Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Welcoming Summer 2012

I'm having a hard time believing that Isabelle is graduating from kindergarten in less than  a week! What? Where did the time go? I'm not going to lie to you, it was a rough start. What can I say, the girl has my genes, and we don't always do well with change.  Note to future Isabelle, from your mom, who's been there and done that: It get's easier, baby.  We get better with change the older we get.

Now that that's out of the way, we are looking forward to a footloose and fancy free summer. No school, no ballet, no home group.  No real committments. And my children are young so I am raging against the machine that tells me they have to be scheduled into every little activity that comes around. I can see the benefits for some kids at some point.  But we are just not there yet.  I want them to be able to run and play and be care free for a bit longer.  Thier daytimer days will come soon enough!

So, in order to maximize the summer fun, I've put together another list of fun things for us to do this summer. MOST of them are free, and we probably won't hit all of them, but making a list, forces me to look up the info, schedule it in and that way, if we are free and feelin' it, we can make a fun outing out of it. 

  • Go to the pool
  • Do  sprinkler Drive Thru Bike Wash
  • Bonfire/Marshmellow Roast
  • Weekend at Lake Erie/Mini Staycation
  • Go Fishing
  • Go to Outdoor Movie
  • Go to Drive In
  • Watch Fireworks
  • Creekside Paddle Boasts
  • Make Sandcastle
  • Go to Big Splash
  • Go to Farmers Market
  • Fountains at Easton
  • Go to  Parade
  • Ride Carosel at Columbus Commons
  • Take kids to eat at Food Truck
  • Find an ice cream truck
  • Pick strawberries/blackberries/raspberries
  • Go to Columbus Metro Parks Activity
  • Go to kids activity at Homestead Park
  • Paint with Pudding
  • Do Library Reading Club
  • Go on a family picnic
  • Go to Cosi
  • Go to Zoo
  • Catch fireflies to use at nightlights
  • Ohio Craft Museum
  • Columbus Latin Festival
  • Arts in the Alley
  • Star Gazing
  • Go caving in Hocking Hills - another staycation
  • Go to the Works Children's Museum
  • Go o the Wilds
  • Easton Lego store free activity morning
  • Surla Table children's cooking class
  • Free movie morning at local cinema
  • Children's Theatre-Sleeping Beauty
  • Mini Golf
  • Play in fountains at Scioto Mile many weeks do we have in summer? What did I say about being non schedul-y this summer?  Well, I guess I also want to create memories and keep the crazy to a the flip side to that coin is just say no to boredom, television watching, and fighting sisters!


The Polo Club said...

Well this weekend you can cross off bon fire and parade (hopefully is all goes well).

Anonymous said...

Danielle, i am so glad you guys are letting the girls just run and play this summer ,and spending as much time with them as you can ,this time does go so fast,i am looking forward to spending some time with them in a couple of wks.they are two of the most precious little girls ever ,i love them so much,looking forward to seeing all of you this wk.end,love granny

heidi said...

i am totally copying you! :)