Each night when I head to bed I drift quickly off to sleep set my brain into overdrive. Seriously. It’s like a switch goes off the moment my head hits the pillow and my mind goes on autopilot. Last night was no different. For some reason last night it dawned on me that next week I make my second last payment for Little Miss C’s preschool… Meaning June will be here before we know it. Forget Spring; fast forward to Summer.

My children are now approaching the ages where they can’t just sit around and do the same old. This Summer I need to set a plan in motion. An agenda so to speak. My Mom used to always have a great line up of activities and camps for me to attend in the summer. I want my kids to share in similar experiences, and build similar memories. It would be quite fun to relive the fond memories that I have vicariously through their eyes.

Field trips on the agenda for this Summer include:

Legoland Discovery Centre. A fabulous environment for the kids to learn through fun, educational experiences in the land of Lego. I’m sure my husband would have a hay day in the Lego Store. He was (and still is) a huge Lego fanatic. If it was socially acceptable for a 30 year old man to sit in his room and play with Lego all day, my husband totally would. I’m not kidding.

Marineland. I have fond memories of visiting Marineland with my family when I was a youngster. Back in the day, I referred to the park as Happiness Is. Between the thrill rides, feeding the animals and all the shows we always had a great time. I know there is a ton of controversy over Marineland and the treatment of the wildlife. However this doesn’t change the fact that I want my children to visit the park at least once.

The Zoo. There are many Zoo’s in my neck of the woods. Some more costly than others. The free options include Peterborough Zoo. Who doesn’t like free?!

The Beach. Nothing screams Summer vacay like a trip to the beach. Sun, sand, water and splish-splash-sploshin’ fun! Need I say more?!?

Picnics. I love picnics. It always makes a trip to the park that much more exciting and enjoyable.

Nature Walks. I plan to put together a scavenger hunt list and head to a local conservation area for many nature walks this summer. The scavenger hunt turns the serene family walk into a fun educational experience for the little ones.

Lastly, I would love to take the family on a camping trip this summer. I may be a little overzealous in thinking we can pull a camping trip off with a puppy, 2 year old and 3.5 year old in tow… but I would love to try to set this plan in motion.

What are some of your favourite activities to do with the family in the summer months? Do you have anything on your agenda for Summer 2013?

1 Comment on Summer Activities for the Family

  1. Victoria Ess
    March 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I love that list! We do a lot of those things, and we live in Toronto, so in the summer, we try to make an effort to attend many of the festivals and events in the city.


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