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Vacations are times to explore the world around you, experience new things, and make lasting memories. You can achieve that if you’re staying at home this summer. You might just discover that you can have a lot of fun from the comfort of your own home!
Method 1Method 1 of 4:Getting Outside Download Article
- 1Walk, run, or take a bike ride. Summer is the perfect time to head outside. You can enjoy the great outdoors (and get in some cardio) while walking through your neighborhood or running around the block. If you have a bike and a helmet, consider taking a daily bike ride instead.
- Make sure the weather is not too hot. Generally, going outside is unsafe if it's over 100 degrees.
- Look online for a kid-friendly "30-Day" walking or running challenge. This will give you something to work towards every day!
- 2Set up a frisbee golf in your backyard. Can’t make it to the putting green this summer? Play frisbee golf instead! Set up a course around your house or neighborhood and assign a par to each hole. You and your friends will spend hours competing for the best score.
- In your spare time, design a course map and score cards.
- 3Play games. Before TVs, computers, and tablets, kids spent their summer days playing games, like tag, outdoors. The next time you get together with friends, consider playing:
- Red rover
- Sharks and minnows
- Wiffle ball
- Kick ball
- Capture the flag
- Hide and seekXResearch source
- 4Camp in your backyard. Who needs a campground when you have a backyard? Spend the night or weekend at your backyard campsite. After you’ve pitched the tent, sit around the fire (or grill) toasting marshmallows and stargazing.
- Ask your parents for permission and help.XResearch source
- 5Exercise indoors to beat the heat. Sometimes it is just too hot to be outside. On these occasions, move your workout indoors. You can check-out a workout dvd from your local library or use one of the numerous free online exercise videos.XResearch source
- This is also a great way to try new exercises!
Method 2Method 2 of 4:Exploring Your Creativity and Imagination Download Article
- 1Document the summer. Spend your summer capturing and sharing memories. While you may snap pictures or film the memorable moments of your vacation, you could explore other methods of documentation. Set down your phone, pick up a sketch pad, and draw the world around you. At the end of the summer, you may share your work with friends and family.
- Compile your film and pictures into a documentary.
- Make a scrapbook.XResearch source
- Turn your home into a gallery for your sketches.
- 2Write. In the summer, your writing is not limited to the five-paragraph essay. You are free to experiment with different genres of writing, like linked short stories or found poetry. Other genres include children’s books, plays, and creative non-fiction.XResearch source
- Reading other people’s work is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with different forms of writing and expression. Check out volumes of poetry, stacks of comics, or a series of short essays from your local library.XResearch source
- 3Create. Spend your vacation making something—anything! The possibilities are endless.
- Invent your own fantasy world
- Build a table or shelf
- Design clothing or home decor
- Put together a costume for cosplayXResearch source
- Make up a new board game
Method 3Method 3 of 4:Planning Events Download Article
- 1Organize an at home film festival. Film festivals are often organized around a theme or series. For example, you could watch all of the movies in the ‘’Rocky’’ franchise, view a selection of films starring Marilyn Monroe, or watch all of the animated shorts nominated for an Oscar last year. Once you’ve settled on a theme, select the films, create a schedule, and invite your friends.XResearch source
- Don’t forget to buy popcorn!
- 2Host a backyard olympics. Throughout the summer, you and your friends can train for and compete in your very own olympics. You can adapt the traditional events to the space you have access to, the equipment you own, and the number of people participating.
- Your local park can serve as the gymnastics arena
- Replace golf with frisbee golf
- Have a free throw contest instead of hosting a basketball game
- Instead of running a marathon, sign up for a local 5K or fun run
- Schedule a 3-v-3 volleyball tournament
- 3Start a book club. During the school year, it is often challenging to find time to read for fun; during the summer, you have plenty of time to pour over the pages of wonderful books. Compile a list of must-read books with your friends or siblings. After you complete a book on the list, get together to share your opinions and questions.XResearch source
Method 4Method 4 of 4:Learning New Skills Download Article
- 1Teach yourself a new language. Are you taking a new language next fall? Have you always wanted to speak Spanish, French, or Mandarin? Are you curious about computer programing languages? If so, summer is a great time to learn a new language. There are several ways to guide and structure your studies:
- Download an app or computer program
- Purchase a workbook
- Work through an online tutorial (this is especially helpful for coding!)
- Hire a tutorXResearch source
- 2Master a new craft or hobby. Spend your summer immersed in a new hobby. Potential hobbies include:
- Crocheting, sewing, or knitting
- Fixing up an old car or bike
- Cooking or baking
- Painting nail art
- Dog training
- 3Get ahead for next the school year. When the final school bell rings, it is very tempting to keep your textbooks shut for the entire summer. Instead of looking back on the previous school year, look ahead to the next one. Spend your summer vacation reading the books and practicing the skills you will learn in the Fall. This preparation will definitely pay off.XResearch source
- QuestionWhat should I do if I am bored?Community AnswerThere's a whole list of stuff you can do in this article. If you have a phone, you could play games, text/call friends, and/or watch videos. Other options include exercising (walking, biking, swimming, etc.), arts and crafts, writing, reading, or having a friend/neighbor over. You could also ask your parents if they would sign you up for a summer camp.
- QuestionWhat can I do if my parents won't let me go outside or hang out with friends?Community AnswerFirst of all, try asking your parents politely to hang out with friends or go outside. Do it at a time they're not busy, they're happy, and at a time they will be listening! If that fails, go have some fun on your own! If you have siblings, play games, camp indoors (this can be lots of fun!), or have a movie marathon! If you have a pet, you can also play with him/her, and maybe even teach them some new tricks!
- QuestionHow can I, as a kid, enjoy my vacation all alone?Community AnswerLearn how to bake something new, learn a new language, start an arts and crafts project, read a book, or best of all, sleep!
- Pamper yourself. Facials, massages, relaxing baths. Splurge on yourself. The day is young, and this summer is yours!
- Don't be picky over what to wear for the summer. Wear a light-colored sleeveless shirt or T-shirt with shorts or a skirt. The fun part is that you don't necessarily need shoes, (except for flip-flops or sandals), so either don't put them on or take them off! Bare feet are ideal for enjoying summer.
- Try mastering a new skill, like art, learning a new instrument, learning a new language, and trying to get into a habit of reading. Boost your productivity!
- Write a journal or keep a diary.
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If you’re spending your summer vacation at home, plan a camping trip in your yard! Just pop a tent and simply stargaze or build a bonfire and make s'mores. You can also have fun playing outdoor games like sharks and minnows, red rover, and kick ball. If you're feeling ambitious, host a backyard olympics, including frisbee golf, gymnastics, and a volleyball tournament. Alternatively, try putting your creativity to the test by inventing a new board game, creating a fantasy world, or making a table or shelf unit. To learn how to organize a summer book club, keep reading!