niNe Ways To Heat Up Your Summer
Let’s face it, you’ve had enough! You can’t take any more summer days of lying on the couch, watching NCIS marathons and eating bags of Tostitos. You want to have an action packed summer that people will be talking about weeks after school starts again. But, what do you do when you’re stuck at home without a license or a reliable ride?
Don’t settle for a boring summer because you don’t have a car! Whenever you feel like banging your head against the wall because you’re bored out of your mind, try something on this list and let us know how it goes. You may be surprised by how much fun you can have without a car or a driver.
Playing games is a classic way to have fun while at home. Gather your family members or neighborhood friends for a game night. Take turns picking games, trying new ones found on the Internet as well. Click here to learn about Fishbowl, a fun game that only needs paper, pencils and a bowl.
Camp in Your Backyard
Set up your sleeping bag and tent outside for a fun camp experience. Roast some marshmallows in the microwave or put them in the oven using the broiler if you can’t make a campfire. For added fun, see if you can get your whole family to join. It’ll be like a mini vacation, except you don’t have to sit through an excruciating car ride to arrive at your final destination.
Instead of having lunch at the kitchen table or in front of the TV, set out a picnic blanket and basket of food outside. Sometimes all it takes to have fun is a little change in scenery.
Things to Pack in Your Picnic Basket:
- Fruit and Veggies
- Chips or Crackers
- Dessert (something that won’t melt in the hot sun)
- Bug Spray
- Sketchpad (with pencils)
- Good Book or Favorite Magazine
- Positive Attitude
Who says you need a professional photographer to have a photo shoot? Grab your camera and some props and take pictures with your friends. Be creative and come up with your own theme for the shoot. For example, gather a bunch of stuffed animals and make a safari themed shoot . Dress up in your best clothes for a luxury photo shoot. If you have a printer at home, you can print out the pictures and make a collage or scrapbook.
You remember what it was like having a tea party when you were younger. Have a real one at home! Make some tea, finger sandwiches, dress up and invite anyone who’s around to join.
Learn a New Skill
There’s nothing like learning something new to make an interesting summer. Ask your parents, neighbors, older siblings or anyone else you care about to teach you something that they love to do. Ask your grandma to teach you to knit, your youth leader to teach you how to play ultimate frisbee or your neighbor to teach you to make her favorite dessert. They’ll appreciate that you’re interested in their hobbies, which will help strengthen your relationship.
Cake Baking Contest
Who doesn’t like contests, especially when there’s food involved? Whip out your apron and cooking supplies then invite your friends to do a cake competition. Prizes go out to the best tasting, most original, best decorated and best overall cake.
Everyone has a list of books that they’ve wanted to read. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all of your “must reads.” Compare a hit blockbuster film to the original text.
Crafting can be fun and help relieve stress. Clip out magazine articles and images to create a collage of how you want your next year to look. Create a piece of art displaying things that you find inspiring using magazine clipping, quotes from books and photos that you and your friends have captured.