Yesterday was the official first day of summer! It’s been rainy and unseasonably cold here this week, but I’m not letting that dampen my seasonal enthusiasm. I thought it could be fun to share a few items on our summer fun list today (the last time I did this was in 2017!), as well as a few thoughts on how we’re handling summer break with our rising second grader (and two preschoolers!). First up, the summer bucket list.
Summer Fun List
— Go on at least one thrifting excursion
— Make popsicles
— Eat breakfast in the backyard
— Take neighborhood walks after dinner
— Enjoy a nostalgic date night while in Connecticut
— Splash at Fews Ford
— Play tennis once a week (ambitious!)
— Have pizza at the pool
— Have pizza at Dix Park
— Take the kids to the new splash pad at Pleasant Park
— Make our favorite peach-blackberry cobbler
— Road trip to the Betty Confetti craft club with June (join us!)
— Go to a Bulls game with the tickets the kids earn from their summer reading program
— Jump off the wharf at the Island (if it’s warm enough! Right now the forecast looks chilly!)
— Take our paddle boards somewhere new
— Use our Museum membership with friends
— Enjoy a stopover in DC on our road trip home from New England
Last year, I shared some thoughts at the end of the summer on how we handled June’s first summer break as two working parents. It was a popular post, so I’m planning to write this year’s version in a few months, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give a brief overview of what we have planned.
This year, as I suspected, we were able to back off formal programming a bit – she’s a year older, we have last year’s summer experience under our collective belt, and my work hours are reduced. It’s worked out that about every other week she has a camp or activity or family travel, alternating with weeks spent at home. These weeks at home are meant to be relaxed time to be a kid – to roam outside, to read, to play with neighborhood friends, to be bored and use her imagination – and, on my days off, to have fun together.
Over the last few weeks I did squirrel away a few inexpensive activities to “seed” her time at home; I’m planning to dole one out each week. Think: a pack of modeling clay, a paint-by-number kit (I got two – this one and this one – so we can do them together), a giant coloring poster, the BDP watercolor class, the drawing passport book, and a math workbook that actually sounds really fun and that I know she’ll love.
Two weeks in, things are going more smoothly than I had hoped. Here’s to two more months of sweet summer! I would, of course, love to hear a few items that are on your summer fun list :)
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