Where Do You Get Ideas for a Fun Summer? Thursday Topics

June 18, 2009

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It’s summer.  The kids are going crazy.  We all want to do something fun!  Here’s what I need help with:

  • Where do you find ideas for fun summer activities?
  • Looking back, what did your family enjoy doing the most in the summer?
  • How do you choose a vacation?  A location?  What to see and do on the trip?
  • And even trickier:  How do you make it fun for the teens and the littles at the same time?

Would you mind sharing with me and the other readers?

Here are my ideas:

  1. Get a science museum membership or share one.  A herd of stir-crazy kids cooped up indoors during a summer storm can be frightening 🙂
  2. Pick up a local travel guide for the family from your library for your own neighborhood.  I’m amazed sometimes about the cool things right in my area I had no idea existed.
  3. Put the kids in charge of mini-vacations, not the 3-year-old, but maybe a 7-year-old with a lot of help.  Let them do as much of the following as they can:  (Here’s how this is school)
  • Tell them if they can find a fun place to visit within a day’s drive, you’ll make a mini-vacation of it.
  • You could do one a month in the summer with a different kid in charge each time.
  • Research locations, events, and history for the trip at the library.
  • Buy the tickets to any events or activities.
  • Calculate mileage.
  • Print the Google maps.
  • Make online hotel reservations (WOW, Mom!  $100 for ONE night at a hotel?!?).
  • Make a to do list
  • Make a packing list
  • Help younger kids pack and check their bags.
  • Etc.

(I got tired just typing that list – kids just don’t appreciate how much work it is to make sure they have a good time!  They’ll probably think it’s all fun, for a while.)

I’d love to hear your ideas.  Thanks in advance for commenting!  Feel free to post a link to a blog article you’ve posted on the topic.

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  1. sarah June 18, 2009 10:00 pm

    We use the metroparent magazine you can get at your library to check and see what’s going on in the state each day of the month — they sometimes have coupons too for things.

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