Posted 28 May, 2020
5 Ways to have fun with the family in your backyard this summer
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has led to the cancellation of many city-led festivals and events. There have also been temporary closures of major attractions like Canada’s Wonderland. However, just because we can’t leave home as freely as we’d like, doesn’t mean that fun has to be put on hold this summer.
We’ve (hopefully) seen the last of the snow, which means warmer days are ahead. It also means that we have the opportunity to get creative with outdoor activities. Staying home has lots of benefits, and we’d like to share this collection of fun things to do outside in your backyard to help you kickstart your summer adventures.
Many of these activities are kid-friendly, but adults will have fun participating, too!
1. Build a DIY splash pad
When high summer temperatures become too much to stand, try building a splash pad in your backyard to cool down on hot days. This instructional video outlines that a splash pad can be achieved using pool noodles, a tarp, tent stakes, a clothesline, and a water supply like a sprinkler.
The great thing about this DIY option is that it’s not a permanent fixture that has the potential to ruin your grass. Once you are finished cooling off, roll up the tarp and store the materials for the next time you want to use your splash pad.
2. Create a pillow bed for sunbathing and stargazing
Laying on the ground in your backyard isn’t comfortable for very long. Instead, create a pillow bed that’s perfect for lounging around in the sun or staring up at the night sky. You can make your pillow bed any size you like and fill it with old pillows that you aren’t using on your bed anymore.
Start by sewing four (or more depending on your height requirements) pillowcases together. You’ll want to attach them on their long side and leave the opening exposed to fill with pillows later. Once that step is complete, insert pillows, and you’re ready to go! If your kids want to participate, let them choose which pillowcases they wish to use for their bed. Need help? Check out this video for more details.
3. Have fun with water balloons
Playing with water balloons is a great way to keep cool and have fun during the summer. There are lots of exciting ways to use them, and kids will have a great time getting creative and making up their own games as well.
For instance, try hanging balloons filled with water from tree branches like piñatas. Or, pick family teams and play a game of water balloon dodge ball. For teenagers and adults, try pinning water balloons to a corkboard and exploding them with darts. The options are endless!
4. Construct a DIY mini-golf course
Create a DIY mini-golf course with items like books, plastic cups, and any other household items that will produce an obstacle to launch a golf ball over. Involve your kids by letting them help you plan the course and practice teamwork by assembling it together. Using toy car plastic race tracks is a great idea for added difficulty.
Once your course is complete, grab your golf clubs and golf balls and start to play. You can choose if you’d like to keep score. After all, it’s always about having fun with family first.
5. Make a DIY bird feeder
You can choose how high-tech you want your bird feeder to be. However, an easy DIY option using a toilet paper or paper towel roll, string, peanut butter, and birdseed is quick and easy for kids. First, spread peanut butter over your empty roll and then, cover it in birdseed.
Next, thread a piece of string through the roll and secure with a knot. Leave enough slack to comfortably hang your bird feeder on a tree branch or from an elevated area. Then, sit back and watch the beautiful birds of Ontario stop by for a snack.
We hope that this list of fun things to do outside in your backyard inspires you to have a good time while staying at home. You’ll also be able to keep your children entertained for a few hours while you take a break with a good book and a tasty summertime beverage.