The holidays don’t have to mean trips away. In fact, one of our favourite ways to spend time off is right at home. But sometimes finding the perfect summer activities or ways to spend your time isn’t easy. So here’s our top nine ways to enjoy your holiday at home.
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1. Take a Class
A little time off from work or school is a great opportunity to learn a new skill or build on a old one. Cooking classes, for example, are a classic for a reason! They’re a great opportunity to spend some time with a loved one and learn a new meal or two together. Or you can head off on your own and surprise your family and friends with your amazing new cooking skills!
Of course, there are other classes you can take in your time of. Painting, pottery, acting, musical instruments, language, self-defense, and athletic classes are just a few options! Or you can try to learn something on your own. Apps like Duolingo can help you learn a new language, or you can check out tutorials online for skills like make-up artistry, life hacks, coding and programming, photography and photo editing, and even laundry folding! There’s something for everyone.
2. Head Out On a Scavenger Hunt
You don’t need to head off to a foreign country or amusement park for adventure. If you live in or near a city you’re in the perfect environment for a scavenger hunt! There’s nothing like heading out with a list of objectives, racing to beat your friends. This works best if you can get a fair few of you and divide into smaller groups — two to four members for each group is perfect.
To plan your hunt you can find a list online, or one of you can volunteer to be the game master. This means they’re in charge of creating the list and waiting at the finish line for everyone else to arrive. (We recommend making the finish line a coffee shop so you can enjoy a nice latté as you wait.)
You can make up things your friends have to collect or take photos with that reference your own memories and inside jokes but for a few classics try out: a photo with a stranger, a photo of them eating something weird, a receipt from an unusual (and cheapish) store, a piece of fruit, or any other weird or wonderful task or object to collect.
3. Go on a Picnic
There’s something so summer about grabbing your friends and some food for a picnic. The warmer weather means you’re not craving warmed, cooked food so fresh sandwiches, fruit, crackers, and cheese are all perfect for outdoor eating. Just remember to take a cooler for any refrigerated meats or cheeses.
Grab some outdoor dinnerware if eating bare-handed isn’t for you and turn this summer activity into a classy affair!
4. Try Backyard Camping
Whether you’re part of a big family or if it’s just one or two of you, camping in the backyard is one of the easiest yet most exciting summer activities you can do! It’s the perfect opportunity to disconnect from phones, computers, televisions, and any other screens.
If you don’t have any little ones in your life but you do have a romantic partner, backyard camping is great way to have a mini romantic getaway on a really tight budget! If you can, light a small, contained fire — make sure to check if your area currently has a fire ban or any other restrictions first — and roast some marshmallows as the sun sets.
Of course, braving the outdoors isn’t just for families and couples. If you and your friends scrounge up a tent there’s no reason you can’t have an outdoor sleepover!
5. Go to the Beach or Pool
We did say Summer Activities, right? Does it get any more summer-y than a good dip in the water? Another perfect activity for friends and family, heading to the local pool or beach is fun for everyone! If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach (and let’s face it – a lot of Australians are) you might even get to check out some rock pools and observe the tiny little ecosystems in them.
Just remember to pack plenty of sunscreen, or even an portable outdoor umbrella or parasol to stay safe.
6. Host a Board Games Night
It may seem like something that the nerds from an 80’s movie might do, but Stranger Things taught us nerds can be cool too! So call up your friends and get ready to play some board games!
If the weather permits, head outside for some outdoor fun! Grab some skin safe spray paint and try outdoor twister.
If you prefer to stay indoors, the classics (Pictionary, Cluedo, even Monopoly) can all be great, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy board games night. Codenames involves trying to get your teammates to correctly guess your clues – but don’t let them guess the assassin word! Social deduction games like Coup are all about trying to outwit your opponents and guess their cards while not revealing your own. Exploding Kittens is like musical chairs, except you don’t miss out on a chair – you get an adorable kitten exploding in your face!
There are so many games that hosting a board or card games night can be fun for everyone and all ages! Plus, these summer activities can also offer a great opportunity to develop your hosting skills if you’ve never hosted a dinner party or even a tea party before.
7. Have a Home Spa Day
There’s no reason you can’t have a full-on pamper sesh right in your own home! Grab your friends for a fun bonding activity or enjoy a day of comfortable solitude.
First, figure out your skin and hair type (dry/oily/combination) and head to your local chemist or supermarket and stock up! Find a face mask, a hair mask, (make sure these will work for your skin and hair type/s) a new loofah, bath bombs, bubble bath, nail polish, and any other pamper essentials. Then head to your bathroom for some much-needed self-care.
Don’t forget though, that creating a bathroom oasis at home can be a big part of your pamper day.
8. Play a Game
No, not more board games. Get your friends and family together for some backyard cricket, football, or any other game you all enjoy. But remember your sun protection, of course when enjoying outdoor summer activities.
The summer is a great opportunity to get outdoors and get active. Tossing a ball around can make the exercise fun (and can help little ones pass out faster in the evenings). If you have a large enough backyard you can invite friends around and have a game at home. If you don’t have the outdoor space then you can head to your local park for an added sense of adventure!
9. Binge Some Content
It’s the summer! Is there any better time to catch up on reading or watching movies and TV shows? No. There isn’t. Have a bit of a lazy morning and read in bed with a cup of tea. (And even match your tea to your book!) Sit down on the sofa with your loved ones and binge that new show you’ve been meaning to watch but just haven’t gotten around to it!
This is your time off doing your favourite summer activities- who says one of them can’t be staying in?