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A Closer-to-Normal Summer

by Rebecca Eanes



For the feel of normalcy, opt for outdoor activities this summer. It’s low risk and being outdoors is great for your child’s mental and physical health. Here are some ideas:

  1. Hiking offers a range of benefits for children, including exercise, exposure to wildlife, and being unplugged for a while! Find local hiking trails with the AllTrails app. 
  2. A day spent fishing is the epitome of summer. This fun and relaxing activity is sure to become a fond summer memory for your child.
  3. Get out on the water with canoeing, kayaking, boating, or water skiing. Water itself doesn’t spread COVID-19, so as long as you’re six feet away from people who are not from your household, this is a fun and low-risk activity.
  4. Speaking of water, head to the beach and water parks. Just remember to practice social distancing. 
  5. Scavenger hunts are a super fun way to spend an evening. There are tons of printables online for both indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts.
  6. Barbecues, campfires, and outdoor movies can be done in your own backyard. Grab a plate and a cozy throw and settle in for a fun family night.
  7. Summer and picnics go hand in hand. Throw some sandwiches, veggies, and fruit in a basket and head to your favorite park or hiking spot.
  8. The COVID-19 pandemic has launched a drive-in movie comeback with many places now offering drive-in movie nights. Check your local area for outdoor movies near you!
  9. Camping is another summer staple that you can return to this summer. If you’re camping with others, remember social distancing, but you can set up camp at your own home for a totally safe camping experience.

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When traveling with children, road trips are still safer than flying, so plan a fun summer road trip with your family; destination anywhere!

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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