This summer is definitely going to be like past years. Even though vacation and travelling plans might have to wait until next year, there are still plenty of activities to do while enjoying the summer weather.

“I realized quarantine has made me do things I normally wouldn’t,” Illinois State University senior Tony Cipolla said. “I’ve picked up daily bike rides, fishing, reading, spring cleaning and even looking into graduate schools, things I wouldn’t have had the energy for before.”

Cipolla adds that “The time spent outside being active has improved my mental health.”

While it may be tempting to stay inside and play “Animal Crossing” or watch some Netflix, there are a lot of options out there, for those looking for a fun way to exercise this summer or a creative outlet.

Bike riding

Now may just be the perfect time to break out a bicycle, even if it’s been awhile. Go for rides around the neighborhood or see what trails are close by.

Drive-in theaters

While standard movie theaters may be closed, there are still options for those wanting a fun movie night. The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in Theatre in Gibson City is a 35-minute drive from Bloomington. The movies shown will be “The Goonies” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from Friday through June 18. Tickets are $8 and a food permit for each vehicle is $5.

Roller skating

Another fun way to stay active this summer can be picking up roller skating or roller blading. Whether it’s dusting off an old pair of skates or learning for the very first time it can be a new hobby to dive into during free time. “I wanted to pick up roller skating as a way to motivate me to exercise more,” ISU senior Alisa Christensen said. “I’ve been debating buying a pair for about a year or so and this felt like the perfect time. I still need a lot more practice, but so far it’s been really fun to find places around campus to go skate.”

Chalk art

For those looking for a relaxing creative outlet, maybe see if you have some old sidewalk chalk lying around. Make some temporary art while enjoying the summer sun.

Take a walk

Of course, the typical “quarantine walk” is a great way to get outside this summer. Bored of walking around the neighborhood or campus? See what trails might have opened up near home. The Constitution Trail in Normal is still open of for those looking to walk or jog in the summer sun.

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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