Summer vacation means cotton candy and baseball and crossing off #4 on the Six-Tastic Summer List 2.0
Summer vacation is officially upon us. This time last year I had a beach trip on the horizon, followed by a flurry of camps and one very impressive, Six-tastic list prepared to ensure we had an excellent summer.
This year I'm taking a more low-key approach. No week-long beach trip planned, instead we'll take a shorter vacation on Lake Michigan, just the four of us. I cut back on the summer camps, just a couple for each kid, and not until late July.
I couldn't resist making a list, though. It's what I do. A few of our favorites from last summer made the list, along with a handful of things that we didn't get around to last summer, with some new ideas thrown in. I'm hoping with our laid-back attitude this summer, we'll be able to hit more of the things on our list. And if we don't? Not a big deal. The key word this summer is "Enjoy." Enjoy our days with looser schedules and fewer places that require our attendance. Other than the pool, that is. Our attendance is most certainly required there.
And so without further ado, I present the Six-Tastic Summer List 2.0:
- Play a round at Rustic Driving Range & Mini-Golf
- Check out the herons at the Rookery Preserve
- Road trip over to West Lafayette. Visit the zoo and have a meal at the Triple XXX
- Take me out the the Indianapolis Indians ball game
- The dreaded Chuck E. Cheese
- Have a picnic at the IMA's 100 Acres
- Make popsicles
- Join our library's Summer Reading Program
- Take Elena horseback riding at Fort Ben
- Try our hand at letterboxing
- Have some good, clean fun while soap grating/making bubbles
- Have Mike rig up a DIY bike wash
- Set up a backyard obstacle course
- Visit the ARTSPARK
- Hang out at the world's best Children's Museum
- Use our Groupon for the Indiana Historical Society
- Check out the Rhythm Discovery Center downtown
- Beat the heat with some bowling
- Go for a bike ride on the Monon or discover some new bike trails
- Storytime at Mudsocks
- Walk to the gas station for slushies (or "plushies" if you're Eli)
- Fly kites
- Visit Panda(ology) and try not to buy one of everything.
Hoo-boy, that's a long list. But it's a very long summer, and I've found that children who are busy tend to have less time to annoy each other (and their mother) to the point of retaliation. Not that I would ever retaliate. Much.
What fun plans do you have up your sleeve for this summer?