5 Ways to Celebrate Summer with Meetup

We’re 9 days into Summer already. It’s time to get moving, try something new, explore your neighborhood and treat yourself to some serious summer fun, Meetup style.

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Get moving

Fitness Meetup groups sport more Meetups per month than most other groups. You’re bound to find something to get your heart rate up that fits nicely into your schedule.

Play recess at a bubble soccer game or join a dodgeball league. New moms can get down with stroller fitness.

Or, embrace the zen, like these Central Park yogis.

 

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 Try Something New

We all feel a little more adventurous this time of year. As temperatures rise, so does that restless voice inside urging us to live a little.

Outdoor Adventure Meetups thrive during this time of year, and boast extra high RSVPs, so it’s the perfect time to jump outside your comfort zone, and meet fellow thrill seekers.

The Beach Bum Social Club takes in beautiful views while paddle boarding in Naples, Florida.

…and once you’ve mastered that, you can move on to ATVs, climbing, or even spearfishing.
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(Photo courtesy of Hiking Hikers member Chris)

Explore

The Hiking Hikers Hiking Group of Phoenix, Arizona, is arguably the most aptly named Meetup of all time. With 98 upcoming Meetups, they understand the value of embracing opportunity, going somewhere new, taking in the sights and seeing what’s out there.

While gearing up for a recent hike, the host reminded members, “As always, bring…your sense of adventure!”

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 Stay local

Members of the Lend a Hand Volunteers Meetup—who call themselves ‘World Changers’—know they can make a big difference close to home.

Our neighborhoods are never as vibrant and alive as they are right now, so show them some love. Clean up a local beach, like the World Changers in Tampa, maintain a trail, or grow something at your local community garden.

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Treat Yourself

If you’ve gotten this far and you still aren’t beat, remember you can also find your people indulging in the simple things. Take a cue from these Tapas Lovers from Madrid, Spain: sit back, relax…and enjoy your Summer. On Meetup.

Meetup Spotlight: Curious Kat’s Adventure Club

curiouskatWe recently connected with Kat, who organizes Curious Kat’s Adventure Club, one of the most active and successful Adventure Meetups in London.

At last count, her Meetup has over 6,000 members and she’s hosted 391 Meetups in just three short years.

New organizers and old organizers alike can benefit from her simple but sage advice on creating compelling Meetups and how to keep things ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

Origins

Meetup: What prompted you to start this Meetup?

Kat: One weekend I really wanted to go hiking but was not able to get a place on the hiking events as they were all full. I rounded up a couple of friends and we went to the location together, without a proper map or any idea what we were doing. We found the way and had a great day. It made me realise that I am a natural at it and if I put a bit more effort I could actually run a group myself. As my interests are varied I slowly started expanding and adding different types of Meetups until I realised that the sky was the limit.

Curious Kat’s Adventure Club is a community of interesting and curious people who like to explore London, England, and – let’s think big – the world in general. We tell members: If you would like to live your life to the fullest, have fun, make new friends and meet like minded people, then this is the place for you.

Know your Members

Meetup: Your Meetup’s location is certainly helpful in finding unique activities and Meetup ideas. How would you advise an Organizer in a more remote or challenging location?

Kat: That’s a very difficult question as I haven’t got any experience with running a group in a remote location. But knowing your group members and understanding their needs is the key. So I would advise them to learn as much as possible about their community.

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Agent November – Spy Adventure

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Over 50 Meetups participating in National Day of Civic Hacking

One of the best things about Meetup is that when people are organized, they’re powerful enough to make a difference.  This Saturday, Meetups all over the country will work to make their communities stronger by participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking. At these hackathons, people partner with local government to come up with technical solutions to our most pressing problems.

Code For America is responsible for planning the National Day of Civic Hacking. And they’re also one of Meetup’s beloved chapter organizations, using the Meetup platform as one of the ways they organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.

There are over 50 civic hacking Meetups scheduled – everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Witchita, Kansas to Tuscon, Arizona, and of course Silicon Valley and New York City, too.

There’s still time to RSVP and get in on the action.  Find a participating Meetup near you.

Photo credit: Beta NYC Meetup