by Mikkie Mills
With summer just around the corner (the official first day of summer is Monday, June 20), many people have already scheduled their first trip to the cabin. Going to the cabin is a regular component of many people’s summer routine. Even if your family does not own a cabin, try asking your circle of friends. At least one of them is bound to possess one. If this is not possible, campgrounds usually have cottages that can be rented for the weekend.
Here are some fun cabin activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether they are renting a cabin, staying at a friend’s place, or a cabin that has been in your family for years.
1. Day Trips
While the cabin and the surrounding nature itself can be an excellent destination, you may want to plan some day trips to see the sights. This is especially true if you’re renting a cabin in a new place. Places of interest are easily found online and can include museums, historical sites, gardens, and shopping malls.
If you have access to Costco Disneyland tickets, a trip to the amusement park will really put a smile on everyone’s face.
2. Water Balloon Fights
A water balloon fight is a wonderful way to cool off on hot summer days at the cabin. Although water balloon fights are fun for the whole family, the activity may be too vigorous for small children. It may also be a good idea to divide the parties playing into teams of similar ages since a bunch of 10-year-olds facing their teenager cousins may be an unfair struggle, and it is crucial to keep these summer cabin activities fun and interesting.
If you’re staying near a lake, you will almost certainly encounter someone fishing. Fishing is a fun summer sport for individuals of all ages, as long as younger children are supervised by adults who can assist them in baiting their hooks. Even though fishing involves a lot of patience, the sensation of hauling in a big fish can be quite fulfilling.
Fishing season dates differ by state, so research it ahead of time. Many states allow children 16 and under to catch and release fish without a license in the presence of a licensed adult. States also usually offer 1-3 day passes, so you don’t have to buy a whole year for a short stay.
People who stay in the cabin for an extended period of time soon understand that they must return home. Making a scrapbook is one activity that might help preserve these cabin memories. Scrapbooks can be obtained at most stores, and a good digital camera isn’t always required. Aside from images and stickers, you can add pressed wildflowers to scrapbook pages as beautiful touches.
5. Yard Games
Traditional yard games such as bocce ball, horseshoes, and bean bag throwing are ideal cabin activities for friends and family. These games are simple to set up and can be played as tournaments that last all weekend or as a fast match before dinner.
For more active kids, try a game of touch football, soccer, or ultimate frisbee. The vigorous activity will wear them out and get them ready for a swim in the lake.
Summer, cabins, campfires, and s’mores all wear made for each other. It’s hard to imagine an evening at the cabin without a campfire. If you’re lucky enough to already have a fire ring, making a fire is easy. You can quickly make a fire-safe ring by gathering some large stones or even cinder blocks.
Plan ahead and have marshmallow sticks ready to go; everybody will be anticipating the s’mores! Other campfire treats include PB&J pocket sandwiches, popcorn, and roasted wieners. Your whole family will enjoy munching their snacks and telling ghost stories around the fire.
Summer is a great time to collect some treasured memories. A vacation at the cabin will provide those memories and a whole lot of fun to boot.