Exploring Your Local(e)

in Tips and Tricks

summer staycationSummer is the perfect time to reconnect with what’s going on in your neck of the woods. If you’re looking for something to do this upcoming holiday weekend, why not check out what’s just beyond your back yard? It’s always fun to get away when there’s an upcoming three-day weekend, but not everyone has that luxury. Staycations are quickly becoming more popular for those who want to relax and take in part of the local scene that they’ve never explored before.

Here are some ways to keep you and your family entertained if you do decide to stick around your hometown this weekend:

Farmers’ Markets

In downtown Kansas City, we have the River Market. It’s a hodgepodge of merchants: local food growers, bakers, and crafters who get up at the crack of dawn every Saturday to offer up homemade and homegrown goods. It’s usually hot, sticky and crowded, and you must be born lucky if you can find parking after 9 a.m., but it’s an amazing way to spend a Saturday. You can get some great deals on fresh produce, and find some exotic foods, spices and goods that you may not find elsewhere.

Fruit/Vegetable Picking

Picking fruit is one of my favorite things, since I don’t have a yard to grow my own. There’s something about getting out and getting your hands in the dirt that’s sort of invigorating. I remember my mom buying seed packets from the store when I was a kid and growing radishes. I never had a taste for them (I was a picky eater), but the idea of growing something myself was so cool! There are some berry farms near Kansas City, and some farms will let you pick veggies as well. It’s fun, gets you out of the house and is almost like having your own garden, minus the growing part.

Live Music

This time of year, there are sure to be music festivals nearby where you can take the whole family. If not music, some cities have theater in the park, Greek festivals and other types of live entertainment. Don’t forget to do some research on a 4th of July spot for fireworks! We were able to find a great, secluded spot last year on a hill, just north of downtown where you could see the beautiful Kansas City skyline.

Pottery & Painting

I just went to a local pottery cafe this past weekend and painted something for my niece. It’s a great way to relax and get out of the heat. There are also places where you can paint while sipping a glass of vino. You don’t have to be amazingly artistic either! Many studios have design templates and employees that will lend a hand if you aren’t a natural Picasso.

Volunteering

Volunteering is one thing you can do if you want to help a local organization in a big way, as many are always looking for an extra hand! It’s a great way to give your time if you are staying around town this weekend. Animal shelters make for a great volunteering experience, though some may require additional training beforehand.

The Great Outdoors

If the outdoors are more your thing, why not use this extra time off to bike, run a 5K, hike on a trail or camp out in your own backyard? If you have access to a pool or lake, this is always a fun option too. Who doesn’t love basking in the sun next to a body of water? Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

Whatever you end up doing this holiday weekend, just remember to kick back and enjoy! The point is to relax, reconnect and recharge your batteries however you choose.

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Lundmark!

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