Five Things to Do This Summer in Your Own Backyard

Five Things to Do This Summer in Your Own Backyard

Stuck indoors working from home, helping the kids with their schoolwork, and trying to pass the time in an effort to keep you and your family safe—it’s no surprise many of us are feeling a particularly nasty case of cabin fever. But that doesn’t mean we need to miss out on the beautiful weather. Make a point to enjoy the summer sunshine with these ideas.

Grill Something New

The newly variable availability in grocery stores already have you pondering products you never used to think about. It’s time to extend that thinking to your barbecuing. Food and Wine has an endless number of carnivorous and vegetarian grilling recipes.


Watch a Summer Movie

Kick-off the season with a summer movie for every mood. If you want to be transported to another time and place without having to actually leave your couch, there is no better way than with a great film. Experience the high season on an island in Greece with Mamma Mia, spend time at a summer camp with The Parent Trap, or head to the beach with a showing of Blue Crush or Jaws. You can throw the ultimate backyard movie night with just a few simple steps.


Get Creative in the City

Outdoor social distancing may not be easy for everyone, particularly those who live in a city. However, there is still plenty you can do outside while keeping your distance from others. The first step is to check your local health orders or guidelines before going out. Then, pack a picnic and find a park, reserve, botanic garden, or beach. Or, to keep your children busy, entertained, and outside, have them paint the sidewalks around your front door. Pavement can be the ultimate canvas for kids!


Grow Your Green Thumb

If you’ve ever thought about having a garden, now is the time to get started! From flowers to different fruits and vegetables, gardening is a great hobby to pick up, and it’s educational too! Working with little to no green space? New York Magazine spoke with chefs and garden experts about the best indoor garden kits for growing herbs, produce, and more.


Organize Some Lawn Games

Take advantage of the balmy weather by adding some fun activities to the backyard—especially if the kids won’t be attending summer camp this year. From Giant Jenga to Kan Jam to sports-themed cornhole, there are plenty of outdoor games to get your competitive spirits up. And rather than dash in and out of the air-conditioned house every time you need a reprieve from those rays, invest in an inflatable pool.

​​​​​​​First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, it’s still important to make sure that you stay up-to-date with CDC guidelines and ensure that you’re washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces.

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