The start of summer is well under way, school is almost here and Labor Day 2020 is right around the corner. With coronavirus outbreaks still commonplace and shelter in place restrictions in many parts of the country, the typical beach getaways and road trips are probably not in the cards.
You may not be able to get to the beach this Labor Day weekend, but that does not mean you cannot have some fun. With a little bit of creativity, you can make this Labor Day one to remember for yourself and your quarantined family members. Here are seven exciting activities you can enjoy while sheltering in place this Labor Day 2020.
#1. Online Arts and Crafts Shows
Summer is a popular time for arts and crafts shows, with hundreds of vendors showing off their creations and thousands of eager buyers flocking in to browse and buy. Many of those in-person arts and crafts shows are going online, making it easy to shop from the comfort of your couch – or even from your backyard hammock.
You may not be able to touch the merchandise, but you can still find some wonderful home décor, gifts and other one-of-a-kind creations. Best of all, you do not have to break quarantine to do it.
#2. Virtual Museum Tours
A day at the museum is fun for the whole family, but with shelter in place restrictions still in place it may be some time before those cultural institutions open their doors. But while the physical structures may be closed, many museums are opening their virtual doors to visitors.
Whether you want to stand in awe in front of your favorite painting or explore the latest scientific discoveries, a virtual tour to the museum can brighten up your weekend and bring some culture into your life. Just check online at the museum’s website for virtual tour information and tickets.
#3. Nature Hikes
With the weather getting warmer, now is the perfect time for a nature hike. With wide open spaces, social distancing will be easy even when hiking paths are busier than normal.
You do not have to go far to enjoy the beauty of nature. Chances are there is a suitable nature trail right in your own backyard. The kids will love checking out the local wildlife, and you will love the chance to get out and about this Labor Day weekend. Also see #7 below before you go!
#4. Host a Backyard Barbecue for Your Fellow Shelterers
You have probably been looking forward to your annual Labor Day cookout, so why cancel your plans now? You may need to make a few changes and drastically cut the guest list, but you can still enjoy a backyard barbecue this holiday weekend.
If you want to stay safe and avoid an unnecessary trip to the crowded grocery store, why not go shopping in your freezer? Just grab the hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and whatever else you find to put together a Labor Day feast for your fellow shelterers.
#5. Sunbathe in Your Backyard
Public sunbathing is being discouraged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still catch some rays on Labor Day weekend. The virus has not put out the sun, and all you need is a beach towel and some lotion.
You can sunbathe all weekend long in the privacy and safety of your own backyard, so get a jump start on your golden tan. Just make sure you bring your sunscreen and take a break when the UV rays get too intense.
#6. Holiday Movie Marathon
Hopefully the weather will cooperate this Labor Day weekend, but a few storm clouds will not put a damper on your holiday celebration. If the weather turns rainy, just head inside for a movie marathon.
Thanks to the pandemic, you are now intimately familiar with Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and other streaming services, so grab the remote and queue up something good. You can enjoy a movie marathon all weekend long, even while sheltering in place.
Being stuck inside your home while everyone else is out having fun can be a challenge, but complying with shelter in place orders is an important part of staying safe. There will be plenty of Labor Day weekends to enjoy once the global health crisis has passed, and in the meantime you can celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the six ideas listed above.
#7. Plan a scavenger Hunt
Fun can be had wherever you are but for this purpose, if you plan it right, you can get out of the house! Scavenger hunts can come in all shapes and sizes. You can plan one in your backyard by hiding items or just finding things that naturally are there or you can plan a road trip and find items on a list! You could even go to a park or take a hike and find things along the way! If it turns out to be a rainy weekend then plan your hunt indoors! The Boy Scouts of America has a great post with a list of things that can be found indoor and out!
If you find that you aren’t good at planning out scavenger hunts then GeoCaching may be the thing for you! GeoCaching is like the worlds largest Treasure Hunt and there are literally MILLIONS of GeoCaches all over the world and HUNDREDS in the Dubois County area alone! Just go to your phone and download the GEOCACHING app. Sign up and the Map will show you all of the GeoCaches near you. There are rules to GeoCaching so be sure to check out the GeoCaching website to learn all about it before you begin.
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