Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner. It is an important time to spend time with your family remembering the sacrifices our service members have made. Honor the troops by honoring the day with those you hold dear.
As the weather is warming up, take the opportunity to get yourself and your family outside, and let the fresh air work some magic on your mental health. Some of my go-to options when I am looking to spend the day out in the sun include:
I understand this one is not an option for everyone, but the lake is one of my favorite places to be on a long weekend with my family. Granted this early in the season you likely won't spend much time in the water, and there is plenty to do on and around it. If you are the quiet type you can escape the noise and do some fishing, you might even catch dinner! A pontoon boat is a great option for some quality family time, pack everyone on and putt around laughing and sharing stories/memories. Grill some hot dogs on a sandbar while you build sand castles. The possibilities for fun at the lake are endless!
It seems that everyone has a favorite park near them, and while parks are likely to be busy on a long weekend, it is a perfect place to enjoy a day outside. Have a picnic or walk the trails, you can keep a day spent at the park very low key. Do you prefer a little more activity? Bring along a Frisbee or football and play a friendly game.
Looking to avoid the crowd? I do not blame you, set up camp in your backyard. Just because you are home does not mean you are stuck in the house, have some family and friends over and play some games while you cook out. If you have space, setting up a volleyball net in the yard can provide hours of fun. If you have enough people, you can set up the day tournament style, or just play pick up. Kickball is a backyard favorite in my family. Bags or ladder golf are also some great go-to activities for the group if you have them.
However you spend the weekend, don't forget the reason you get that extra day off, remember the troops.