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Post Pandemic Summer Social Ideas

All work and no play is no fun at all.

1) Outdoor dining: this doesn't mean you have to go to a restaurant and eat outside; this is as simple as grilling some food and getting out into your backyard to enjoy the sun, maybe some water (with or without a pool- think the water hose!), and enjoying the company of family and friends without devices.

One of our favorite family pastimes are "carne asadas" or BBQ's on any weekend, for whatever reason we want. The kids love to play corn hole, run around, make water balloons, play football or soccer, and we parents love to encourage them to do activities that'll wear them out by the end of the BBQ. For parents or adults, it gives us the unique opportunity to have face-to-face, in-person conversations with family and friends, while being fully present with them and not distracted by our devices or a TV show playing in the background.

2) Boating: Being on the water is relaxing. And there is no shortage of fun things to do on a boat—from swimming to water or jet skiing, fishing, swimming, being lazy, and more. Many marinas offer an assortment of boat and/or jet ski rentals, and you can find kayak and canoe rental businesses near lakes and rivers too.

All of these rental places also offer life jackets (usually at no extra charge) for all members of your family. :-)

Get moving outdoors to make this summer your best yet!

3) Staycations: Whether you’re landlocked and without a pool, or if your community’s city pools feel too overcrowded, consider purchasing a one-day resort pass. ResortPass, for example, partners with specific luxury hotels to offer pool, spa, and amenity access, starting at $25.

4) Drive-In Movies: Do you miss the thrill of the big screen but feel timid about viewing films indoors? Try a drive-in theater for a low-contact night of family fun.

There are around 325 drive-in movie theaters still operating in the United States. Click here to find the location closest to you.

5) Live Entertainment: Grab a picnic blanket or a lawn chair. In many places, small and large outdoor concerts, plays, and more are back!

Catch up with old friends or make new ones at these relaxed affairs and check the venue’s website or social pages to know what to expect if you go. Check outdoor shopping pavillions too; choose smaller venues to prevent feeling anxious in a larger crowd. Search FB for events in your area (these are usually free or a nominal fee).

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