For many families, it’s been a work from home and virtual learning year. It all began in March when the world shut down to help flatten the Pandemic curve.
Amid all the uncertainty and fear, it’s been difficult for a lot of us to enjoy what we think of us as the carefree days of summer. No fairs, concerts or outdoor events; opening day postponed, and now no spectators allowed as bats are swinging for the boys of summer.
With school scheduled to start in a few weeks, August is the last chance for family fun. So here are some ideas to make the most of it.
The first Saturday of the month is “National Disc Golf Day.” It’s a game for anyone of any age or skill set. Easy to learn, it’s also very affordable. Just grab your Frisbee and look for a local public disc golf park. August 1 is also “Respect for Parents Day”, so kids, treat your mom and dad to lunch, after the round!
A brand new celebration is set for Friday, August 8. It’s the perfect staycation, which doesn’t have to cost a thing: Global Sleep Under the Stars Night. Put a sleeping bag on the balcony, a hammock in the trees, a blanket on the sand, or pitch a tent in the yard. Then, look northeast and see the wonder of the Perseid meteor showers.
August 14, is “National Creamsicle Day.” Pick up your favorite flavor and indulge. This day kicks off several ice cream celebrations this month. So if your family just can’t get enough, August is your dream month for sweet treats. Add a scoop of soft ice cream to peach pie on its special day (August 24) and indulge in a classic on “National Banana Split Day.”
Get great exercise and enjoy beautiful views on National Park Service Founders Day. Celebrated on August 25, it commemorates the 1916 creation of the park service, which protects 84 million acres of natural beauty. With 400 sites from coast to coast, there’s something for everyone of all ages and fitness levels. What could be more patriotic than paying tribute to our majestic landscapes?
National Beach Day falls on August 30. Just keep your distance, stay away from the water if danger flags are up, and remember the sunscreen. Even in the pandemic, if we’re smart about protecting ourselves and others, we can have a great time!
Wherever you go, don’t forget your water bottle. Hot temperatures and exercise will dehydrate you, so keep track of the water you need, so you don’t get dehydrated, suffer heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Whatever you do, enjoy your family time and stay safe!