3 Ways to Make the Pandemic Summer Memorable

Kris Dureau |



Covid-19 probably altered many of your family’s summer plans. Some activities that you’ve been looking forward to for months might have to wait until 2021. But just because this summer is going to be different doesn’t mean that it can’t be special. Here are three ways that your family can make the most of this unusual summer and create some lasting memories.


1. Cancelled vacation? Take a few mini vacations.


Destination vacations involve some combination of airports, restaurants, public bathrooms, hotels, resorts, and theme parks. Each one of those stops increases your family’s chances of catching or spreading Covid-19, especially if you were planning on staying in a shared indoor space for multiple days.


Travelling closer to home by car can limit many of those risks. A more local vacation schedule could also give you a chance to take multiple small trips instead of one big trip. Mix up a weekend at a campground with day trips to apple orchards, nature preserves, or hiking trails. Find the best burger, ice cream, and pizza in a 100 km radius. Has an old drive-in movie theater reopened a couple towns over? Is there a new golf course within driving distance?


These smaller trips are never going to replace Disney World, especially if you have kids. But you and your family might discover new interests and activities near your home that become treasured traditions.


2. No camps or sports? Organize your own.


Sharing group accommodations and playing close-contact sports are also off the table for many kids this summer. Baseball and individual sports like golf and tennis can be safer as long as everyone uses their own equipment, wears a mask, and maintains social distance while playing. Maybe this is the summer to encourage your soccer star to branch out a little bit and pick up a tennis racket.


On the other hand, if you have older kids who are really trying to hone their skills, your backyard or a local park could host your family’s own sports camp. Schedule some time every day to help your athlete practice or play small games with household members. For the last few weeks I have been carving time out of each day to help my daughter sharpen up her rep soccer skills.  This is now something we both look forward to that we have never done before.  If you’re not usually the coaching type, you can find drills and training exercises on YouTube and other online learning platforms.


You can use those same services to recreate an indoor social camp experience for your young scientist, craft enthusiast, musician, or chef. You could even organize a video call with some of your child’s friends so that they can all work through a project together. Roast some s’mores in the oven while your daughter is knitting and Zooming and she’ll enjoy some of the fun of camp with none of the homesickness. 


3. Big party? Move it outside.


Grandma and Grandpa’s 50th anniversary dinner might require a little extra planning. Depending on local guidelines, your family’s health, and your risk tolerance, you might still decide to get together at a restaurant. But moving parties outside can relieve some stress and keep everyone safe while also allowing your family to celebrate important milestones together.


If you don’t want to ask guests to bring their own food and drinks, designate one food handler who will wear a mask and gloves while pre-portioning everything in disposable containers. Clean a bathroom near a door and stock it with hand sanitizer and disposable towels. Encourage your guests to wear masks when they’re not eating and drinking. And if you’re worried about maintaining social distance, use cones or groups of chairs to designate specific areas of your yard for individual households.


One benefit of having plans is that when you know what you want to accomplish, it’s easier to make adjustments when the unexpected pops up. If you need some help keeping your new summer plans in sync with your long-term financial planning, let’s have a chat.