Six summer activities: pandemic approved


photo by SJ Weidner

Seniors Fiona Roach, Grace McGovern and Isa Byczek at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.

Fiona Roach

With the vaccine rolling out at an unprecedented rate, and with Illinois planning to fully reopen as soon as June 11, many are hopeful for a more “normal” summer. However, the vaccine is still unavailable to people under the age of 16, so COVID-friendly activities will still be necessary for Summer 2021. 

Here are some of our favorites!

1. Go to a drive-in movie theater. Senior Grace McGovern says, “My friends and I love to go to drive-in movies because they are outside and socially distanced.” Check out McHenry Outdoor Theater or hire MOO-V-Night to bring an outdoor movie to you.

2. Eat outside at a restaurant. Many restaurants have started to offer outdoor dining during the pandemic. As the weather gets warmer, it will be increasingly easy to find places to eat outside and be spaced apart.

3. Go for a picnic. If a restaurant is too pricey or crowded, have a picnic! Junior Natalie Rozmus says, “I like to have picnics with my friends outside and we each bring something to share.”

4. Go hiking. While Illinois is not known for its mountains, there are still great places to hike nearby. Try heading to Starved Rock for some great views and exercise!

5. Have a bonfire. If you or a friend has a fire pit, it can be a great place to hang out while remaining COVID-safe. 

6. Do an outdoor workout with your friends. The best way to motivate yourself to get outside is if you have a friend with you, so make a plan to meet up somewhere for a workout! Spring Rock Park and Waterfall Glen are both great spots.