Summer is in its highest peak in the middle of August, with warm lake water and hot summer nights. Although September is sneaking into our lives again with the launch pumpkin-scented Bath and Body Works candles and back-to-school advertising (please stop), there is still plenty of time to make this summer memorable.
Here is a list of creative activities to accomplish this August.
Summer Bucket List 2014
1. Go horseback riding
There are often a lot more nearby ranches that offer riding lessons than you think. Grab a friend and meet the dream horse you’ve been wanting since you were five years old. I took an hour ride around a trail a couple of summers ago, which cost me about $80. Riding lessons can run on the pricier side, but it is not something that I do every day, which made it a good investment for memories.
2. Watch a movie at a drive-in theatre
Drive-in movies are a perfect way to have a girls night out or a date with that special someone. Just grab a couple of blankets and a bag of popcorn.
Although drive-in theatres are not often advertised, as they are often hosted by smaller organizations, a few minutes or research can find you a theatre close to home or a few towns over. If none come up, try hosting your own backyard movie theatre by projecting a movie onto a white sheet or blanket hanging on a wall.
3. Taking Polaroid or photo booth photos
Polaroids make great material for wall decorations, collages and birthday cards. Grab a couple of friends, go to the beach or the fair, and snap some!
A cheaper alternative is going to your local mall or movie theatre and getting in a photo booth. So easy and convenient!
4. Attend a local festival
Summer is the busiest time for festivals, fairs and concerts. My city hosts several festivals every summer, sometimes even involving famous bands and singers. The best part? Most of the festivals are free!
5. Train for/run a fun marathon
Many of us get too caught up in our summer reading to realize just how many ice creams cones we have consumed (way too many on my behalf, that’s for sure). Get in shape by training for a fun-filled marathon, such as the Color Run, or whatever else your city hosts. Signing up will give you motivation for those days where all you want to do is lay on the couch and watch a marathon of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
6. Sign up for a cooking class
If you’re really not in the whole marathon-running mood, try attending a local cooking class. Not only will you learn how to cook new meals (which your family will thank you for), you will also be taught on proper nutrition. After all of the lies about the prefect “healthy lifestyle” we see on the internet, it is important to understand which ones are myths and which ones we should take into consideration.
Another idea is to simply bake something delicious with a loved one. I personally find that it is a great de-stressing activity that gives you a chance to catch up on recent gossip.
7. Volunteer for a cause you care about
There is no better feeling than knowing that you made an impact on somebody’s life. Find something you’re passionate about, and spend some time giving back to the community. Some ideas include tree planting, soup kitchen, retirement home, pet shelter, or fundraising for a specific cause such as the Cancer Society.
Whatever activity you choose, I hope your summer is memorable and enjoyable!