Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer Sanity Saver List

EEEKKKK!!!  There's only four more days of preschool.  And since Noah doesn't go on Fridays, that means... gasp... there's only three more days of preschool.  Now don't get me wrong I'm excited to have him home, but the prospect of a full summer stretching out before us puts me into a semi-state of panic.  How will I keep us all busy?  How will I keep us all from crashing in front of the TV all day?  Or worse yet, wandering through Target buying things I really don't need?

So in my panic a few night ago, I sat down and started a Summer Sanity Saver List.  I tried to come up with all the normal, unusual, and fun activities I could come up with.  Oh, yeah, and I also had to consider that we usually hit 110 degrees in the first week.

I knew all the usual stuff about spending the summer at the pool and lake, but wanted to come up with some other ideas too for when we just can't stand the heat or just need to crash at home.  Here's what I've come up with so far:

Minimal prep:
Teach Me Mommy lessons
Reading lessons
Chapter book
Water balloons
Go for ice cream
Make stove top popcorn or smores
Lay out under the stars
Visit the butcher
Visit a bakery
Go to the library
Frisbee, hula hoop, jump rope
Dollar store crafts
Press flowers/ garden
Paint pet rocks
Play with bubbles
Make lemonade
Have picnic breakfast
Marble or finger painting
Seasonal crafts (4th of July, etc)

A few hours:
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Preschool Water Play hour
Pack for lunch at the park
Pack for the Fantasy Fountain water park
Dollar movies
Go bowling
Make homemade ice cream
Tour the fire dept
Go to the Bounce House
Go to Chuck E Cheese
Wash the car
Invite a friend over for movie night
Themed dinner nights
Scavenger hunt
Go to the YMCA pool
Gym lessons
Camp out on the trampoline

Full day trips:
Pack for swimming at the lake
Tour the tortilla factory
Go camping
Tour a olive packing plant?
Go berry picking
Go to Lassen park
Go to Castle Craggs

We'll also be taking swim lessons and spending a few days at the beach.  Plus fireworks on the 4th.  Anything else I'm not thinking of?  How do you keep your kids from vegging or driving your crazy all summer?

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Kristin said...

That's a great list of activities. We spend a ton of time at the pool. My older kids have a few summer camps they do and my youngest will maybe have a short camp for the first time.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are all great ideas! :) You sound like a fun mom. Thanks so much for the visit to my blog! :)

Nikki said...

Great ideas! I will have to try some of them out. We do lots of art projects, blowing bubbles, nature walks, etc. Summer can be long if not well planned. Have a great weekend.

Eos Mom said...

Wonderful list, I just printed it! Thanks!

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