OK, summer’s not quite here – Book Boy still has 2.5 days left of school.
Since this is the first (and likely only) summer that I’ll be home with the kids, we have some plans. BB has quite a mental list, in fact. (I do have to limit him to things that are free or cheap, though, so his idea of “eating out once a week” got nixed.)
Here are some of the things we’ve got planned:
- Searching out local parks with good playgrounds, at least a couple of times a week. There are tons of parks within, say, a 20 minute drive, so this should keep us busy all summer.
- Taking walks at our “special walk places,” such as the local university’s botanical gardens. Little Sister and I have actually been doing this for a few weeks already, and it’s been great. (See pic.) She gets quite annoyed when I cancel our walks due to possibility of rain.
- Visiting local farmers markets (there are several). We also plan to visit the Eastern Market later in the summer, when more of the local crops that we like (like tomatoes) start coming in.
- Going to movies at the dollar theater! LS can finally sit through a movie, and you can’t beat $1! (Unless, of course, we go on Monday or Tuesday, when it’s $.50 all day!) Just have to make sure we stay away from the snack bar.
- Playing in our backyard pool. It’s not huge, but it’s big enough for the kids (and me and Tim) to goof around in. The kids love it.
- Spending extra time with my parents.
- BB will also go to day camp for a week. He’s extremely excited about it.
So, I think we’ve got enough planned (no specific plans, though) to keep the kids busy without actually over-scheduling them, which I hate. I really want them to have a laid-back, do-what-we-want kind of summer.
Anyone have any other suggestions for us? What are YOU planning to do with your kids this summer?