Why should kids have all the fun?
Why do those lazy, hazy days that fall between June and September always seem to be geared towards kids? Sure, it’s partly because they have the luxury of being out of school and mostly responsibility free, but what about adults who don’t get two months off and who could really use a break from the daily grind? What about retirees who now have a little extra time for playing? What about people who don’t have kids that need entertaining? Where’s our summer fun?
Right here! We’ve compiled a list of grown-up summer activities that are perfect for adults who want to reclaim some of that warm-weather merriment for themselves.
- Host a cocktail party under the stars. Elegant drinks, smooth jazz and dainty hors d’oeuvres like roasted red pepper soup shots or spiced lamb meatballs will create a decidedly grown-up party vibe.
- Visit an amusement park with your fun-loving adult pals. Take the day off work, pile in a car and drive to a park where you can play like you were kids all day long!
- Escape to an adults-only resort or spa. What’s the point in going away for a grown-up vacation if you’ll be surrounded by other people’s kids? Do a little online research and find resorts that cater to couples instead of families.
- Take in a music festival. Summer plays hosts to countless music festivals, like Westben in Northumberland County, Ontario featuring everything from Bach to Broadway; or the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with its 8 weeks of classical music.
- Take a weekend workshop. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel, or screen printing sounds interesting, or a few days of glass blowing is right up your alley. Search your local art and community centers for adult classes and workshops that are right for you.
- Go on an adult retreat. If you’re interested in a spiritual retreat, contact your local church or retreat center to find out about upcoming programs. If you’re looking for a learning retreat, do a search for the subject you’re interested in—cooking, meditation or perhaps fitness—and see what’s available in your area.
- Go to camp. They’re not just for kids anymore! A search for adult camps reveals a host of fascinating adventures meant just for grown ups like the Adult Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama or the Culinary Institute of America’s Boot Camps that are billed as “culinary adventures”.
Even if your adult-only summer fun is simply escaping to a quiet, kid-free nook to spend an afternoon alone reading that book you haven’t been able to get to for months, do it. It’s important to refuel the tank every now and then, and summer is the perfect time to rekindle your child-like love of fun and relaxation.
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