It’s summer, and it’s COVID-19, so it’s time to get out (into your backyard) and party (with a reduced number of people all standing far apart). Here are some ideas that you can use to transform your backyard into a perfect place to enjoy with your family this summer.
Outdoor dining area
Nothing says leisure like a meal outdoors while the breeze caresses you and you swat away bugs. The bugs won’t be so much of a problem if you keep your grass cut and invest in bug repellent candles. It is genuinely relaxing to eat outdoors.
Setting up your outdoor dining area doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as spreading a blanket on the ground and eating sandwiches picnic style. If you have young kids, they will get a big kick out of a backyard picnic.
Of course, if time and budget allow, you can get fancy too. You can design a brick patio. You won’t be bored while you dig out grass, fill in the sand, set the brick, and shop for a new picnic table. Include a trellis and plant vines for shade in the future.
A bar can be an extension of your backyard dining area. With bars closed because of the pandemic, there’s no place to go out with friends. The only solution is to make one, just don’t invite too many people over at once.
Set up a counter where you can serve drinks. Find fun stools for your “patrons” to sit on. Put up cute lights for ambiance and add some potted flowers. Designing your bar should be just as fun as sharing drinks at it later. Finally, stock your bar with glasses and alcohol, and learn to make fun summer cocktails to impress your circle. If you’re not sure how to mix drinks, you can find an online class or watch some YouTube instruction videos.
The art of cooking with a grill isn’t simple, but you have all summer to learn. You can perfect your homemade hamburger recipe and invent a marinade for chick breasts. There is no limit to what you can do. The longer you take to grill your meat, the tenderer it will be, so make sure you have a comfortable lawn recliner nearby and a cooler of your favorite drink.
Plant a garden
No summer is complete if it doesn’t include the bounty from your garden. Even if you don’t have a green thumb or know much about plants, just looking at them can make you feel happier. There’s something very relaxing about sticking your hands in the dirt.
If you’ve never had a garden before, you can find plenty of instructional videos on YouTube. Don’t get too focused on your final harvest, though. The process of planting, watering, and caring for your garden can be an end to itself. It’s also great exercise.
Play area in the yard
Getting kids to play outside is essential. Sunlight helps their bodies process vitamin D and has even been shown to improve eyesight. Setting up a sandbox for kids or giving them an area where they can care for some plants can be a great way to get them outside. Kids enjoy swings and slides, but you don’t necessarily have to invest in any expensive equipment. Kids also love big rocks and jumping from tree stump to tree stump. Hay bales may make a fun, temporary fort that is great for climbing on. Giant trampolines and large above ground pools are other possible additions to make your yard more fun.
Whether you play these with your family, friends, or neighbors, this is a great way to have fun and get some exercise. Soccer is the easiest since you only need a ball. You can set up goals, too. Other great backyard sports include badminton, Frisbee, horseshoes, croquet, and catch. There are also a wide variety of simple games that involve bean bags.
Kids love bubbles. They will play with bubbles every day without getting sick of them. You can make giant bubbles or play with a bubble gun. Young children will have fun popping bubbles if they aren’t able to blow them. You can make a homemade bubble solution with dishwashing soap, glycerine, and a little water.
Build a playhouse
Hardware stores offer cheap and easy to assemble playhouses for kids. If you know about carpentry, you can probably design and build a more elaborate model. Having their personal space in the yard will get kids out of the house and playing in the sunshine.
If there aren’t any kids in your household, you may want to consider building a yurt, gazebo, or hexagonal dome, which are the adult equivalents.
Go backyard camping
Going camping at a campground is an activity that is relatively low risk, but there are several reasons why not to go during the pandemic. On the way to your campsite, you have to stop at gas stations and rest areas where you may have contact with others. At the campground, you will share installations like bathrooms, sinks, and showers with other campers. On the other hand, you may decide on a remote destination, far from others. Consider the distance you will be from health services if you start feeling ill.
Just because you stay home, you don’t have to forgo the camping experience with your family. You can still set up a tent. Your backyard is a great place to teach your kids how to set up and care for a tent. Young children will love playing there. Add an air mattress and sleeping bags and spend a few nights outside under the stars. Set up a fire pit and make hot dogs and s’mores for the complete experience.