are websites that offer tours of famous museums all over the world. If history is more interesting to you, then there are virtual tours of just about any historical landmark or site that you can imagine, from Martin Luther King's boyhood home to the Forbidden City in China. There are also historical landmarks and museums within Butte County.
We are also fortunate to have amazing local farmers who sell or donate their produce to the community through farmer’s markets and food distribution events, like our Tailgates! This season is one of the best times for fresh produce.
Try a new recipe with your summer produce! Changes are when you look through your weekly groceries you will only need a couple things from the store to round out the ingredient list.
Set a Routine
Even though one of the benefits of the summer months is more free time, it is still important to have a routine for most days. Having a solid schedule to rely upon isn't as important during summer, but you should still have some structure to your day.
This can look like a set time to go to bed and wake up, or at least be awake by a certain time. Have scheduled chores, play and rest times for little ones. For older children, it may be more of a goal to limit certain activities so they don't become couch potatoes.
We love our community and are happy to provide services like our Esplanade House, Weatherization services, and North State Food Bank that help improve the lives of those in need. We hope everyone gets a chance this summer to experience how wonderful our local area is.