Read a Book
As summer schedules lighten up, don’t let it slip by without reading a few of the books you’ve been meaning to read. Florida’s beaches and poolsides make for relaxing reading spots.
Get Baseball Tickets
Summer season means baseball season. Supporting the Marlin’s throughout the heat of summer is a Florida tradition. Get your tickets here miami.marlins.mlb.com/ticketing.
Host a Theme Party
While summer luaus are a classic, try thinking outside the box. Host a party based around a color or TV show. Checkout the dollar store or online for napkins, plates, tablecloths, etc based around the theme.
Do Something Educational
Set a goal to complete something academic. During commutes or road trips pop in a CD and begin to learn a new language. Buy a Rubik’s cube, watch YouTube tutorials, and see how long it takes to complete it. Memorize digits of pi, the possibilities are endless.
Find a New Dining Experience
Florida is full of fun and exciting dining options. Try Dining in the Dark, www.market17.net/darkdining.htm. This restaurant has a special room where they serve their food in the dark so its customers can focus on the flavor and texture of the food. Head down to Miami and visit Wynwood. While widely known for its art, Wynwood offers an excellent dining experience as well, www.theartexperiences.com.
Start a Workout Routine
Get in shape before the business of fall starts. Join a gym or find a new running path. As the summer heat grows, remember to keep hydrated and consider running before the sun rises or after it sets.
Start or Finish a House Project
Take this time to complete any yard work or house work that needs to be done. Re-mulch the yard or re-paint that room that’s needed it.
Go on a Riverboat Cruise
Take advantage of Florida’s various waterways and enjoy a night on a river cruise. The Jungle Queen near Las Olas is the most well known, but there are many other cruises in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas.
Work on a Puzzle
If there are puzzles sitting around barely used, challenge yourself and your family to complete one by the end of the month.
Foster an Animal
Fostering animals allows you to provide a home for a pet without permanent commitment. If you’re considering buying a pet, use the summer as a trial run. Enter your zip code in petfinder.com to find the closest local shelter.
Florida’s beaches and reefs offer a plethora of shells. After cleaning the collected shells, fill a pretty jar or bottle with them or design a wreath to decorate your door with.
Save money and patronize Goodwill or Faith Farm. They’re full of deals and hidden treasures. Don’t forget the American Thrift store
Start a Healthy Diet
Take the time to clean up your food choices over the summer. Local farmers markets are a promising place to find fresh, local and unique produce, or Trader Joe’s offers healthy food for cheap prices.
Whether it’s at your church or favorite charity, take this extra time this summer to give back. If you’re in high school make sure to get a signed sheet of hours from your supervisor.
Visit a National Park
There are several national parks in Florida. Visit www.nps.gov/state/fl/index.htm to plan your trip.
Start a New Devotional
Don’t let the summer pass by without starting a new devotional.
There are plenty of pottery painting studios across South Florida. They serve as great party venues or as a fun activity with friends when the summer heat grows tiresome.
South Florida, especially the Everglades, is full of beautiful, native birds. Pick a bird you’ve never seen before and try to get a picture of it before the summer ends.
Start a Terrarium
Instead of gardening away in the humid sunshine, start a terrarium. Grab an open-topped bowl, jar, or vase. Then pile in rocks, then soil. Plant assorted succulents and cacti, about one plant per square inch. Then add a thin layer of sand around them.
Discover a New Park
Most families have a typical park that they frequent. This summer branch out and try some new parks on these pretty summer days. Visit www.discovertheforest.org for information.
Gabriella Morris is a home school student and writer at Good News. She can be reached at [email protected]newsfl.org