For the last few years at about this time I start making a list (yes, an actual list because that’s the kind of person I am) of all the things I want to do with my kids during the summer. I do this because I don’t want to forget some of the great ideas I – or someone else – had over the winter; because I am just plain excited to have my kids all to myself for the summer; and because I like to organize anything and everything.
I’ve learned a little bit along the way. Like not to make the list so long that by mid July I feel like a failure and to include simple things around the house like garden and have a water fight. Here are three major entries on this year’s list that you might want to check out:
1) Participate in the RI Great Outdoors Pursuit, a wonderful program designed to help families enjoy the ocean state’s recreational parks. Each event involves fun outdoor activities and challenges such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and children’s games, as well as music, food, informational exhibits, raffles, and more. Think “Party in a Park.”
2) Hike in six or more participating Audubon wildlife refuges, find hidden markers along the way, and fill in our Passport to the Trails to win prizes. Don’t underestimate the motivation factor here. My daughter pretty much demanded that we get started right away and both of the kids LOVED it!
3) Go camping! If you’ve always wanted to try camping with your kids but you’re feeling a bit, um, terrified, know that there are a lot of wonderful resources to get you out there. REI runs informative clinics like “Car Camping Basics” and has events like a “Camping Fair.” The staff there can help you pick out appropriate gear. My three favorite camping spots? I thought you’d never ask: Burlingame, George Washington, and the backyard.
See you out there!