The year 2021 seems to be moving fast. January feels like yesterday. Now, May’s gaining steam, and in a few weeks, summer will officially begin. And it’s never too early to plan exciting activities to share with the rest of your happy-go-lucky family. But there’s a caveat.
A specter of danger still hovers above us. And it’s best to stay safe while we wait for the dust to settle. By that, we mean stay home as much as you can. However, that does not mean you should let summer pass by without your family enjoying the sun and the breeze. Here are bonding ideas you could do with your loved ones within the comfort and security of your home.
Turn your front yard into a DIY resort
You take pride in your water supply. You know the contractors who built your house followed the strict SWPPP compliance standards. In fact, the water that comes out of your pipes is good enough to drink. And if it’s good enough to drink, it’s quite ready to be dipped in. So here’s an idea. Why not turn your front yard, or back yard for that matter, into a DIY resort? Those spaces should not be idle.
So go online and find the best modular swimming pool you can find. Do not let it linger in your cart. Go to check out ASAP. Hopefully, your order arrives just in time for summer. Set it up quickly, and let your entire family soak up the sun in cool and clean water for the rest of the season.
Cook international cuisines with the rest of the family
Summer is the best time for picnics. And picnics should not be basic. Get everyone onboard an international cuisine adventure. Schedule a picnic at least once a week, with each day devoted to a specific foreign cuisine. Make sure everyone has something to do in the kitchen.
Start with something familiar like Italian. Think Ravioli di Zucca. It’s strange enough to get everyone interested. But it’s still relatively simple that your family won’t end up bickering with each other while preparing the dish. Take the dish outside and dine al fresco.
Start gardening as a group
If you haven’t caught the gardening bug yet, it’s time you succumb to the trend. It’s a truly satisfying hobby. And one you can share with the rest of your family.
You can turn your front or back yard into a herb or vegetable garden. Or a flower garden if you want to prettify your property.
You’re deprived of a front or back yard? No problem. You can try out hydroponic gardening, which does not require too much space. Again, your excellent water supply will come in handy.
Themed movie marathons
By themed movie marathons, we don’t mean you and your family stay confined indoors in front of your smart TV or a laptop. You can set up a home theater outdoors, in your front or back yard. We’re telling you those yards are quite flexible.
For this, all you need is a projector, a widescreen, and a speaker. And you can purchase them all online. Once your setup is ready, schedule your themed movie marathons. Maybe start with black and white movies. Then jump to 80s films. Theme possibilities are endless. Just make sure everyone’s consulted before any decisions are made.
Does creativity run in your family’s blood? If yes, exhaust all of that by putting up a theater production. This is something households in bygone eras do, before the advent of technology that made entertainment ubiquitous.
Pick something by Shakespeare. Or maybe something philosophical like Waiting for Godot. Give everyone a part to play, whether on or off stage. Stage the event in your, again, you guess it, front or back yard. Invite the neighbors to witness your summer production. Bask in their cheers and applause.
We humans can adapt to our circumstances. When life gives us lemons,we make lemonade. For example, while the world’s current state of affairs is far from ideal, we make do of the situation and explore means to thrive. And we can’t separate fun and enjoyment from thriving. There’s no point sulking just because everything’s gone topsy-turvy. Learn how to take control and be merry.
So come summertime, follow any or all of the recommendations we listed above. With a little creativity and imagination, you can come up with other ideas too. Share them with us and the rest of our readers. We’re all in this together.