Creative ideas for summer fun
After a(nother) long winter, the signs of summer are always welcome. You may have your favorite activities—long walks, lake time, golfing or visits to the neighborhood ice cream shop—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for something new in your summer schedule.
If you’re looking for some creative inspiration for summer fun, check out these ideas:
- Tap into your inner child. When was the last time you ran through a sprinkler or climbed a tree? Fly a kite, throw water balloons, draw with sidewalk chalk or create an obstacle course and have some free and free-form fun for the entire family.
- Check out local art. From sculpture parks to roadside attractions to murals and more, there is an abundance of outdoor art waiting to be viewed, admired, questioned and enjoyed. Search a short list of spots within an hour’s drive of your house and take an artful road trip for some summertime culture.
- Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Wash your car. Hike through a nature preserve. Go birding. Spend the day barefoot. Getting your hands and feet dirty is another great way to connect with nature and enjoy the best of summer.
- Make something. You can make your favorite cocktail or mocktail at home. You can create a colorful summer bucket list for the family and put it on the fridge. You can make a collage out of found objects with the kids. You can make a mini volcano with baking soda and vinegar. You can make someone’s day with a handwritten letter.
- Play some mini-golf. If you haven’t been goofy golfing lately, there are more options than ever! Play on the rooftop of the Walker Art Museum or check out the artistic Big Stone Mini Golf in Mound. There are even adults-only courses opening up if you prefer a more mature round of mini-golf.
- Pick or plant. You can pick strawberries and blueberries at local farms. You can plant your favorite fall squash and see how it grows. You can also try new recipes based on seasonal produce and ingredients for a fresh and flavorful meal.
“Summer is really the season of abundance, isn’t it? It is the perfect time to explore, get inspired and try something new!” said Nurse Practitioner Elise Pesch. “We’d love to hear about your favorite summertime activities and adventures—what do you love doing the most this time of year?”