I hope everyone comes out of this crazy time with a new outlook. A renewed gusto for life. A change in attitude. My hope for every one of you is to have a clean slate where you appreciate your freedom more and sweat the small things less. I hope we are kinder, become better friends, and stop worrying about things that don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. I hope you make more time for yourself, more time for those who matter, and more time to achieve your dreams.
For most, this realization will fade quickly. We will return to how things were but please try to keep this feeling around for as long as you can! To help you out, I put together an ultimate list of fun activities you can do by yourself or with your friends or family once it is safe to be around everyone. So I challenge you to try something off this list every single week. What you do does not have to cost a lot of money, it is more about being around your friends and loved ones.
Take photos, make a home video, live life to the fullest, and have fun!
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Get out and get some exercise and some sun!
3. Dancing in the park/dancing lessons
When I lived in Grand Rapids, MI I went to Dancing by the river where they had a lesson for a half hour then free dancing for the next two. It was so much fun to let loose and have some fun swing dancing with my friends. Check around your city to see if they have any lessons or free events like this!
4. Hold a birthday party for everyone who celebrated alone
If you are a spring baby like me, you probably had to spend your birthday at home or maybe alone. Gather all your friends and throw a makeup party for those who had a quarantine birthday!
5. Go to the pool
6. Go camping
7. Go to a new city
8. Be a tourist in your own city
There is probably a long list of things you have never done in your city. I know this is true for me and I have lived here my entire life!
9. Day trip to your favorite place
10. Have a yard sale
11. Invite friends over to show off your new post-quarantine cooking skills
12. Do a fun photoshoot with your friends
13. Go to an outdoor concert
14. Have a lake day
15. Go for picnic
16. Backyard movie night
I have yet to do this idea but I cannot wait until I can. Set up a projector, lots of blankets, invite all your friends and bring on the popcorn!
17. Go on a weekend trip to visit family members
18. Try a new restaurant every month
19. Host a backyard cookout
20. Have a Wiffle-ball tournament
21. Go to the beach and have a Spikeball tournament
22. Go to a farmers market and then prepare a fresh meal
23. Attend a baseball game (local works too!)
24. Or join another outdoor sports league
25. Flea markets
26. The Aquarium
27. Mini golf
28. Host a tea party
Fancy, casual - it doesn't matter! Gather your friends and enjoy your favorite tea and finger foods.
29. Take a wine and paint class
30. Host a spa day
31. Potluck dinner
32. Have an Office themed party
33. Iron chef night
34. Play croquet
Haven't heard of it? Well, you should try it, like now! Its a blast!
35. Host a game night
36. Have a TV show watch party for new episodes
37. Gift swap night
Set a theme, set a price, and tell everyone to bring a gift. You can swap or tell everyone to bring enough for each person! My favorite way to do this is to invite 5 people, tell everyone to bring their favorite product right now to gift to each person. Everyone leaves with a few goods and a lot of good memories.
38. Start a book club
39. Have a bonfire
40. Find a U-Pick Farm
41. Go see live music at a bar
42. Classic movie marathon
43. Go to a dark park
A dark park is an area you can go to where there is very little light pollution. This allows you to really see the stars!
44. Attend a community play
45. Go bowling
46. Work at a local garden
47. Have a bake-off
48. Have friends over and just chat
49. Go to an art museum
50. Take a yoga class together
51. Play a huge game of hide and seek
52. Have a TREAT YO SELF DAY
53. Go to the movies
54. Volunteer together
55. Go get coffee
56. Go on a double date!
57. Brunch, brunch, BRUNCH - don't forget the mimosas
58. Go kayaking
59. Road trip with no plan
60. Trivia night
61. Play laser tag
62. Make a video
63. Go to the Drive-In
Some of my best memories growing up are going to the drive-in. While it might seem like a cheesy 50s thing to do, it really is super fun and worth a little bit of a drive!