With this summer being different than usual, we wanted to offer some suggestions of how to have fun at home without having to spend much money. Routine, imagination, and getting your body moving are great ways to spend time before school starts up again, as well as ways to keep you positive when school is in session.
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. We don’t know what the future holds for work and school, but having a solid schedule to rely upon can help reduce some stress.
For the remainder of summer, this can look like a set bedtime and wake up time, or at least 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.
When the school year comes, adjust accordingly.
Socially Distant Activities
Get outside and move your body! Going for a walk costs nothing and this simple activity has many health benefits when done regularly. Riding bikes, roller blading, and skateboarding are other great options for you to get outside but be able to social distance.
Sports balls, 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.
Chores Can be Fun
Since we are spending more time at home, sprucing it up just makes sense. If you add on rewards and fun after chores, they are more likely to get done.
For example, cleaning up the common areas like living room, kitchen, and bathrooms can be rewarded with a movie night. You can use the pillows and blankets that were just accounted for to make a fort and use the clean kitchen to make a treat to watch the movie.
Crafts, Cooking, and More
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.
We are 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.
Look through your weekly groceries and try a new recipe. Chances are you will only need a couple things from the grocery store to round out an ingredient list.
We are very lucky to live in the North State with so many options for outdoor recreation. If you choose to take advantage of our parks, be sure to safely distance, wear a mask, and follow any other mandates from the state. Make sure you have an accurate news source to stay up to date on the latest community and state news.
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 ask that everyone does their part to show care for our community and hope you can all stay healthy, happy, and safe.