Screen time got you face down in your phone? Step away from the electronics this summer and schedule some old school summer fun with your family. We share six fun flashback summer activities to enjoy while the days are long and schedules are less harried. We guarantee there will be memories made!
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
There’s nothing that says summertime quite like a night of minor league baseball under the stars. Most minor league teams offer fun themed nights in the summer, as well as fireworks (and not just on July 4th). You know you need an excuse to eat a ball park hot dog or ice cream in a baseball cap cup.
Roll With It
After you’ve washed down your hot dog and an extra large soft drink during an evening of baseball, you’ll want to burn off some calories. Old school roller skating rinks are the perfect place to beat the heat. They’re cool (literally) and parents will have flashbacks to their own youth when Michael Jackson’s Thriller plays and everyone gets in a circle in the rink to do the hokey pokey. So turn in your shoes, lace up your skates, and get out on the floor!
Nix the Netflix
If you are lucky enough to live near a drive-in movie theatre, this is a summer family bucket list must do and a quaint experience that harkens back to the nostalgic 1950s. Catch a flick under the star-filled skies for less than the price of a traditional indoor chain movie theatre. There are fewer than 350 drive-in theatres left nationwide. Click here to find the nearest location to you and your family.
Start Your Engines
There’s something thrilling about seeing stock cars try to maneuver and pass each other at each turn. Stock car racing is especially popular in the South. The Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville even hosts a first night of school one dollar admission special. Who knows, you might witness the next Dale Earnhardt.
Mitigate the Midway
August typically means county fair time. Whether you are riding a ferris wheel on the midway or enjoying a sweet and sticky funnel cake, an old-school fair offers something for everyone and every age. Not a thrill seeker or into winning a life-size neon stuffed animal? Check out all of the local artisans and entries for canning and baked goods or visit with some of the finest livestock around. The county fair is a great way for suburbanites to view hogs, chickens, and cattle up close and personal. Speaking of which, the smell of a county fair is unforgettable. (And we mean that in a good way!) The Wilson County Fair here in Middle Tennessee, held every August, is one of the top 50 largest county fairs in the country.
Stay Out of the Gutters
Bowling is the perfect indoor family activity on a hot summer day (or night…many bowling alleys offer glow-in-the-dark bowling on weekend nights). Bowling transcends age, with kids from around age 5 to age 85 loving it. Plus it fires up a little competition as everyone gets into it.
Jamie Reeves is a Nashville-based writer, editor, and lover of all things social media. She and her husband Alan have two daughters, two dogs, and too much laundry. This busy soccer mom can typically be found cheering from the sidelines or in her car on the way to school or sports practices. She loves traveling with her family and exploring fun things to do in Middle Tennessee. Jamie has been pontificating about poop and pinot noir at Blonde Mom Blog, since 2005.