Enjoying Summer At Home

We know that this summer may look different from summer’s past. Vacations have been canceled, time with friends and extended family has become limited, and our typical work and school schedules have drastically changed in the last few months. Regardless, our families and communities remain strong together as we support each other. 

We understand that it may be a slow transition back to our pre-existing lifestyle. In light of, our team at GVREG wanted to share a few ideas of how you and your family can enjoy the start of summer!

Camp in the backyard

Pitch a tent and bust out the smore's! Camping in the backyard, takes a lot of the time consuming prepping and stress out of camping but still is a blast for you and the kids. You can camp in a tent, have a bonfire, tell ghost stories and have an adventure all in the comfort and safety of your backyard! Parenting.com has some great ideas for making your backyard camping even more fun!

Scavenger Hunt

There are tons of ways to have a scavenger hunt, inside or outside. Something as simple as a nature hunt, where you search for things like acorns and flowers, or you can get a little more complex and have scavenger hunt where there are activities attached to each item. You can also have a scavenger hunt around the house, this is also a great way to teach your kids where things like the broom and Dustpan are kept. There are so many ways that you can make a scavenger hunt your own, the important thing is to have fun with it!

backyard Olympics

Holding your own Olympics is a great way to get outside and exercise! You can make this a real competition and besides participating in events you can just have the kids make country flags, medals to make and hold an opening ceremony. Care.com has some great ideas for making your backyard perfect Olympics

Go on a picnic

Indoor or outdoor, your choice, but get some snacks and lay out a blanket! This is a great way to switch up the routine and make meal time a little more exciting. You can even support a local business and get takeout for your picnic!

Plant a Garden

Gardening is a great way to spend time with your family and teach them responsibility. It is a long-term activity that if successful has tangible rewards. You can start by laying out the garden, getting a little dirty and planting the seeds, then water it and watch it grow together. By the end of the summer, you might have some delicious veggies to snack on and show your kids what they accomplished!

Cook together

Instead of cooking alone, let this family help once in a while? Cooking or baking is a wonderful way to spend time together. Kids can learn useful life skills and make some great memories helping you in the kitchen.

Stream live concerts in your Home

During a time when an in person concert isn't possible, many artists and bands are hosting free concerts that you can stream from home! So look up your favorite artists and see if they are planning a concert and then turn on your TV, crank up the volume and dance to your favorite music!

Visit local entertainment places

With business starting to return to some normalcy, there are local entertainment businesses that are starting to open back up. Support local businesses and get out of the house! In the Grand Valley (and close by towns) there are fun places that you can still have fun at this summer:

Tru Vu Drive-in in Delta

Banana’s Fun Park 

Orchard Mesa Lanes Bowling alley

We hope that you enjoyed these ideas and they help keep you and your family occupied this summer.

Here's to having the best "not so typical" summer possible!

- Grand Valley Real Estate Group