Centers Solutions – COVID EDITION: Summer Fun During a Pandemic


Google Trends reported on twitter the search term: “social distancing get together ideas” spiked 600% in popularity this June. So, how can we have a fun and safe summer during a pandemic? 

Courtesy: Google Trends – Shows Search Spike in June for “social distancing get togethers”

Our experts from the Centers for Children and Families, Executive Director/Therapist, Kristi Edwards, and Marketing Director, Melanie Saiz said it’s crucial now more than ever to have fun with the whole family while social distancing this summer, to improve mental health. 

Edwards said that social isolation and the feeling of being “stuck” can foster depression, which can negatively impact your health. Our experts said that loneliness is linked to attention, executive function, and cognitive function, increasing the chance of developing dementia. It’s essential to participate in social yet safe activities to reduce stress levels, build a stronger immune system, improve memory and cognitive skills, and build resilience. 

When you are out and about this summer, Edwards and Saiz said it’s essential when you are traveling to look up the COVID-19 guidelines, do a quick “crowd check” before entering a restaurant, and always keep face masks on hand.

Here is a list of activities to consider for the summer from our experts at Centers for Children and Families:

  • “Old School” Summer Fun for kids
    • Parents can put on their “camp counselor” hats
    • Nature Walks
    • Hop Scotch
    • Backyard Water Slides
    • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contests
    • Running through the sprinkler
    • Camping in the backyard
    • Making S’mores
    • Water Balloon fight
    • Stargazing
    • Science Experiments in the backyard
    • Tree climbing
    • Outdoor Projector Movie Nights
  • Grown-Up Summer Fun
    • Park Picnics
      • Invite friends to bring large blankets spaced apart to spend time together—BYO Wine & Food
    • Outdoor Book Clubs
    • Kayaking for the Day
    • Make Rose’ Popsicles—or any specialty cooling-off cocktails
    • Finish the perfect summer read
    • Bicycling
    • Take a Master Class 
    • Online Exercise Classes—from anywhere in the world!
    • Go for a scenic drive
    • Go fishing


Along with the weekly Centers Solutions podcast, the team at Centers is also working on a special podcast called Voice from 2020. The goal of the project is to create a time capsule of stories from this challenging year. Whether funny or painful, the team is looking for submissions of recorded stories. For instructions, click here. If you have additional questions, you can email


Centers Solutions: COVID EDITION podcast: Summer Fun During a Pandemic (Available Friday)

For more information, contact Centers for Children and Families:

  • Midland: 3701 Andrews Highway | Midland, TX 79703 | (432) 570-1084
  • Odessa: 4241 Tanglewood Ln. | Odessa, TX 79762 | (432) 580-7006
  • Website:

The Centers for Children and Families are offering free sessions for all Health Care Workers and First Responders fighting Covid-19.

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