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It’s mid-May! Here in Michigan, that means the weather is finally getting better and the school year will be wrapping up soon. But this time of year can be tricky. Yes, it’s staying light out later and we’ll enjoy some summer-warm evenings, but between sports, end-of-year school events, and other activities, it can be difficult to set aside as much time as we’d like for family togetherness.
Our solution? Keep it simple. Summer will bring plenty of opportunities for day trips, camping excursions and family vacations. Right now, we’re celebrating the season an hour at a time, taking advantage of warm evenings and more daylight with quick excursions and effortless family recreation. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend an hour or two on a spring evening:
- A walk to the ice-cream shop. Nothing says “summer is coming” like a slow stroll to get a cone!
- Evening strolls on the beach. It might not be warm enough to hit the waves just yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sand and surf. A trip to the ocean or lake at sunset is a great way to spend a spring evening…even if it’s still brisk enough for a sweatshirt.
- A quick picnic at the ball field. If your family is spending hours every week watching baseball or soccer, why not bring along a picnic lunch – or pick up sandwiches on the way and eat after practice?
- Dinner on the patio. The most ordinary dinner feels special when eaten outdoors. Trade your china for paper plates, take dinner out on the deck or patio, and enjoy a family meal surrounded by the chirp of squirrels and the scent of spring blooms.
- Sunset sidewalk games. Even busy families can spare 15 or 20 minutes just before bedtime to chalk out a game of hopscotch or declare a scooter race! Our family has even been known to spend family time outdoors in our PJs. Being together is the name of the game.