Next week we say goodbye to spring + (hopefully) the rains it brought. Summer is HERE! It’s time for sunny days + carefree nights. Even though we’re all adults, that doesn’t mean we can’t dive into the season with as much enthusiasm as a child. Enter the summer checklist. This list of full of fun ideas to help you connect with friends, family, and yourself! Let’s face it, after the first half of this year, we could all use a little vacay + fun. Grab your SPF + get ready to mark off your summer checklist.
- Start the summer off celebrating your favorite Daddy-O on Father’s Day ( June 17). Get your dad a gift he’ll love or just spend some time with him doing something he loves – even if that means watching WW2 documentaries.
- Get on the water. Whether it’s the ocean, a lake, river, or even a pool, spend some time soaking up the sun + splashing around. Vitamin D + Sea do everybody good. Catch me this summer on Lake Michigan.
- Head to the movies. Summer blockbusters are here! I’ve already punched my ticket at Ocean’s 8 (highly recommend) + am counting down the days until Mamma Mia 2 is released (38 days). Bonus points if you make it to a drive-in!
- Tear it up on the first day of summer aka National Selfie Day (aka my birthday, niacin 800mg motrin June 21). Take the day to appreciate the 2 extra minutes of sunlight + yourself! Post that selfie with confidence + shout out yourself. You should also give yourself a little love on National Self-Care Day (July 24).
- Take a trip. Get your vacation. Go to a theme park, water park, or just take a day trip to a town a few hours away + get lost. A getaway is good for the soul + reminds you that the world is a huge place full of different people + experiences.
- Get out in your community. Almost every city has a parks department that offers fun community events to help you complete your summer checklist. Also, check out local museum + private venues for events. Here in Memphis, the Botanic Garden has a great summer event series as does the Collierville Town Square.
- Get your BBQ on! Whether that is at your annual family 4th of July get together or just a party with friends, celebrate the good qualities + people in the US of A + remind yourself what America *truly* stands for.
- Get yourself some ice cream on National Ice Cream Day (July 15) OR learn to make it yourself! Every July 4th, my grandfather would make homemade vanilla + peach ice cream. Maybe this is the year I learn to recreate it.
- It’s SHARK WEEK! July 22 kicks off the 30th annual Sharkweek which means we are in for some dope programming. 🦈
- Stargaze. There is something so peaceful about laying on a blanket, hood, or roof to take in the stars. The summer sky has some amazing events happening this summer aside from a few full moons, like the Moon meeting Venus, a meteor shower, and Mars at it’s biggest since 2003. That leaves plenty of chances to check this item off your summer checklist.
- Get a juicy summer read. Everyone needs a good beach read. I may have a strong preference for self-development + biographical books, but a good beach read has to be fiction. I’ll be taking on When Life Gives You Lululemons – it’s the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.
- Repurpose old clothes. Whether they’ve been in your closet for years or you picked them up at a thrift store, upcycle some old dudes into a whole outfit, bag, or even household item. Your summer checklist isn’t complete without at least one craft.
- Enjoy another rosé for International Rosé Day on August 14 (National Rosé Day is June 10). Like you need an excuse from this summer checklist to enjoy more wine.
- Visit a museum. When the summer heat gets the best of you, head inside. Many museums have free or discount days every month. Take in the air conditioning while learning about art, history, or any of the other subjects.
- See a show! Whether it is an outdoor play or a concert, summer is prime-time concert season. Every city I have lived in has had a concert series in some form or another + I’m sure yours does, too.
- Catch a baseball game! This may have also been on spring to-do list, but you can see more than one game a year, right?! Labor Day might be a great day to catch a game (September 3).
- Learn to braid. I can really only manage a basic braid. I’d love to master some cute Heidi-esq hairstyles before the summer is over.
- Check out some animals at the zoo. Memphis is extremely lucky to have one of the best zoos in the country. The zoo is a great place to get outside + learn a little something. I may also be hitting up the zoo in Chicago on my upcoming trip.
- Get active. If you’re a hiker go hiking. If you’re not a hiker, enjoy a nice round of mini-golf, ultimate frisbee, or a bike around your city. This is a great opportunity to socialize with friends in a casual. active setting.
- Go back to school shopping – even if you aren’t in school. There are great deals on everything from clothes to laptops to crafting supplies. Tap into those deals to get prepped for fall.
Tackle this summer checklist to make the most of the season. It’s sure to add some fun in the sun to your plans the next few months. Summer officially starts on June 21 so get your sharpies ready to mark off some summer checklist items!