This Summer sure has looked different for many of us.
Our plans have changed, vacations have been rescheduled or canceled and the idea of a staycation has become much more appealing than in years past.
Typically, a staycation would center around touring your own city, uncovering local gems, eating at fun new restaurants off the beaten path, and exploring what your local community has to offer in the way of arts, nature, and entertainment.
But, we all know this is not a typical year.
So I decided to come up with some fun ways you and your girls could enjoy these long summer days at home.
- Take a Hike! Taking a walk outside has proven to be a great way to get exercise and to talk with my daughter. So far, we’ve just had fun exploring our neighborhood, including hiking down to a secluded lake and taking in the views. For local parks, who encourage the practice of social distancing, you might also venture there for a few miles of tech-free time to catch up with your daughter.
- TACO TUESDAY! Our family already cheers at the thought of queso and guacamole, so dedicating an entire evening to this fun theme will bring rounds of applause. Decorate your table with a Mexican blanket, put bowls of yummy toppings out, explore a new dish like this amazing Tres Leches dessert, and have a little family fun with the traditional Mexican toy, Baleros. (Sure to be a hit with all ages!)
- Have a Slumber Party in Your Living Room! Blow up an air mattress, pull out the sleeping bags, and have everyone get in their comfiest pajamas! Bonus points for matching PJ’S like these! Hand out everyone’s favorite snack and pop in a girly movie you and your daughter agree on. (Yeah, that might be the hardest part)! Our best memories are when we actually sleep there for the long haul, piled up on the floor together. The perfect morning treat? A waffle or pancake bar with fruit, chocolate chips, and whip cream!
- Throw a Tailgate Party in Your Backyard! Hey- boys aren’t the only ones missing sports these days. Grill out for dinner, have bowls of fruit and veggies, pretzels and popcorn for easy munching. Enlist your daughter to help you decorate with your team colors. Make sure you wear your game day outfits too! Pull out cornhole for a fun family-friendly activity or a football, four square ball or soccer ball for a little friendly competition too.
- Ask S’more Questions! If you’ve been feeling like there’s a disconnect with your girl, try making this perfect summer treat over a backyard fire or in your oven. While you’re roasting marshmallows and building your dessert, make sure you’re asking lots of silly questions, like: If you could be a dessert, what would you be and why? If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? If you could try any food, what would it be? Which cartoon character would you be?
- Host a FAMILY FUN Olympics… using only things you have in your home! This one can really get the girls involved, as you let them help come up with fun ideas too. Have a few fly swatters and some ping pong balls? Have a race to see who can swat them the furthest across the yard. Have a couple of pairs of flip flops? See who can toss them the longest distance. Do a traditional egg toss or egg and spoon relay race. Award the winners with crazy wacky prizes or their favorite candy.
- Beat the Heat with a Wild Water Day! Fill up a kiddie pool and read a book while chilling or for a more active approach, fill up a cooler with water balloons, and see who has the best aim! Run through a sprinkler with your daughter- laughter is sure to follow. Use your water hose to create a stream instead of using a stick for a game of limbo. Enjoy popsicles or watermelon in between activities!
- Learn Together! Purchase some fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, vegetables, and then learn how to make a charcuterie board together. Enjoy it outside with a late evening picnic and some sparkling water. My daughter and I even made a dessert one, which was a definite hit!
- Have a Spa Day! Bring out the lotions, a new shade of polish (my current fave), create a homemade facial mask, and pamper away! This is the perfect time to listen to an encouraging playlist too.
- Favorites Night! This one takes a little planning and can be fun if the budget allows, but could also be tweaked for a simpler homemade version as well. Mom and daughter pick their favorite take-out meals and place online orders (I always opt for Chinese and my girl likes a good sushi roll), then come back home to enjoy them together. Over dinner talk about all your daughter’s current favorites: song, outfit, color, activity/hobby, YouTuber, book, movie, sport. It’s a great way to get her talking about things she’s enjoying and lets you learn about her current interests too!
We hope some of these ideas inspire you to find unique and creative ways to connect with your girl during this unusual summer!
We’d love to see your pics if you try any of these fun ideas! Be sure to post them and tag us @treasuredgirlz