The kids have asked me to do Summer Bingo again and, to be honest, it was a bit more work for ME than I wanted. The kids were only doing things to mark it off and get a bingo instead of doing the things that I want us to do every day (or every week). So I plan on creating a little summertime family rhythm by having us do certain things each day like swim team practice (in the mornings), reading time, and "brain work" (to borrow the term from my friend Tiffany - Hi Tiff!) like logic puzzles, math/analogies/handwriting practice (depending on the child), etc. Then it'll up to us to decide what we want to do with the rest of the day. This is where the list comes in so that I remember all the things that we'd like to do. Is it only me that goes totally blank when trying to think of something fun to do when asked? That's why I LOVE LISTS!
The kids have given me some of their ideas but they still have more to give me. I plan to go through last year's Summer Bingo list of activities and some of them here. This list is flexible and will evolve as more ideas roll in and others get crossed off (as some already have). I won't have to make bingo cards each week or think of prize ideas and we can simply go with the flow, yet still have plenty of things to do.
Summer Fun 2011 List
Away From Home
Port Discovery & Science Museum - Baltimore
Local hikes/nature walks
Ida Lee Garden and picnic
Pick veggies/fruit @ farm
Smithsonian Museum of Art (West & East)