The perfect summer conjures visions of barbecues with friends, pool parties, and sightseeing vacations. The season of endless sun offers so much to look forward to. But with the corona virus pandemic changing the landscape of available—and acceptable—activities, summer 2020 has been a bit different than usual. Come to think of it, we have been social distancing for, I don't know... 3 years now? Whatever--it's been a long, long time.
And so the big question is, how do we spice up this summer and make every day count? Despite the disappointments that 2020 is currently dishing out, with a little creativity, it is still possible to have a fun summer. And whatever you do, please don’t forget to capture the moments on your camera or cell phone. You will need proof 5 years from now when you’re relating the "Game Changer" that was 2020. Here are a couple of options to make this season one to remember.
When You Can’t Visit the Pool
You know what is synonymous with summer? Swimming! Unfortunately the new social distancing protocols may mean limited access to pools this year. If your go-to swimming pool has closed its doors, consider these options.
Get a kiddie pool. It may not be the height of luxury, but in a pinch, an inexpensive kiddie pool is better than nothing! Cool off in one of these refillable plastic shells.
Have a squirt gun fight. Sometimes you don’t feel like taking the whole plunge into a pool, anyway. Spritz each other with squirt guns instead.
Use a lawn sprinkler. Provided you have yard space, go old-school, and haul out a lawn sprinkler for kids to run around in. You might even get the urge and run through it yourself.
When You Can’t Go on Vacation
A summer without vacation doesn’t really sound like summer, especially if travel is a family tradition. This year, with travel restrictions likely to be in place for months to come, try re-framing your thinking about vacation with these alternatives.
Camp in the backyard. Roast marshmallows, tell spooky stories, and spend the night under the stars—right in your own backyard.
Take a culinary "vacation." Can’t travel the world? Bring the flavors of far-flung cuisines to your home kitchen. Once a week, try a new recipe from a place you’d like to visit someday.
Enjoy the great outdoors. After months of quarantine, we could all probably use more fresh air. Have a picnic, take a hike, or go for a scenic drive.
Despite the travel restrictions and the social distancing protocols, you can still have fun this summer, and most importantly make good memories during this trying time. The most crucial thing is to bond and celebrate the gift of life and health with your family. Do not forget to whip out your camera or use the one on your phone to capture all these magical moments. You’ll be glad you did.