Enjoy your day in the sun
Go fly a kite

Before you know it, the weather will cool down and those sunny days will be behind us. Take advantage of the warm weather and fresh air with these sunny Sunday afternoon activities for families and couples — or even enjoy them on your own.

Fun in the sun before the cold arrives

For families


Go fly a kite

Take the kids outdoors and fly a kite. If you are really adventurous, make one of your own. Fly it at the park, in the schoolyard or at a nearby field. Kite flying on a sunny day is a ton of fun and a terrific way to get your vitamin D.


Head to the ballpark

Get tickets to a ball game for your whole family, whether it's the major leagues or a local game. Get seats in the bleachers and bring gloves so the kids can try to catch a fly ball. Eat hot dogs and peanuts, and enjoy a family day in the sun. Many teams offer family or group discounts on tickets.


Turn on the sprinklers

Sure, the water park is a blast — but it can be expensive. Instead, invest in some cheap water guns and head outside. Turn on the sprinklers, break out the water balloons, and enjoy the afternoon sun while you cool off with some water fun.


Grab your camera

A sunny Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to capture some amazing shots. Take your family to the botanical garden, zoo or the beach — all wonderful backdrops. Even if you are an amateur, you can take terrific pictures these days as the cameras do most of the work for you.

For couples


Dine alfresco

Get a babysitter. Make a date with your hubby or significant other and head to an outdoor cafe. You don't have to spend a lot — just enjoy a fresh fruit platter or only eat dessert. Have a few frothy cocktails and enjoy your Sunday in the sun with good conversation.


Ride a bike

Bicycles aren't just for kids. Biking is a terrific way to spend an afternoon with your partner, and it's great exercise. If you live in a tourist community, rent a bicycle built for two. Most resort and coastal areas have them readily available. Tandem bikes are fun — and not as easy as you think to ride.


Take a walk on the sand

Slather on your sunscreen and head to the beach. Who cares if you aren't in bikini shape? Put on a sundress or cover-up and walk along the shoreline. There's nothing like wet sand oozing through your toes as you enjoy an afternoon in the sun with someone you love.

By yourself


Read at the park

Let your hubby watch the kids for the afternoon while you get a little break. While the weather is still warm, take your reading outdoors. Whether you like romance novels, true crime stories or something in between, head to the nearest park (or even your own backyard) and lounge in the grass while reading. Don't forget your sunscreen.


Lighten up (your hair)

You don't have to spend money at the salon to get sun-kissed highlights; you can highlight your hair with honey, chamomile tea and even beer. For the beer method, empty four bottles of light-colored beer into a basin. Saturate you hair in the beer and then sit outside in the sun. Drink the other two bottles from the six-pack while you wait for the beer to go to work on your hair. About an hour later, rinse out your hair with cool water. Repeat a couple times a week until your hair is the shade you desire. Check out these other ways to get natural hair highlights.


Go shopping

An afternoon of shopping by yourself is a fabulous way to recharge your batteries and grab some "me time." Check out some stores to which you've never been in a neighboring town or suburb. Outlet malls, thrift shops and antique stores are fun destinations. Or head to a high-end boutique and try on designer clothes all afternoon. Who cares if you can't afford them? You're only window shopping.

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Comments on "10 Ways to make the most of a sunny Sunday afternoon"

Gaia June 16, 2013 | 7:09 AM

Hello.Today its Sunday and its so sunny.I had an idea to go I'm the river and have a swim.But its too cold.So I finally found out what to do.I gonna go out to the garden and sunbathe and have a nice drink and just...CHILL OUT !!! Hope you ENJOY !

gaia June 16, 2013 | 7:05 AM

I'm all alone today and there's no one to play with. I don't know what to do.PLEASE help !

Kelly September 20, 2012 | 2:49 PM

I love spending the afternoon in the park. Especially if I'm with my honey! It's such a relaxing way to spend the afternoon, maying in the grass with a nice book on a nice day. Love it!

Lauren September 16, 2012 | 2:14 PM

It's Sunday afternoon right now and my husband's watching football and I'm about to go out shopping! I love walking around the mall and just enjoying the day. Stress-free, relaxed, and calm is how I like to spend my sunday afternoons. Thanks for the ideas!

Shelley September 10, 2012 | 1:37 PM

These are fun ideas! I especially like the one about lightening your hair! I always color my hair darker in the fall and lighter in the spring. I like having my hair follow the trends of the season. I also advise coloring it yourself, especially if you change it often. Going to the salon is a big expense!

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