Whenever summer rolls around, immediately those old tv commercials come to mind of the grandpa sitting on his porch, drinking Country Time lemonade as “Memories” plays in the background. It brings back a lot of memories of all the fun times we had growing up, running free and hardly a care in the world.
Memories by Bill Eaton
For us in the Midwest, summer is an especially cherished time as many of us are coming through a bitter winter, tired of being bundled up and in deep hibernation.
With the season comes activities and (sometimes) more expenses. But, it doesn’t have to be so. Along with the help of some friends, I’ve have come up with 31 fun (and mostly) free things you can do this summer. I’d love it if you could add even more, creative ways you spend the summertime in the comment section.
- Go on a home tour. You’ll get to see a bunch of different homes, get ideas for decorations and be out among the peoples.
- Get a pen pal. PenPal World offers ways to connect with others across the globe (great for the kiddos)
- Grab a movie from the library. Or, like I like to do, get an old audio book or radio recording.
- Participate in Meals On Wheels. This is something my mother does regularly and I think she gets a lot of joy in doing it.
- Look through old photo albums. A free, fun thing to do with your kids or significant other.
- Go garage saling. And, add a twist to it: find the most valuable FREE item (every sale is giving something away).
- Plan a neighborhood scavenger hunt. This is still one of the most fun things I’ve done in a group.
- Visit your grandparents. As we’ve shown before – there is a lot of wisdom to be gained from our elders.
- Write someone who’s influenced your life. Better yet – write it out by hand and snail mail it.
- Look through your parent’s old school homework (or photos). I’ve enjoyed looking through some of my late father’s old school work reports and yearbooks.
- Learn a trick. I still wish I could get the hang of juggling.
- Go on a long hike through the woods.
- Try and find out what existed where your present home sits. Your area historical society might be able to assist.
- Borrow a friend’s paddle board and try it out. Still haven’t done this but hoping to this summer.
- Start blogging. Or journaling – if you like that term better.
- Draw with a child. If you need help sparking some creativity, this will certainly help.
- Try a new recipe.
- Look through old photos. You could even print it out and hang it up using an unused frame.
- Visit a small, unique city/town nearby and take in the sights.
- Make homemade ice cream. Never tried this one before – but hear others have.
- Host an outdoor movie night.
- Make homemade Popsicles. I loved doing this.
- Check out your community’s events. We have an orchestra playing in the park off and on and other fun/free events the city puts on for residents.
- Bonfire. You might need a permit though.
- Make a summertime mixed tape. Er, CD. Or MP3.
- Have a lemonade stand with a kid. Speaking of lemonade.
- Go camping in the backyard.
- Go putt and chip on the local golf course practice green. This is one of my favorite summer activities.
- Start a painting. Finish it by summers end.
- Go on a farm tour. My wife and I went on an organic farm tour last year and really enjoyed getting to see different farming methods and met interesting folks.
- Draw a hopscotch board on the driveway or sidewalk. Then play.
Please, keep the list going!