While you may not take a typical vacation during the Memorial Day weekend this year, you can still celebrate Memorial Day from the safety of your home by incorporating trip themes the whole family will enjoy. No matter your travel desires, you can make memories from home this Memorial Day that you’ll never forget.
Turn Your Yard into a Beach
If you’re not able to make it to the beach for Memorial Day, help your family pretend they’re at the beach this Memorial Day Weekend. Get out the grill, and set up a waterslide or pool. Pull out the sprinkler and let the kids run through it while you play beach themed music over your speakers from Buydig.com.
Have Dinner Outside
Gather loved ones for a casual dinner outside to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Keep the dishes and decor simple with picnic style food and fresh-from-the-garden blooms. Serve up dishes that showcase in-season produce like berries, asparagus, and greens.
Play Yard Games
After dinner, keep the family outside with a fun yard game competition. Set out classic Memorial Day activities like badminton, ring toss, and horseshoes. Plan a friendly competition and take turns rotating through the games. Capture some great candid Memorial Day shots of the competitive side of your family with your drone from Buydig.com.
Enjoy a National Park- Virtually
Nature enthusiasts can still get a taste of the great outdoors from home. Several U.S. national parks, including Crater Lake and Yellowstone, are streaming virtual visits through live webcams. Take in the gorgeous scenery of some of America’s greatest green spaces. You may even spot some wildlife, if you’re lucky. Kids can also take part in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, which offers various tasks that kids can complete to earn virtual badges. The program includes many online activities, ranging from scavenger hunts to word scrambles to journaling.
Get Outside and Play- Keeping Your Distance, of Course
Memorial Day Weekend is too pretty to miss, and you can enjoy lots of it via an easy family bike ride or an epic hike- aka neighborhood walk. You can also take a short day trip to one of the State Parks that have reopened for day use only. Try heading out in the early morning or late evening to avoid crowds. Wear your face mask and bring your own hygiene supplies. Prepare for limited restroom facilities and stay home if you’re sick. Of course, wear your Garmin Smartwatch to keep track of your fitness and to keep you on track via GPS.
Camp in the Backyard
Dig your camping gear out of the closet and turn your backyard into your favorite campground. Hang a hammock, set out some chairs and a cooler, build a campfire, and make s’mores. Nighttime in the backyard is also a great opportunity to stargaze. Use this time to learn about astronomy as you search for constellations and explain the different phases of the moon to your kids.
Watch a Musical
Expose your family to Broadway and other musicals from around the world by watching a collection of iconic stage shows filmed live. Choose from classics like “Les Misérables”, “Oklahoma!”, “CATS”, and “The Sound of Music”. Watching with the whole family on a projector in the back yard or in your living room is the next best thing to attending a show live on Broadway. While you may not leave your home this Memorial Day weekend, you’re sure to feel well traveled.
These are just some of the ways you can make the most of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.