Fall Edition: How to Be a Tourist In Your Hometown

Autumn is a wonderful time of year. The changing leaves and cooler temperatures are a major part of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. Exploring your hometown is one of the best ways to enjoy fall. Attend local outdoor events or on rainy days revisit past favorites. If you need inspiration on how to be a tourist in your hometown, check out the following for ideas.

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Research

When was the last time you spent wandering around your hometown or the surrounding area?

  • Begin by researching your hometown.  
  • Look for anything new that interests you.
  • Join social media groups that focus on your hometown or county. The shared information is a great resource.
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Check Seasonal Events for Autumn

The changing seasons bring new community events. The autumn events are generally a yearly occurrence.

  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Pumpkin weighing contests
  • Corn mazes
  • Haunted houses
  • Homecoming parades
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Craft shows
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Write a Local Bucket List

Approach your hometown like any other travel destination. Begin by making a list of places you want to see. Are you traveling solo or with family and friends? Travel buddies are a great way to enjoy your hometown experience with a new perspective.

  • Check out new restaurants, revisit childhood favorites, and go to art galleries, historical sites, or other interesting events.
  • Consider taking a different mode of transportation to get around your hometown. Ride the bus, rent an e-bike, or walk around your neighborhood. The change in transportation is a great way to see everyday sights from a new perspective.
  • Go ahead and use coupons for discounts on meals, tours, or admission costs.  Many coupons use free items as an incentive for spending a certain amount of money. Businesses use self-promoting products as a way to draw tourists to their locations.
  • Check out the tours of your local hometown attractions. Follow the tour guide throughout the museum or local sites. Every tour is a learning experience.
  • Buy postcards.
  • Take business cards.
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Document Your Travels

Do not forget your camera. Or use your phone to document your travels around your hometown.

  • Eat or get a beverage at a local café. Try the hometown special. If you are traveling solo, bring a small journal with you. Use the time at the cafe to write notes about your day’s experiences.
  • Take photos of everything. Even if you pass the place every day going to work or running errands, stop and take a photo. Try different angles. The final results may surprise you.
  • After each hometown adventure, create a scrapbook with photos, postcards, and notes.

Have fun! Enjoy your day acting like a tourist in your hometown.

How to Celebrate Going Back to Hogwarts

Imagine you are eleven years old, did you get your Hogwarts letter? It’s time to go back to Hogwarts. Every year, millions of Harry Potter fans also known as Potterheads recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. J.K. Rowling, the creator of the beloved series, said it best, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

 Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, enjoy your journey back to Platform 9 ¾.

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  • Reread the Series: Snuggle under a fuzzy blanket with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Or use September 1st to start rereading the entire series.
  • Listen: Are you trying to study? Clean house? Or other tasks that keep you from reading? Listen to your favorite Harry Potter book.
  • Watch: Host a movie night. Watch your favorite Harry Potter movie (or all). An impromptu movie night is a perfect way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts. Along with the Harry Potter series, you can watch Fantastic Beasts or the new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special reunion.
  • Music: Do you have a long commute to school or work? Turn up your favorite Harry Potter soundtrack to pass the time. Or tune out the rest of the world by putting your headphones on and enjoying the sounds of the Wizarding World.
  • Get Crafty: Did you recently view a Wizarding World craft online? Today is the perfect day to let your creative side shine brightly. From potion bottles to ornaments for your Christmas tree, making crafts is a great way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. The best part is you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter as you craft.
  • Food & Beverages: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with an entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
  • Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
  • Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.

Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”

Benefits of Bowling

Did you know today, August 13, 2022, is National Bowling Day? Beginning in Rome and Greece, the sport of bowling is over 4000 years old. Here, in America, bowling is a favorite past-time for millions of people.

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Bowling is a billion-dollar industry with leagues, competitions, and tournaments. But you do not have to bowl a 300 game to enjoy the sport. The overall health benefits of bowling may surprise you.

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  • Weight Loss: Bowling requires lifting, bending, and other movements to get the ball down the lane. Every time, you step up to bowl, you use your arms, shoulders, wrists, and leg movements to hopefully get a strike. When you bowl on a regular basis, the amount of exercise increases your chances to lose weight and gain muscle strength.
  • Reduce Health Risks: Failing to exercise on a regular basis poses numerous health risks. Regular exercise lowers your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Bowling and other regular exercise routines increase bone density and help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If you bowl once a week in combination with other forms of exercise routines, you gain optimal health benefits.
  • Eye-Hand Coordination: Bowling requires eye-hand coordination and large motor skills. The sport requires focus, concentration, and the ability to strategize your bowling technique.
  • Family Oriented: Bowling is an easy sport to learn. Modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring systems that display overhead. The new computerized scoring allows everyone to focus on the game. 
  • Socialization: Whether you join a league or participate in “open bowl”, bowling is a social sport. Put away your electronic devices and phones. Soon, you will be cheering the strikes, and laughing at the gutter balls. Being with friends or family members is a great stress reliever.

 Many bowling alleys offer pizza and other snacks which is perfect for family night, date night, or just out with friends.

August Drawing Prompts

Are the warm days of August keeping you indoors? Or do you enjoy sitting outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the sounds of nature? In either case, drawing is a wonderful way to spend your leisure time. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for August.

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  1. Self Portrait
  2. Flowers (Sunflowers are in full bloom this time of year. Perfect inspiration!)
  3. Food
  4. Favorite Movie Scene
  5. Historic
  6. Robot
  7. Favorite Cartoon Character
  8. Architecture
  9. Patterns
  10. Nature Scene
  11. Favorite Superhero
  12. Favorite Animal
  13. Friendship
  14. Colorful
  15. Sky
  16. Water Fountain
  17. Trees
  18. Favorite Book
  19. Earth
  20. Underwater Scene
  21. Steampunk
  22. Hot Air Balloons
  23. Space Craft
  24. Space/Galaxy
  25. Planets
  26. City Scene
  27. Statue
  28. Favorite Person
  29. Pet
  30. Bridge
  31. Artist’s Choice

Have a wonderful month! Get creative!

August Photo Prompts

August is here! The last month of the summer is a great time to be outdoors. Grab a camera and go on an adventure. Go to your local park, pack a picnic basket, and take photos. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for August.

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  1. Selfie in the Sun
  2. Love
  3. Food
  4. Sunrise/Sunset
  5. Style
  6. Nature
  7. Favorite Place
  8. Colorful
  9. Change
  10. Silhouette
  11. 3 pm
  12. Street
  13. Shadows
  14. Landscape
  15. Macro (up-close)
  16. Cityscape
  17. Out of Focus
  18. Upside Down
  19. Laughter
  20. Skyscape
  21. Birds
  22. Friendship
  23. Beverage
  24. Alike
  25. Cozy
  26. Water
  27. Art
  28. Path
  29. Different
  30. Bloom
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Have a great month!

Photo Prompts for July

Warm summer days, festive celebrations, fairs, festivals, and the 4th of July are great for photo opportunities. If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for July!

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  1. Selfie
  2. Animal
  3. Upside Down
  4. Happy Independence Day! Celebrate!
  5. Aged
  6. Light
  7. Guilty Pleasure
  8. Texture
  9. Hands
  10. 3 pm
  11. Similar Yet Different
  12. Dusk
  13. Summer Spot
  14. Mirror
  15. Sunrays
  16. Signs
  17. Cozy
  18. View Through a Window
  19. Old Memories
  20. Adventure
  21. Wavy
  22. Pathway
  23. Rock
  24. Flower
  25. Motion
  26. Distance
  27. Landscape
  28. Warmth
  29. Shadows
  30. Patterns
  31. Photographer’s Choice

Have a wonderful month!

Master List of 99 Summer Photo Prompts

Summer is officially here! Warmer weather, family gatherings, and road trips with friends are all part of the summer season. If you want to capture every moment of summer, check out the following master list of summer photo prompts for inspiration.

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  1. An outdoor selfie
  2. Beach
  3. Waves
  4. Sand
  5. Sandcastles
  6. Cool beverages
  7. Sunrise or sunset
  8. Ice cream
  9. Flip-flops
  10. Picnic
  11. New destination
  12. Favorite place
  13. Lazy
  14. Shadows
  15. Rainbow
  16. Shady
  17. Games
  18. Trees
  19. Friends
  20. Sport
  21. Moon
  22. Park
  23. Concert
  24. Hard work
  25. Nature
  26. At rest
  27. At play
  28. Motion
  29. Morning vibe
  30. Trendy
  31. Bright colors
  32. Signs
  33. Barefoot
  34. Sunglasses
  35. Shells
  36. Out the window
  37. Texture
  38. Soft
  39. Made me simile
  40. Fuzzy
  41. Routine
  42. Whimsical
  43. Street
  44. Emotion
  45. Flowers
  46. Upside down
  47. Family
  48. BBQ
  49. Happy
  50. Summer food
  51. Distance
  52. Up close
  53. Path
  54. Kite
  55. Fair
  56. Festival
  57. Sky
  58. Clouds
  59. New
  60. Favorite color
  61. Architectural
  62. Black and white
  63. Childhood memories
  64. Party
  65. Toes in the water
  66. Summer Style
  67. Local spot
  68. Smile
  69. Hiking
  70. Home
  71. Wildlife
  72. Adventure
  73. Splash
  74. Game
  75. Funny
  76. Twisted
  77. Fireworks
  78. Dusk
  79. Insect
  80. Landscape
  81. Creative
  82. S’mores
  83. Artsy
  84. Old
  85. Pattern
  86. Sweet
  87. Patriotic
  88. United States Flag
  89. Parade
  90. Hot
  91. Hidden
  92. Time
  93. Social
  94. Wish
  95. Strong
  96. Metallic
  97. Peaceful
  98. Road trip
  99. End of summer

Have a great summer! Make lots of memories!

50 Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities

During the summer months, everyone enjoys being outdoors. Unfortunately, the weather may not always cooperate with your outdoor plans.  On rainy days, you may hear those words, “I’m bored.” If you are looking for family-friendly rainy-day activities, check out the following for inspiration.

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  1. Paint rocks (Then, on a warm sunny day, hide the rocks around town).
  2. Make homemade cards.
  3. Bake cookies.
  4. Scavenger hunt or treasure hunt
  5. Draw or paint
  6. Go bowling. Or play pop bottle bowling with younger children at home.
  7. Do science experiments.
  8. Create an indoor sandbox or sand table.
  9. Play board games.
  10. Put together a Lego set.
  11. Create tie-dye t-shirts.
  12. Make play-dough.
  13. Do crafts.
  14. Dance party
  15. Make paper airplanes.
  16. Cook a meal together.
  17. Make a blanket fort.
  18. Tea party
  19. Make Slime
  20. Create paper bag puppets.
  21. Put on a puppet show.
  22. Color in color books
  23. Balloon tennis
  24. Tear up small pieces of paper, then make collages.
  25. Put a puzzle together
  26. Go to the library to find a new book to read.
  27. Paint cardboard boxes to make a town.
  28. Put a model together.
  29. Dress up and go out to eat.
  30. Play multiplayer video games.
  31. Make YouTube or TikTok videos.
  32. Visit a museum.
  33. Indoor hopscotch (use tape)
  34. Visit an aquarium
  35. Visit an art gallery
  36. Make pinecone bird feeders
  37. Do salt paintings
  38. Make yarn collages
  39. Create stained glass tissue paper art
  40. Host a playdate
  41. Create popsicle stick art
  42. Create a sensory bin
  43. Write a story together
  44. Make an indoor obstacle course
  45. Movie marathon
  46. Tape roads on the carpet or floor for car races.
  47. Paint clay pots to plant flowers
  48. Bake cookies to pass out to friends or family.
  49. Volunteer
  50. Play in the rain.

Enjoy your rainy days!

70 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Memorial Day often marks the unofficial start to the summer season. Are you ready for summer adventures and fun? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following ideas for your summer bucket list.

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  1. Summer photoshoot with family or friends
  2. Create a summer playlist
  3. Go to the aquarium
  4. Go on a picnic
  5. Make homemade lemonade
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Play mini-golf
  8. Build sandcastles
  9. Go kayaking
  10. Relax on a pool floatie
  11. Visit a nature center
  12. Go for a boat ride
  13. Go hiking
  14. Volunteer
  15. Have a water balloon fight
  16. Go on a road trip
  17. Walk on the beach
  18. Have a bonfire
  19. Eat S’mores
  20. Host a BBQ
  21. Make homemade ice cream
  22. Chase fireflies
  23. Go camping
  24. Go ziplining
  25. Do karaoke
  26. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  27. Attend a music festival or concert
  28. Go Geocaching
  29. Do sidewalk chalk art
  30. Fly kites
  31. Host a movie night
  32. Go to a local fair
  33. Host a game night
  34. Eat breakfast at the beach
  35. Go to the drive-in
  36. Go on a digital detox for 24 hours
  37. Go on a nature walk
  38. Do summer crafts
  39. Make smoothies with fresh fruit
  40. Attend or host a scavenger hunt
  41. Host a tea party
  42. Watch fireworks
  43. Go to the library for summer reading material
  44. Make popsicles
  45. Visit a waterfall
  46. Play Frisbee
  47. Go to a water park or splash pad
  48. Go fishing
  49. Go to an art museum
  50. Visit a national or state park
  51. Paintball fight
  52. Try a new food from a food truck
  53. Visit a new city
  54. Go on a bike ride
  55. Try a new recipe
  56. Build a fort in the backyard
  57. Create a smash journal
  58. Go to a car show
  59. Run through the sprinkler
  60. Make flower crowns
  61. Go tubing
  62. Go to a local carnival
  63. Make tie-dye shirts
  64. Go to a flea market for fresh fruits and vegetables
  65. Make ice cream floats
  66. Make homemade playdough or slime on a rainy day
  67. Dance in the rain
  68. Do random acts of kindness
  69. Create a TikTok or YouTube video
  70. Blow bubbles

Have a great summer!

9 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

Every year, the last Monday in May honors the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have died serving in the United State military.  In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday. Observing the 3-day holiday weekend is different for everyone. Many families host gatherings, attend parades, or go on a road trips. If you are looking for ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, check out the following list for inspiration.  

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  1. Attend a Memorial Day Parade: Many communities honor Memorial Day with a parade.
  2. Moment of Silence or Prayer: Another community activity for Memorial Day focuses on a formal ceremony of raising the United States Flag. Depending on the sponsorship of the event, the activity may hold a moment of silence or prayer for the fallen military members.
  3. Attend a Community Concert: Many communities will sponsor free outdoor concerts for Memorial Day weekend. The concerts generally focus on a patriotic theme. Depending on the events, the concert may ask for donations to support other types of veteran-based events. Or the community may host vendors to make money for future endeavors.
  4. Watch Fireworks:  Another popular community event for Memorial Day weekend is patriotic fireworks. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy the fireworks display with your family.
  5. Volunteer: Volunteering as a family is always a rewarding experience. For example, to honor Memorial Day, many organizations place flags on the headstones of military members. The activity is a simple way to give back. Getting your family involved is a great learning experience.
  6. Visit a Memorial Wall or National Cemetery: Visit a Memorial Wall or walk through a National Cemetery to show respect and honor the men and women who never made it home.
  7. Research Your Family’s Military History: Search your family’s history. Finding information about family members who served is a rewarding experience.
  8. Host a BBQ: Gather your family or friends for a Memorial Day BBQ at your home, the local park, or other areas of interest. When serving, take a moment to recognize the fallen heroes with a toast. The act of toasting is a simple gesture but can easily turn into a long-standing Memorial Day tradition.
  9. Be Thankful: Whether you and your family chose to travel, attend events, or stay home, for Memorial Day weekend, be thankful for your choice.

The Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the summer season. Celebrate, remember, and appreciate the weekend with your family and friends. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

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