Ideas for surviving summer vacation?

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Ideas for surviving summer vacation?
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Thu, 05-28-2009 - 10:58am

If Memorial Day weekend is any indication, we're in for a rough summer. The kids are all going through a critical phase, and they are nitpicking each other to death!


I was thinking about my siblings and I at that age, and I think when

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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 1:31am

http://www.amctheatres.com/smc/movies.html

http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx

The local pavillion at the beach is also doing a few free movies on Friday nights too. So check out your local newspaper websites for stuff specific to your area. I went to google and searched for "Free summer events for kids in ____" and came up with a bunch of different things.

The city parks and recreation department has a listing of activities all over town that are free or reasonably priced. We have a few colleges here as well, and they have summer activities occasionally too for high school students. I would venture it's probably part of their attempt to recruit future students, among other things.

One of our museums has occasional Saturdays free admission, you just have to put up with vendors. Another art museum here has free admission every Tuesday evening from 4-9 with a brief overview tour of the museum from 7-7:45 PM.
We also have a minor league baseball team here, and I don't know if the football team is doing public practices or not yet.

We're near enough to an area that has a lot of Catholic history and a couple places like a shrine, a minor Basilica, and some other local history to it. It's one of my favorite "field trips".

I just don't know how up to any of these things I'll be since I just hit the 6th month of this pregnancy. On my last doctor visit to follow up from the *lovely* ER adventure, I had dd with me b/c she went home sick. Her ears hurt that morning, which was probably related to the mini vacation we took the week before. We went to lunch after my doctor's visit and then walked on the beach a while. I am likely to do that again since my doctor's office is mere seconds from the beach. I might be able to con the boys into going with me, especially if it means they can go to the beach.

~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

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~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 8:27am

We are doing VBS abouta

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 9:08am

We do VBS-es and not just our own,RCC one either.

 

 

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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 11:05am

Thanks! But I think I need to restate my question -- I'm looking for ideas on things to do together, at home. The kids all have camps, and supervised playground. I've got the free summer movies and free concert lists already. We have memberships at the zoo, and at 3 museums, so that is covered. We'll go canoeing and hiking, I imagine.


But there will also be time here, particularly if I'm busy working. I'm thinking of tie-dying some shirts, studying some biographies, making food from different countries, baking desserts together...just some of my ideas.


Polly

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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 7:11pm

I am hoping my teen will find a job for the summer that will keep her busy.

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Fri, 05-29-2009 - 11:50pm
I am not sure of the ages of your children, but here are some suggestions.

Roz

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Mon, 06-01-2009 - 2:09am
My dd learned to knit in January and hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet. So I plan on working with her on that. She gets frustrated easily so it's a challenge to her on several levels. She also got a paint-by-number thing, and some other painting stuff for her birthday so I'm sure the kids will be doing artsy stuff this summer too.
Maybe you can do a saint of the week or something? The kids have to do their own research and come up with 5 different factoids about the saint. Depending on their ages, you could make it so that they have to come up with something different than their siblings did. THAT would be annoying and challenging at the same time. It might get them to seek out the obscure stuff which might help later with research papers.
~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

Irish siggy courtesy beaches59

~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Mon, 06-01-2009 - 11:04pm

I'm going to need ideas too! -At least I only have a newly 5 year old and 15 month old to entertain. Tie dying is a big hit around here. We also like to make popsicles, homemade ice cream, and sno cones. Picnics at the park (short bike trip away) are fun. I just bought a TON of sidewalk chalk, so we've been drawing chalk outlines of each other on the driveway. It kind of looks like a crime scene, but it's fun! Ian got one of those parachutes for his birthday last month. It's large enough so 8 kids can form a circle around it and do the parachute tricks. It's a huge hit in the neighborhood. You really need at least 4 kids to make it work, though.

Really, around here we just do the easy stuff. My kids are young enough to where they're easily entertained. I could blow bubbles all day (and we have!) and Lucy would be perfectly happy!

What about getting a few board games for when it's just too hot to be outside?

Good luck! I've noticed that this year it is more difficult to keep Ian occupied. I don't even want to think about how it's going to be in a few years. :S








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Tue, 06-02-2009 - 12:04pm

I'm a fan of the Staycation.