Since J is home all summer long, we have to make sure that we have activities that keep us busy and prevent us from driving each other crazy. For this reason, we like to have a daily activity for each day that helps both us and the kids. Last summer, when we still only had two kids, we made sure that we split up the kids so both J and I had a day “off” of kids, so that we could get our own work done. This year we have a baby with two naps to figure into the mix, but here’s the plan we’re thinking of for the weeks when we’re home.
It’s a good guideline and helps us to have an agenda to follow
Sunday- Church/ Often a Day with Family celebrating one of a gazillion birthdays
Monday- Crafts and Culinary Projects Day. Addie adores art. The challenge will be finding activities that Dylan can help with. This will be J’s day “off” for doing his own projects.
Tuesday-Movie Day; Many theaters in our area offer free movies. J will take them and I will have cleaning day at home with Anika.
Pool and/or library day. After our beach week, we think we can join the YMCA, so this might be our main Y day. In addition to regularly frequenting the public library, J’s school library is opening on Wednesday afternoons all summer long, so we’ll probably take Addie to that.
Thursday- Field trip day. There are lots of great affordable places to go without going far. We like to alternate big trips, that take a full day, with smaller ones. Here are a few I’m considering.
- Zoo-We went yesterday; it was fun!
- Cane Creek Park (right here in town) for picnic and lake swimming
- Dan Nicholas Park–has more activities, but is an hour away
- Peach Picking at a Peach Farm–further away
- Discovery Place- Children’s Science Museum here in Charlotte
- Ride the light rail to downtown Imagine On–Children’s Discovery area
- A Play at Children’s Theater or local community college
- BEACH (definitely will do that one in just a few days)
- MOUNTAINS–hiking, tubing, river wading
Friday- Playdate/ Grandparents day. Hopefully between two sets of grandparents and friends we can give the big kids chances to play somewhere else and give us a little time alone or just with Anika. Maybe we’ll even go on a date!
Saturday-FREE DAY/ Shopping at the Farmer’s Market and grocery store.
So that’s the plan for us. What are you going to be doing this summer? Any suggestions for how to beat the heat and the boredom? Do you have crafts, recipes, field trips, or other ideas? I’d love to hear them!