• Jen Gibbs

Fun Summer Activities For When You're At Home

Ahhhh summer. Memorial Day typically is the first big event that marks the turn for warm weather and sunshine. I've always found summer to be one of the most difficult seasons to prepare for. As a true midwesterner, I recognize the weather can turn at any moment and the summer months are no different. Although I am thankful to live in a place where snow typically isn't accounted for in June, the high temperatures and humidity bring on their own sets of challenges.

Normally, we would be using this time to plan out any trips (we are still holding on hope for Mark's family vacation at the end of July!) but this year looks just a tad different. Although we had a trip planned to go to Iceland with some friends, that (obviously) will have to be postponed, I've rounded up a fun list of activities to do to help keep boredom and the summertime sadness away, even if it's just for a little while.

Create Your Own Drive-In Movie Theater (Or Visit Your Local One!)

Stuff your trunk with blankets and pillows, grab your computer and your phone for a hotspot (if needed), and drive somewhere to watch the sunset in the background as your movie plays.

Make Your Own Popsicles With Or Without Alcohol

Making your own popsicles can be a healthier option or put your own boozy spin on it with your favorite liquor.

Take The Scenic Route

When you've got nothing but time, might as well enjoy the ride, right? Roll down your windows and breathe in some fresh air.

Plan Your Next Trip

You may not know when you'll be able to actually travel, but having a trip in mind and the details planned will help inspire you for when you CAN travel. What is on your list?

Make Your Own Homemade Ice Cream (Can You Successfully Make Anything Besides Vanilla? Here's A Delicious Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe!)

Vanilla ice cream is always a delicious go-to flavor to start ice cream making, but what other flavors can you whip up?

Go On A Picnic

Stock up some wine, cheese, fruit, and more to pair with your comfy blanket at the local park. Don't forget to bring your Polaroid or film camera to take some fun photos with your friends.

DIY Some Projects For Around Your Home

Now is the time to spruce up your home and tackle some fun DIY projects you may not have had time for before. From coffee tables to dining tables, to bookcases I've already seen some great quarantine crafts! What's on your lineup?

Enjoy A Nice Refreshing Glass Of (Vodka) Lemonade

Summer isn't complete without lemonade in the heat. Sit back, relax, and drink up!

Pick Wildflowers + Take Pictures Of Yourself In The Field

It's time to spruce up your Instagram feed with some Little House On The Prarie feels. Dress up, grab your favorite hat, your phone or camera of your choice and document yourself and your friends picking some beautiful flowers.

Go Berry Picking (But Please Don't Trespass...)

When I was growing up, several of my neighbors had mulberry trees. We LOVED picking them and some neighborhood parents would use them to make pies. Find some places near you to pick your own berries and make your own delicious pies!

Omaha Berry Picking*

Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch

Roca Berry Farm

Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard Educational Foundation

Hit The Local Lake: Paddleboarding and Kayaking Are Always A Fun Time

Stay away from the crowds but still enjoy being outside by paddleboarding or kayaking around your local lake. Sam's Club has some great options for different kinds of boards if you're in the market for one!

Enjoy Your Favorite Ice Cream Place

Now that you've enjoyed your own homemade ice cream, it's time to get some inspiration from other ice cream shops around you! Below are my top three favorite local ice cream shops that you should check out.

-Coneflower (Omaha,NE )

-Christy Creme (Council Bluffs, IA)

-Dairy Delite (Loveland, CO)

Set Up A Kiddie Pool, Grab A Bubble Machine, And Let Your Family Take In The Sunshine

Who says only kids can enjoy summers at home? Set up your pool and throw on the bubble machine to create a fun atmosphere for the whole family (or your roommate) will love!

Dance In The Rain

Summertime brings summer storms, and sometimes all we can do is enjoy it. Don't be afraid to look ridiculous while dancing in the rainstorms.

*Make sure to call ahead and make sure the farms are open to enjoy. Public rules and regulations are changing each day so take the necessary precautions and don't forget to enjoy yourself!


This summer may look different than years past. Family vacations may be postponed and leaving the house may not be an option for many. These next few weeks/months may feel long but they won't last forever. Try to enjoy each moment as it comes. What are some of your summer plans this year? Are you still planning on traveling or are you putting travels on hold? I would love to hear all sides! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email at jen.m.rew@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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