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Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Children, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Kids Activities, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, Zoo | 6 comments

Gearing Up For A Summer Of Fun!

Gearing Up For A Summer Of Fun!

Here we are, the summer of 2011!  How did we get to this point, friends?  Time sure is flying!

We have quite a to-do list this summer.  In between the weddings, baby showers & newborn visits, family festivities & birthday parties, there’s a whole other list of things we want to do.  Well here it all is, in list form as I love to do:

~Days at the Lake.  My grandmother has a cottage/lake house on a Finger Lake in NY…one of the most beautiful places on earth.  We are fortunate enough to have full access.  I spent my childhood summers there & intend on giving our children the same wonderful experience.

~Fruit Picking. Last week was rainy so we missed out on strawberries,  booo!  No worries, we’ll make up for it this week.

~The Zoo.  We have a membership to a local zoo, a gift we were given from my in-laws.  Also plan on visiting some out-of-town zoos.

~Local Farms.  Petting Zoos have become one of my kids’ favorite things to do.  There are several places very close-by we can go to meet the animals.  We also learn a ton about growing produce which is an important life lesson.  Support local farms!

~Museums.  For rainy days, which there are a lot of here in NY State.

~Aquarium(s).  Unfortunately, there are none relatively close.  We’ll just have to travel ;).

~Baseball Game(s).  Local or not, we haven’t been to a ballgame with the kids…yet.  They were born into a Yankee household, though we’re not diehard into baseball.  We still enjoy a good game.

~Playdates with our friends!  No doubt there will be LOTS of these…especially a re-enactment of this photo:

~Parks/Playgrounds.  We live in a mecca of playgrounds.  Definitely love visiting new ones, & after 2 1/2 years, we’re still not running out!  One of our most favorite things to do there:  PICNIC!

~Hikes.  Speaking of a nice area to live, there are so many trails surrounding us, we will never be bored!  We picked up a “Passport to Wellness” at our amazing local supermarket which gives us a trail guide & a few perks along the way.  So fun!

~Pool Swim.  Several friends/family have pools & we plan on taking full advantage :)!  This is the summer our 2 1/2 year old will really learn to swim & we couldn’t be more excited!  Luckily, we have a pass to a nearby pool with friends & we can go any time.  How fun is that?!  Now if we could just get our hands on some good life jackets.  any recommendations for a trusted brand?

~Planetarium.  My husband has a geeky side, the love of planets.  We don’t mind, in fact, we love them too :).

~Concerts.  Yes, we are those people who bring our kids to late-night, loud, rockin’ concerts.  (And yes, we protect our ears.)  It’s good for their souls.  Great, great fun!

Well, so much to do, so little time.  I’m sure there’s more, perhaps I’ll make a list half-way through the summer & see what I’ve missed!

What are your plans?


  1. Great list! My Plan for our summer is going well so far! Have fun!

    • Super, Jenny! I’d love to know what’s on your list…I’m sure it’s a whole lot of FUN!

  2. *Free movie nights at local parks
    *$1 movie reruns at local theaters (this will be a first for us)
    *spraygrounds (we have about 4 nearby and others that are a short drive)
    *Indoor play area @mall
    *Did the berry picking thing
    *Have a membership to our local play museum
    *Did the small amusement park thing
    *Backyard fun in sandbox and sprinkler
    *Regular (every other day) at the pool
    *Library visits
    *Camping out in backyard

    • Very nice ~ I think we have a few add-ons thanks to your suggestions 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Have fun checking off your list!

  3. Thanks for the great list! Right now (since I’m pregnant and live in the south) my plan for the summer is pretty much to stay cool however I can. (In other words, stay inside or if I’m outside be in a pool or at least in the shade!) But I’m always thinking about fun things to do with my niece and nephews, and fun things to do with my little one when she comes, so I love the suggestions. 🙂

    And, YES – support local farms!!

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