Get your dose of fresh air, vitamin D and daily serotonin ahead of the silly season, with leisurely activities that will let you savour the sunshine for the weeks ahead.
Whether it’s on your front verandah, your balcony or in your backyard, these five activities will have making the most of carefree weekends and cruisy weekdays.
For the whole family: go on a neighbourhood safari with binoculars
Take the family out of the house and start seeing the streets from a fresh perspective. You can pick up a pair of binoculars from JB Hi Fi. When you’re all kitted up, hit the streets for your daily walk to observe all the local wildlife in their natural habitat. Any good explorer knows to bring a pad and pen, so make sure to keep note of everything you see. Bonus points for whoever can do the best David Attenborough voice!
For the little ones: blow youngsters away with homemade bubble fun
Bubble blowing kits will keep young ones occupied for a while. You can also create large, dramatic bubbles by reshaping a coat hanger, or grabbing a hula hoop, then dipping it into the solution and spinning around on the spot. There’s no end to the objects you can experiment with to create bubbles of different sizes and shapes. Our tip – if you pop your mixture into something larger like a paddling pool, you can create bigger bubbles.
For yourself: create a picturesque reading nook
If you consider yourself a real literature lover, then creating an inviting reading oasis is the perfect way to add more sunlight, fresh air and relaxation to your day. Simply choose a corner of your garden or balcony and fill it with a comfy chair, weatherproof beanbag, mobile hammock or giant cushion.
If you don’t have an outdoor area, position your reading spot close to an open window where sunlight can filter through. Explore the latest must-reads from Kmart or Target across a range of genres and start a discussion with your friends to share your favourite finds and inspire each other.
For you and your bestie: let your inner child out
There are plenty of activities that have stood the test of time. Try roller blades for driveway relays, hula hoops for hip-shaking dance-offs, and sidewalk surfing on a skateboard to while away a sunny afternoon. Don’t forget those helmets, gloves and protective padding – you may find your skating and blading skills have deserted you over the years.
For your household: host your own outdoor film festival
Movie buffs get ready, balmy evenings are ideal for holding open-air movie screenings for your household. To host your own session, move your TV outside or by the window, or pick up a projector from JB Hi Fi to beam your movie onto your own makeshift screen. This could be a plain white bedsheet pinned to a wall or hanging from a clothesline.
Next, lay out some blankets, picnic rugs, or comfy cushion seats and gather your choc tops and buttery popcorn. All that’s left is to select your favourite movie genre and settle in. Will you pick romantic flicks, action packed adventures or comedy that will have you laughing through the evening?
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