It’s hard to believe but we are a little over 6 weeks away from the first official day of Fall! It feels like Summer just arrived, but we’re already heading back to school and taking those last-minute Summer trips. You don’t have to let go of the carefreeness that Summer holds just yet, however, because we still have plenty of sunshine and warm days ahead of us. Instead of losing that Summer vibe, I wanted to share a few ways to help you hold on to those Summer feels a little bit longer!

Take a weekend trip to a lake
While it may be difficult (and expensive!) to try and plan an elaborate trip now that school is back in session, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop traveling completely. Look to see if there are any lakes that are are only 1-3 hours away from you via car and take a quick road trip with your fam or friends. It can be an easy day trip where you just sun bathe for the day, or make it a weekender and actually go camping or relax by the lake for a few days to get the last of those Summer sun rays. Travel doesn’t have to be this crazy wild thing, and when done on the weekends, it’s an easy way to feel refreshed when you need it.

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Keep those Summer activities going at home
If you love to break out the grill, that doesn’t mean that you have to put it away just yet! Keep the Summer fun going by grilling hot dogs and veggies on Saturday afternoon, and then switch to S’mores that night while pretending you’re at a camp ground-you could even grab your sleeping bags and sleep under the stars while you pretend to be somewhere else! Set the sprinklers out in the backyard or get a kiddie pool for the kids if you don’t have access to a pool, and then play a few family games while you’re at it. It may feel a little cheesy, but it’ll be loads of fun for everyone involved and help you stay cool.

Keep wearing those bright colors
Just because Summer is leaving doesn’t mean you need to pack up all of your fun tropical prints or bright clothes! There are certain colors that just FEEL like Summer (all white, bright oranges, blues, pinks, yellows), so keep wearing them until the weather actually starts to change and you need to wear clothing that’s a little bit warmer and more seasonally-appropriate.

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Have your own Summer series at the park
Live music events are one of the best things to do during the Summer, and you can easily recreate the moments with your own fun playlist at the park! Pick a musical theme for your playlist, and then grab a few blankets, a cooler and snacks and head to the park (or even your own backyard if you want to be more private) and relive the moments of dancing outside to some of your favorite tunes. If you live in Memphis, Shelby Farms or Overton Park are fantastic for this!

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Summertime sadness doesn’t have to set in just because the season is coming to an end. With a little bit of creativity, you can keep the Summer vibes going well into the Fall!


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Are you still bored in the house and you’re in the house bored? Look, the quarantine blues are definitely real, and while we have a long way to go before we return to normal, there are still activities that we can enjoy safely with family and friends now that the city is opening back up in phases. Having to slow down and not have access to all of the businesses and parks that we are used to has been inconvenient, however, we can still find ways to embrace this period of slower, more simplistic living. With a little bit of planning and a fun imagination, you can still get out and about around Memphis without worrying about getting sick or being around too many people.

Here are 5 family friendly activities to enjoy right now in Memphis.

Memphis Botanic Garden
The Memphis Botanic Garden is a 96-acre property includes 28 specialty gardens, which provide an in-depth look into various families of plants, flowers, and trees. Spend the afternoon exploring nature together while also learning something new.

Malco Drive-In
When’s the last time you’ve been to the drive-in? The Malco Summer Quartet Drive-In re-opened in May (and is currently the only movie theater that’s open), so pile the fam up in the car (it’s now a flat $20 rate instead of per person), and head over to catch a flick or two on the big screen one Friday night. You MUST pre-purchase tickets online, and they’re currently only screening movies Thursdays-Sundays.

The Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. This can be a full day experience for both adults and kids, so wear comfy clothes and shoes and spend some time playing with the animals like you did as a kid.

Explore Bike Share
Want to get in a little bit of exercise while (safely) exploring different parts of the city? Try out Explore Bike Share. With 60 stations and approximately 600 bikes available 24/7 365, Explore Bike Share provides a network of bicycles that can be rented on-demand from stations located around the city. Rides start at just $1.25, so depending on what you decide to do, you can plan out a full day’s adventure with your friends.

Shelby Farms Park
At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. If you haven’t visited in a while, the Park has been renovated to include places for fishing, walking and hiking trails, the Woodland Discovery Playground, the Water Play Sprayground, horseback riding, treetop adventures, paintball and laser tag. If you just want to get out the house without doing much else, pack up a lunch, chairs and blankets and find a cool spot under a tree by the lake and just enjoy a simple family picnic.