7 Backyard Activities to Do This Long Weekend

The first long weekend of the season is here! Covid restrictions may have ruled out your usual plans, but don’t let the stay-at-home order stop you from enjoying yourself! Here are some ideas for activities to try out in your own backyard this Victoria Day weekend. 

1. Have an outdoor movie night

String of lights in a backyard.

There’s nothing like watching a movie on a big screen, especially outside. You can create this experience at home during the long weekend with a projector, a speaker, and a portable screen or white sheet.

Just hook up a projector and sound system to a laptop (or a smart TV, if you have one), and get ready to stream! Depending on your setup and the type of projector you have access to, you can also connect your projector to a streaming service via Bluetooth or a casting device.

If you’re using a sheet as your screen, you can hang it between two trees, from a clothesline, or against the side of your house. Hanging the sheet against the garage door and watching from your driveway is also a good option.

Wherever you set up your screen, set the mood and make the experience special! Bring out lanterns or candles, put up string lights, lay out blankets and pillows, and prepare lots of snacks.

Did you know that you can make popcorn on a smoker grill or barbecue? Click here for some fantastic popcorn recipe ideas!

2. Have a barbecue

It may seem too obvious to bother mentioning. Still, nothing can bring your household together like firing up the grill and setting an outdoor table. To make this long weekend barbecue stand out, you can:

– Try a new recipe
– Give it a theme
– Pair it with a craft beer, wine, or whiskey tasting (if it’s a grownups-only evening).
– Challenge yourself to prepare foods from a country whose cuisine you’ve never tried before!

3. Prepare a clambake

Seafood bake cooked on a barbecue.

Do you barbecue so often that it doesn’t feel like a big deal anymore? Break the mould this weekend with a clambake! Check out this easy (and absolutely mouthwatering) recipe to make a New England clambake on your smoker grill!

Want to branch out and try other exciting surf dishes? There are so many amazing options to try out on the grill!

Check out these seafood recipes from The Big Green Egg and Traeger Grills…the most challenging part will be choosing which one to try first!

4. Camp out

Mom and son camping in their backyard for the long weekend.

Redefine ‘staycation’ and pitch a tent in the backyard! Go for all of your favourite camping pastimes, whether it’s cooking over the campfire, enjoying a beer, or sharing scary stories.

Want to keep the kids outdoors for as long as possible? From scavenger hunts to flashlight tag, here are some activity ideas to keep the little ones busy!

5. Make long weekend s’mores!

Smores being cooked on bbq in backyard for long weekend.

Stock up on your graham crackers, marshmallows & chocolate… and maybe a few other things once you read THESE mind-blowing embellished s’more ideas! (Spoiler: someone used Reese cups. Wow. Not all heroes wear capes.)

Both an activity and a dessert, making s’mores around a campfire or firepit is an excellent finale to any beautiful summer day.

 If you don’t have a backyard firepit, here are some s’more recipes that can be prepared on a smoker grill!    

6. Plant your garden

Flower bed added to a backyard garden.

With the risk of frost now behind us, Victoria Day weekend is a great time to plant your garden! 

Whether you started your seeds indoors or plan on buying plants and flowers at a local garden center, take advantage of the extra day off to get all of your plant babies in the ground. 

7. Try a DIY project

Hands cutting wood.

For many of us, the lockdown has brought out our inner creatives, builders, and tinkerers. Is there a DIY project you’ve been meaning to get around to soon? Set yourself up on the lawn or the deck and get cracking!

Looking for inspiration? HERE are over 50 genius DIY projects for the yard, from benches and firepits to trellises and planter boxes.

Happy long weekend!


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