June 27, 2024 Blog

Beat the Heat With These Family Summer Activities

As usual, Minnesota is experiencing a sweltering summer. Many of us are looking not just for things to do in the summer, but ways to beat the heat. Here are some fun summer activities that will help you keep cool and create great memories with your family.

Grow a Colorful Summer Garden

As hot as Minnesota summers can be, they are also the perfect time of year for growing flowers. Take a trip to your local plant nursery and pick out some colorful flowers – we recommend a mix of annuals and perennials.

Plant in an area of your yard that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Thoroughly prep your soil so that roots can spread easily, plant your flowers and water the recommended amount. Add mulch loosely around the stems to keep weeds at bay. With proper landscaping, you will be amazed at how vibrant and colorful your summer garden can be.

Have a Picnic

Minnesota is home to some breathtaking natural beauty, making it one of the best places in the country to picnic. Get creative with food choices, but don’t forget the classics like fresh fruit, a cheese spread and hearty sandwiches.

Como Park, Centennial Lakes and the Theodore WIrth Pavilion are some of the best places to picnic in the Twin Cities. Remember to check the weather before you leave and pack plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. If you can’t make it to your local park, try sprucing up your lawn and having a picnic in your backyard.

DIY Lawn Games

Want a fun summer activity on a budget? Set up some DIY lawn games in your backyard, such as a sprinkler or Slip N Slide. Kids will have a blast and your lawn will get the water it needs.

On days when you aren’t watering your lawn, try a lawn game like cornhole, oversized Jenga or Connect Four. Soon you will see why lawn games are some of the most popular family summer activities in Minnesota.

Clean Up Your Neighborhood

Many of us have additional free time in the summer to help our community. Volunteer with a seasonal cleanup group to keep lawns, city parks and public spaces nice and clean.

Volunteer cleanup groups are often open to all ages, so if you are looking for things to do in the summer that will keep the kids busy, look no further. Check with your city’s official website or Parks & Recreation board for more information.

Go Horseback Riding

Trail rides are a great addition to any family vacation or summer day trip. Enjoy a scenic trail and befriend a few horses while you’re at it.

Many stables welcome young children of all skill levels, but be sure to check age and experience requirements beforehand. We recommend the Outback Ranch, Bunker Park Stable and Silver Sage Guest Ranch for memorable trail rides.

Get More Done This Summer

Scott’s Lawn Care has the tools you need to make the most of your summer. Whether you need scheduled mowing, sprinkler maintenance or landscaping services, our experienced team is happy to help. Contact us today to get started!

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