Keep your loved ones entertained and safe this summer with these 7 crowd-free summer activities.

Summer in Wayland, Michigan, is just around the corner. Although the summer of 2020 might look a little different than last year because of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a blast!

Check out these 7 ideas for fun summer activities to do with your family and friends while still practicing social distancing.

1. Rent a boat, kayaks, or a canoe, and spend the day on the lake.

Michigan public land is open for nearly all outdoor activities, except for camping. This means you and your family can still spend the day at nearby lakes and local watering holes.

Aside from swimming, consider renting a small boat, canoe, or a couple of kayaks to explore our local bodies of water. You can find a few local places that offer rentals, but Gun Lake Rentals is one of the most popular. You can rent pontoon boats, paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks from this location.

2. Camp out in your backyard or have a family picnic.

Since camping isn’t allowed, those that love sleeping under the stars can try camping in their backyard instead. This is especially fun for families with young kids, especially since you can head inside if they get too fussy at night. Don’t forget to cook up some hotdogs and make s’mores!

If you’re not too keen on camping out overnight, a great alternative is to have a family outdoor day and picnic in the backyard. Delicious food, quality time with the ones we love, and maybe a game of badminton or croquet is a great way to spend a day.

3. Test out some new tasty cookie recipes, then cool off with homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Baking cookies and making homemade ice cream are hard to beat when it comes to fun, which means combining the two is definitely a win-win situation.

Pick out a couple of tasty cookie recipes, preferably a recipe that leaves the cookies a little more on the dense side, and mix up a batch of delicious homemade ice cream. Once the ice cream is done and the cookies have cooled, put them together to make sandwiches and decorate the edges by rolling them in chocolate chips, sprinkles, chopped nuts, or whatever else catches your fancy.

4. Spend the morning or afternoon relaxing by the waterside while fishing.

Fishing is a great activity for summer mornings and afternoons. Best of all, fishing is free without a license for kids under the age of 17 (though you still need to follow the same rules). Those 17 and older who are actively fishing will need to purchase a license, which can be done online.

Michigan state land is open for fishing, but it’s important to continue staying at least six feet away from others who are enjoying the water. Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when interacting with public facilities while you’re out.

5. Host an outdoor movie party for your family or a small group of friends.

If you’re tired of being cooped up inside but you are also a big fan of movie nights, take Netflix outdoors!

Gather your family or invite a very small group of friends for an outdoor movie viewing. Portable outdoor projectors are much more affordable now, and you can either hang a sheet or use the side of your home to project the movie onto. If you’d rather not purchase a projector and you’re feeling brave, you can even move your TV outdoors on your porch.

6. Channel your inner astronomer and spend some time appreciating the beautiful night sky.

Stargazing is a fantastic pastime that’s as intriguing as it is relaxing. You can either drive out to a rural spot on a clear night or simply lay out in your backyard and enjoy the view. Telescopes are really handy, but you can still see plenty with your naked eye.

This helpful guide is perfect for guiding newcomers on their first adventure into stargazing and astronomy.

7. Do something to show your local essential workers you care.

Giving back to others is one of the most rewarding things we can do, and right now, essential workers will really appreciate the effort. Brainstorm some ways you can give back to those who are working through this crisis. Maybe you can check in with the local police department or a medical center to see if you can donate some meals or have pizza delivered. On a smaller scale, you can even leave a cooler with some beverages and snacks on your porch for mail delivery workers.

Dr. Sexton and the team can’t wait to welcome your family back to the office soon and get you all back on track with your dental care.

While you’re enjoying your popcorn or sweet ice cream sandwich snacks this summer, don’t forget to keep up with your oral health routine. Brush and floss at least twice a day and whenever your teeth feel less than fresh (stuck popcorn kernel, anyone?).

As of June 1, Dr. Sexton and the team have reopened for routine appointments. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for you and your family, please call us today! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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