During normal times, summer fun usually includes theme parks, beaches, boardwalks, and other crowded spaces. But with this summer’s social distancing rules in place, those activities are not an option. But that doesn’t mean the summer fun is canceled! Belleview Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Aurora, Colorado, is sharing some safe, socially distanced ways to make Summer 2020 as much fun as any other.
Summer blockbusters are as synonymous with summer as beach umbrellas. But this year, skip the movie theater and host your own movie marathon at home. Choose your favorite movie or movie series, or let each member of the family choose a film for everyone to watch. For that extra movie theater touch, pop lots of popcorn (complete with all of the flavorings, or course) and pick up some theater-style boxes of your favorite candy. Get comfortable on the couch, turn off the lights, and press play!
Long distance travel is not an option this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t explore new places! No matter how many years you’ve lived in your city, there are always new places to discover. Don your mask and check out the farmer’s market, a local monument or attraction, or a historical site you’ve never visited before. Or simply enjoy your area’s natural scenery by taking a hike or visiting a new park you haven’t had the chance to see.
When the weather heats up too much to head outside, it’s tempting to plop in front of the TV for hours on end. Mix things up instead by rounding up the family for a board game tournament. Have everyone choose their favorite game, and play a round of each. If you want to raise the stakes, play for points and offer a prize for first place. Whoever wins the most games can choose dinner one night or skip their chores for a week. Make sure everyone wins by including lots of snacks, music, and laughs.
Your favorite campground might be too crowded to visit or closed to the public. But you can still enjoy the outdoors in your own backyard! Include all of the classics of camping; pitch a tent, start a fire, make s’mores, and tell ghost stories. Cook dinner over the fire (or fire up the backyard grill to make it safer for the kids). The best part? Having the great indoors just a few feet away.
Restaurants are still under restriction, so dine-in options and even outdoor dining may be unavailable or undesirable this summer. Many restaurants have adapted by providing incredible takeout options. Why not make your own at-home buffet by ordering options from several local restaurants and taste-testing everything? Keep it casual by ordering anything that sounds good. Or make it competitive by comparing the dishes to find your favorites! Find out which local restaurant has your favorite appetizers, chicken dish, pasta, or dessert by taste-testing all of your options.
Now is the time to experiment with new recipes. Since you won’t be hosting parties or having people over for meals, you get the opportunity to practice some wow-worthy recipes at home before unleashing them on your friends once restrictions are lifted. Find recipes to try by picking up your favorite magazine, searching the internet, or browsing Pinterest. Pick up the ingredients on your next grocery trip and add the new recipe to your meal rotation.
Social distancing is still in play, but so is summer fun! Use these ideas to entertain yourself and your family while remaining safe this summer.
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