I want to engage in activities that are simple, no big day trips to the big city for big meltdowns or the like, but bare-bones summer activities that I remember enjoying as a kid. Plus, I'm just too lazy to investigate and enroll and taxi the kids to organized activities. Here's my vague list:
- Visit creeks and natural bodies of water as much as possible. Fortunately we have a wade-able creek within walking distance that the boys enjoy playing in, even just with sticks and stones.
- Go hiking. Pennsylvania is full of wooded trails filled with wildlife and plants to identify. I'm also an advocate of walking around one's neighborhood, encouraging the kids to notice things they might not otherwise, like changes in flora and fauna, or if a new neighbor has moved in. Or rainbows.
- Play in the dirt, anywhere, not just in the backyard.
- Explore new playgrounds. The Parents Magazine/Kaboom playground finder app is a great resource.
- Make messy crafts, especially outside. String up a drop cloth on the clothesline for painting, get out the dyes to tie-dye, or make papier mache sculptures.
- Do one special trip every other week, like the aquarium, a museum or other venue. And do it with friends!