|Written by Bill Hanks|
This article will give you some ideas about having fun in the summer. As we enter the dog days of summer, we often think that it is too hot to do things, except sit in front of the television set. There are many things to do. Some will cost you a few bucks and some are free. Let's take a moment and look at some summer activities.
Drive In Theater; This use to be one of the main attractions in the summer. There are still a few around, but you have to look for them. Check your local paper or google your area. They still are a good deal in many areas of the country.
Outdoor concerts; Many small towns have municipal bands that play. Your town might not be Mayberry RFD, but they have a lot to offer if you just look around and take advantage of what is offered.
Fireworks; Yes most of them are over the Fourth of July. However, there are places like major league ball parks and city parks that offer a fireworks display throughout the summer.
Fishing; The great thing about fishing, is that it is a great bonding experience for parents and their children. There are many farmers that need their lakes fished and are begging for people to do it. There are also many State parks to fish in also. Be sure you have your permits before you go.
Bands and Honky Tonks; If the kids are camp or visiting the grandparents, take your better half and head out to your local watering hole. You don't even have to drink alcohol, just grab a coke and enjoy some great amateur entertainment.
Picnic; Even if it is hot, you can find a good shade tree. Here is a tip. Find a place on a hill. There is usually a good breeze. Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Take your pets and a Frisbee.
Library; If you haven't been there lately, check it out. Besides it is great for the kids. You can even teach them how to look for a certain book of, their interest. I always enjoy the newspapers from all over the country. Here's a tip. checkout the library at your local college.
Museums and Zoos; Some may charge a fee, but it for upkeep and maintenance. A small fee, for great educational adventures. Some of these even have special activities in the summer. Have you ever listened to a guest lecturer?
Homecomings and Bingo; Almost every small town in my state, has a summer homecoming carnival and that means Bingo. You can beat a quarter a game. Many even have an air conditioned hall to sit in.
Bowling; Most bowling alleys are open in the summer. Leagues usually don't start till the fall. No pressure to rush, so you can concentrate on your game.
The thing about summer is that it ends before you know it. So get out and enjoy it.