Fun Activities to Do at Home This Summer

Guest Writer, Maggie Baker

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Now that the school year as come to a close and summer is upon us, it is time to make plans for the upcoming season. Chances are, most of us will be spending our summer at home for the most part, but that doesn't mean this summer must be boring. There are plenty of fun activities you can do at home, either alone or with your family. Embrace the summer fun and try some of these fun activities at home.

Home Improvements

If there are projects around your house you have been putting off, now is the perfect time to start. With the warm weather on the horizon, it is time to improve your outdoor space. Start by updating your outdoor colors. Paint the side of your house, use basic or acid dyes to color outdoor fabrics, or add a new stain to your outdoor furniture. There are no limits to how you can renovate your home's outdoor space; use the time we are spending at home to create your ideal outdoor haven you can safely enjoy this summer.

Throw A Picnic At Home

Going to a public park might be tricky this summer, but you can throw a picnic at home and still have a similar experience. Whether you set up your picnic blanket indoor or in your yard, picnics at home are a great way to bond with family and housemates. You can use the same meals you were going to eat for dinner anyway, but eat them on a picnic blanket. You may feel silly having a picnic at home, but embrace the silly and enjoy the fun bonding experience. Simply adding some variety to your home life can go a long way towards making this summer more positive and memorable.

Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

If you are home with young kids this summer, a scavenger hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained while encouraging critical thinking skills. Create a list of items that need to be found, or use an existing list online for ideas, and give each participant a list so they can race to find every item on the list. You can hide items inside and outside your house so your family will have more ground to cover. Hiding some things in tricky places and offering clues is a creative way to add challenge. Offer a small prize to the winner of the scavenger hunt; the prize could be anything from making their favorite meal for dinner, letting them pick the next film for family movie night, or a new toy under a specific price. 

Alone Time

You may love your family and housemates, but everyone needs some alone time. When you want to check out and enjoy some quiet time, it can be hard to get the rest of your household to cooperate. If you want to take some quiet alone time, you don't want to hear the loud TV from the next room. Thankfully, noise-canceling wireless headphones are perfect for when you want to escape into your own world. Put on your favorite playlist or podcast and make a relaxing drink to relax without worrying about interruptions or bothersome cables.

Headphones are also perfect for the night owl that stays up later than the rest of the household. Instead of blasting your late-night movie or game throughout the house, connect wireless headphones so you can enjoy your content without disturbing your housemates' sleep. Higher-end headphones have incredible audio quality, with some featuring surround sound and binaural audio for an even better experience.

The Classic Fort

If you and your family are starting to feel cooped up indoors, make a new place to hang out. The famous pillow fort has been a staple of sleepovers and playtime for generations. Get creative with bed sheets, blankets, and pillows to build the ultimate fort. You can create the fort around your TV to create a movie cave or incorporate your indoor picnic area.

Summer is upon us, and many of us will be spending the season at home mostly, but that doesn't mean the summer will be a waste. Embrace creative solutions and make fun activities for you and your family. Tackle home renovations and update your outdoor area in time for the warm weather. Make a scavenger hunt around your home, have an indoor picnic, and build a fort to keep indoor life interesting. When you need some alone time, put on a pair of headphones, and relax in your own world. 

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