Father’s Day is a great time to recognize all of the wonderful things dads have done for their children this year. There are many ways to show appreciation, like planning a special event, finding that perfect gift, or doing something nice to help him out. Here are some ideas that are fun for Dad and friendly for the environment.
Prepare an organic breakfast-in-bed
Buy him a nice organic-cotton tie, shirt, or bathrobe
Take him on a trip to a farmer’s market or a local restaurant
Take him to a concert, festival, or sporting event
Set up a hammock for him in the backyard so he can relax
Take him bird watching and take pictures of birds you see
Go on a hike or bicycle ride and spend some quality time together
Get a pair of fishing poles and take him out to the river
Find a nice recipe for dinner that the two of you can make together
Whatever you decide to do, the best part of Father’s Day will be spending some quality time together!
Now that school is out and the weather is hot it’s time to think about what kind of fun activities you can plan to keep the whole family happy. Here is a list of 25 ideas we came up with. Use some of our ideas or come up with a few of your own.
Volunteer at a local animal shelter, nature center, or organization that you support.
Plan a camping trip and head out to the great outdoors.
Visit your local farmer’s market for some yummy produce and local goods.
Use the berries you pick or the farmer’s-market finds to make delicious smoothies!
Have a picnic at a park.
Go canoeing at a local lake.
Have a backyard campfire – with s’mores.
Go biking on a trail.
Plant a garden of herbs and veggies.
Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvas or cardboard.
Visit a museum.
Learn about stargazing and identify as many constellations as possible.
Go outside and play. Volleyball, basketball, baseball, badminton- whatever game you love, get out and start playing.
Get a map of the US and mark off all the exciting places you want to visit.
Lace up your skates and go rollerskating.
Make popsicles with your favorite organic juice.
Visit a flea market.
Pick up a new hobby like painting, writing, fishing, etc.
Visit a national park. The kids can even become Junior Rangers!
Have a game night with charades, Pictionary, Jenga, Monopoly, etc.
Attend an outdoor festival or concert.
Find a local carnival.
Have homemade-pizza night.
Fall into a good book.
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the summer, be sure to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun!
Summer weather is finally here, and with the days staying lighter longer it gives us more time for fun activities. Planning those activities can feel daunting at times, however here are some ideas that will help you create great summer memories while being eco-friendly.
Take a Hike
Connect with nature by taking a walk in local park or nature trail. Take time to check out the trees, wildflowers and birds. Allow the kids to get exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature.
Go for a Bike Ride
Biking is a great exercise, and can be really enjoyable, especially in the evening after dinner. Work off that meal you ate while peddling along with your family and friends.
Visit a Local Farmer’s Market or Street Fair
Search for hidden treasures at street fairs, or find great locally grown produce to incorporate into your menus for the week.
Plant a Garden
Work on making a small garden for some fresh homegrown treats. Gardens come in all sizes from window box gardens to large producing gardens. Find an area for your garden and plant some of your favorite produce.
Host a Potluck Dinner
Invite friends over for an evening of fun. Potlucks allow guests to bring a dish, so this cuts back on energy used for cooking. Pick a theme for the dinner, such as Italian, finger foods, etc. The themes will keep your dinner options varied and allow for some creative cooking.
Escape the summer heat by visiting a local lake or community pool.
Find a local organization such as a local food banks or animal shelter, and offer some help. These organizations are always in need of a few extra hands.
Plan A Mini Vacation
Just because you can’t get a whole week off this summer does not mean you can’t take a mini vacation. Plan a weekend trip to an area within driving distance and enjoy being away from home. You don’t have to stay at an expensive hotel, but you can camp in a campground by a lake or river. Just give yourself time to relax and “unplug.”
Whatever you decide to do this summer, remember to have fun, make some great memories, and as always, think about what you can do to keep your summer eco-friendly.