(StatePoint) With a few supplies and some inspiration, your backyard can be the site of a summer adventure. Here are a few ways to slip into vacation mode without even leaving home.
Take a Camping Trip
Whether all the campsites at your favorite park are booked solid or you just want to skip the traffic jam heading out of town, you can recreate the fun of a camping trip in the convenience of your backyard. Invite friends to pitch tents and then spend the evening grilling, having sing-a-longs, making smores, playing games, telling ghost stories and stargazing.
With the security of electricity and the convenience of indoor plumbing just a hop, skip and a jump away, this is a great idea for families with young kids who have never camped before or anybody who prefers the luxuries of “glamping.”
Go for a Dip
Love swimming but want to dodge crowds and avoid locker room hassles? Turn your backyard into your own swim club. Nearly any backyard can accommodate an easy-to-setup Intex pool. Available nationwide at a variety of big box, club, sporting goods and specialty stores as well as numerous online retailers, Intex offers both smaller options that are great for kids, such as a unicorn-themed spray pool with a 40-gallon capacity, as well as larger options. Prism Frame pools available in three shapes and sizes to accommodate people of all ages, feature filtration systems with Hydro Aeration Technology to remove sediment and keep pool water crisp and free of debris. Pull out some deck chairs, grab some towels, pool toys and some shades and you’ll be all set.
Enjoy your favorite stars under the stars. With a simple projector set-up, you can be the host with the most by turning your backyard into a movie theater. Pick a crowd-pleasing summer classic and get the neighbors involved. If you’re short on seating, consider inviting guests to set up their own blankets and lawn chairs and make it a potluck picnic.
If you want something exciting to do but are not in the mood to travel, just remember to look no farther than the backyard. With a little imagination, there are plenty of adventures to be had on any budget and in any sized space.