With the coming of summer, it is time to unhung those boots and gets busy enjoying the good weather. This is the perfect time for a family camping vacation in the alpines, a road trip or a vacation in Colorado. However, you cannot possibly engage in every activity that has been in your bucket list in one summer. You need to create a good plan for the things that you will do. Make sure to start your list with activities that will give you the most satisfaction.
Here are four activities that should get you out of the house this summer:
Play basketball with your kids
Since the invention of basketball in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, we can arguably say that there has never been a better close contact sport. This sport whips such a sweat and remains so enjoyable at the same time. Played by burly men and women in close quarters… well, a family that plays basketball together stays together.
If you need an activity that will get you outside the house in summer, create a basketball court at home and start practicing with the kids. In addition to having a great time, you will enjoy loosening up those muscles and losing some weight while you are at it. Basketball is one of the best ways of getting regular exercise.
However, to enjoy your game, you will need to do a few things. One of them is getting the right gear for playing. You need ankle braces, knee pads, shoes for basketball guards, shorts, vest, and others. You may also need a headband to swap the sweat and prevent it from getting into your eyes. You may check this website for more information about the things that you need to play basketball.
Before you can play your game, take some warm-up exercises. Leg stretches are good. They will prepare you for the exerting activity ahead. Because basketball is an energy-intensive sport, do not play it in the blazing heat of midday. Wait until it is cooler in the evening or early night.
Go for a snorkeling vacation
Snorkeling is one of the most enjoyable water sports for the whole family. If you live along the sealine, you can always find great snorkeling spots. You can take your kids to swim with the turtles and see how they like it.
Unlike scuba diving, you do not need to be a swimmer to snorkel. However, you will need a few items for snorkeling. Some of them include floatation aids for the kids. You can buy floatation belts for snorkeling online.
You will need full face snorkeling masks, full foot fins, wetsuits and so on. Really, when you are well prepared, you cannot have enough of snorkeling. You can even drive all the way to Clearwater in Florida. There are some great snorkeling spots for people of all ages.
Once you get tired of snorkeling, you can play volleyball on the beach, or just catch a picnic, eat, drink and get that tan that you have been desiring for so long. Also, remember to pack some sunscreen because the summer sun can be quite hot.
Hiking with kids
One of the benefits of hiking is that there are easy trails for even toddlers. It is simple to arrange and you do not need a lot of gear. When you are hiking with kids, you should take the easy to moderately difficult trails, depending on their age.
You will need a good pair of walking or hiking shoes for everyone, a hiking backpack to pack your snacks, drinks, camera drone, and water. Choose short trails in the state parks. Apart from the walking, there will be insects, birds, wildflowers and sometimes, a trail could lead to a beautiful waterfall. Your children will never have a boring moment on the trails.
Tour the town
If you deliberately set out to tour your town, you will be surprised at how many things you have been missing all along. Most of the time, we drive through our towns without really knowing them.
Summer is a good time to see your local town in its full glory. Everyone is going to be out, the weather pleasant, food sizzling and much more. If there is a botanical garden, visit it. If there is a zoo, go see it. You may also visit museums, libraries, and art centers.
Summer is no time to be caught indoors. Just get out there and do something that you haven’t done in a long time.