Everyone looks forward to the last day of school and the unofficial start of Summer. That is, almost everyone. Some moms dread having their kids home every day for 9 weeks straight.
To be honest, I am one of those moms. Summer Break is nine long weeks of being together.
I love my kids, but I also love dropping them off at school in the morning. Working from home is hard enough when the demands of deadlines, home, and family blur together. I look forward to Summer Break; then about week 3 (or even 2) I start counting down to the first day of school. (August 10 is 56 days away, just in case you were wondering.)
Summer Break doesn’t have to be planned down to the minute but keeping some semblance of schedule will help things run smoothly. TV, video games, and streaming should be limited. I never thought I would use the TV as a babysitter, but it happened. However, when the weather is nice, we should all be outside. My boys still love to use chalk in the driveway and ride their bikes and scooters. Free play is great for learning, they are using their imagination and creativity.
The Flagstaff Arts and Community Calendar is a great site to find local activities. Art, music, nightlife, community, festivals, science, history, and sports are just some of the categories you can search. My kids are excited for the library programs offered at the two branches here in town. Our town also has a Community Market that sets up in the city Hall parking lot on Sunday mornings. The Urban Flea Market and Wednesday market will be opening soon.
When I was a child, I loved going to Vacation Bible School. It wasn’t until last year that I realized why my mom loved it too! Dropping my kids off at a church for bible stories, games, and snacks is a perfect break for a couple hours. They love learning bible verses and meeting new friends. I love getting that time to myself! Watch CoCo And Twins for a list of Vacation Bible Schools offered this summer.
Flagstaff is a beautiful city and even after 7 years, I don’t take it for granted. I would not consider myself an outdoor person, but even taking a walk around the block is a start. There are so many parks, walking trails, and play areas around town. Did you know that there are 50 miles of the Urban Trail System? Or that there is a BMX park? The Flagstaff Recreation Department puts out Cityscape a few times a year with all the information. If you didn’t get one in your mailbox, you can see the online version here.
Lastly, DON’T OVERSCHEDULE. If you run from activity to activity every day, you will run out of steam way before the 4th of July. If there is a morning you want to sleep in, do it. Scrap your plans and head to the pool. Drive down to Oak Creek Canyon for a hike and some water play. Don’t limit yourself, be spontaneous. Take each day to find something that your family can enjoy, TOGETHER.
… and speaking of the 4th of July – the parade is amazing. Find a spot downtown by 7:30 am and set up your chairs. Watch the Downtown Mile race or grab some breakfast before the Parade starts at 9 a.m.
What activities are you looking forward to this summer? Share with us in the comments, and leave a link if you have one. Thanks!