We had such success last year with our Summer Activity List that we decided we absolutely must write one up for this year. Some items are repeats, some are new. Some are my ideas, some are the kids'.
Our purpose is to always remember that we do have something better to do (than watch TV, play video games, fight with each other, etc.), to have fun, to learn, to connect with the community, and to create lasting memories. I absolutely want to have a relaxed, laid-back, stress-free summer! I just want to make sure we're also making good use of our time and not only lazing around. A certain amount of lazing is required, though!
Alexander's last day of school was yesterday and in my book, that makes today the first day of summer.
So, here is this year's list:
1. Go to the beach.
2. Go to the pool.
3. Go to the lake (Cunningham Falls).
4. Learn to climb trees.
5. Go camping.
6. Go to a Frederick Keys baseball game.
7. Go to Medieval Times.
8. Practice football.
9. Take a walk and pick up trash in our neighborhood.
10. Read 600 minutes for library summer reading program.
11. Visit the Museum of Natural History.
12. Make soft pretzels.
13. Make a family tree.
14. Visit Grandma and Grandpa.
15. Visit PopPop.
16. Go ice skating.
17. Hike the White Trail at Gambrill.
18. Paint our faces.
19. Feed birds.
20. Have a dance party.
21. Have a pajama day.
22. Teach Jack to identify all the letters.
23. Write and illustrate a book.
24. Plan a random and anonymous act of kindness for a friend.
25. Go to the bouncy place at the mall.
26. Write a letter.
27. Have a completely electronics-free day.
28. Have a star-gazing night.
29. Make ice cream.
30. Visit animals at the pet shop.
31. Go to the zoo.
32. Go to Dutch Wonderland.
33. Get a learn-to-draw book and practice.
34. Make our own pinata.
35. Go to Lurray Cavern.
36. Do sidewalk chalk.
37. Go in the sprinkler.
38. Take food to the food bank.
39. Have a picnic.
40. Play frisbee.
41. Have a water gun fight.
42. Do something kind for a stranger.
43. Ride bikes.
44. Learn some Spanish words.
45. Have our own field day games.
46. Play board games.
47. Make a Lego City.
48. Learn something new about Maryland.
49. Learn a few things about Germany and China (or other areas that our ancestors are from).
50. Have a Kids Cook day where kids must prepare all our meals.