So I thought I would talk about the different summer activities we do as a big family.
|The open field trail.|
I think my favorite part of going for walks with the kids, is that they get to experience nature, and really SEE what it's all about. They get to find different kinds of plants, animals, and life cycles of all the things around them. At the open field trail, we found a plant I grew up calling "glue plants". They grew like crazy in the field behind my elementary school. They leak a white sticky substance out of their leaves. We have watched bats fly. They asked "why do we not see bats during the day", and that was a great opportunity to talk about how the bats sleep during the day and find food during the night. We have a few bat books at home that we were able to look at and reference all the things we talked about.
|After 3 1/2 hours of screaming in the water.|
The only bad thing about the pool experience (for me) is that my youngest DOES NOT LIKE WATER! Water is the devil. I'm not kidding. We were at the pool for 3 1/2 hours on Memorial Day, and she spent the whole time crying. It didn't matter that mommy was holding her close, she screamed. Surprisingly, though, she didn't scream when she had to wear a lifejacket that almost choked her, so that we could ride on the inter-tubes in the lazy river. My favorite part of the pool - getting to watch my 3 year old learn to swim! She wore a lifejacket, and she swam her little booty off. It was great. I've yet to see the twins swim this year, but I'm looking forward to it. (They were with their GG when we went to the pool.) Our twelve year old, who used to be afraid of the water, is now a great swimmer. He even goes off the diving board! I did that recently, too, and that must have been a sight for everyone! EEK!
|Standing by an elephant tusk.|
Why are the turtles here so big, but we never see big turtles at home? Why are the geese here mean, but geese at a park have never tried to bite me? What does that animal eat? Why are the sheep in a dirt pin instead of a field? There are so many great questions that the kids ask, without even thinking about it being 'school'. I love learning opportunities.
|The Lego man @ Crown Center.|
I'm not sure if there is a Lego museum, but there is Lego Land. We've never been there, but there is a Lego man at Crown Center Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. They had a fun time trying to stand like him.
I'm sure there are a lot more things to do during the summer that I haven't mentioned here, especially in bigger cities that have more entertainment. I like to keep a lot of our stuff outside during the summer, but every now and again we need to be out of the heat.
What activities do you like to do as a big family during the summer?
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