What I Plan To Do On My Summer Vacation

[ 3 ] May 18, 2011 |

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!

Category: activities: outdoor, nature places, parks/playgrounds


Jeanine Silversmith

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Jeanine is a self-described tree hugging, science and math geek whose love of nature, coupled with her absolute certainty that people, especially children, are happier, healthier, and wiser when they regularly spend time in nature, led her to establish Rhode Island Families in Nature. Jeanine also works for the RI Environmental Education Association, supporting formal and informal teachers as they create "place-based" curriculum. She loves to hike, run, garden, bake, and go camping, especially when accompanied by her husband, Ian, her daughter, Sierra, and her son, Devin. They live in Wakefield.

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  1. Elyse Major elyse says:

    ah, the alternating thrill and fear of summer’s speedy arrival. lists are a good thing. thank you for these ideas!

  2. erin goodman says:

    LOVE this jeanine!

    i do something similar right around now except being more of an artsy, visual person than an organized, list person i hang a poster board size paper up on the wall and we all scribble ideas and pictures of what we’d like to do in the summer.

    i never cease to be amazed at how simple my kids’ lists are…swimming at the pond, running through the sprinkler, eating lots of ice-cream.

    thanks for the links you shared — passport to the trails sounds like a LOT of fun!!

    ~erin

  3. suzi says:

    These will be on our summer lists this year!

    We camp at George Washington every summer. If you do go – I suggest going during the week. It is much more peaceful.

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