I'm okay with not checking off every little thing on every single list, but taking the time to create such detailed lists and then ignoring them in exchange for lying on my swing for hours while the boys work buckets of sand into their shoes (and in Jake's case, his diaper), seems like a waste.
I've gotten better at streamlining my lists down to the realistic things. Last year I focused on outdoor activities. This year, I'm focusing more on outings. We don't take in all there is to do in our area the way we should. There's so much to see and do! And the boys are at ages where they would love these little outings so much. Experiences and memories - that's what I'm after this year - what I really want to share with my little guys.
The whole point is to have a full, "good-kind-of" busy, fun break that takes full advantage of our time together!
This list is very local to us, so unless you're in WNY, it may not be the best list for you to get ideas from. But I bet it can offer you some inspiration for types of places to check out in your own area!
1. Transit Drive-In
2. Letchworth State Park
3. Fantasy Island
4. Beaver Island Beach
5. Putt-Putt (anywhere!)
6. The Buffalo Zoo
7. Camping (a given, we're visiting the same KOA we usually do)
8. Old Man River/Mississippi Mudds
9. Greg's U-Pick (Strawberries in June, Blueberries in July, Blackberries in August)
10. Buffalo Botanical Gardens
11. Glen Falls
12. Sweet Jenny's
13. Buffalo Naval Park & Canalside
14. Tifft Nature Preserve
15. Arcade & Attica Railroad
16. Harbor Center
17. Olcott Beach
18. Wehrle Golf Dome
19. Transit Lanes
20. Buffalo Science Museum
Bonus Ideas: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, Fort Niagara Park & Old Fort Niagara
We will, of course, visit many playgrounds, our three fav ice cream stops (probably way too many times), and watch 4th of July fireworks nearby.
If you're local - where are you headed this summer?