Does anyone else struggle with sanity when all the kids are home from school in the Summer? I love structure and routine, so this mama stresses when the long hours of the afternoon drag on in the Summer and everyone has found an iPad/iPhone/iPod/TV/computer screen to watch. (More on that here.) I want to keep my kids busy and entertained all Summer, but I will be the first to admit that I love the gift of silence (and indoors!) they provide. My family is walking a fine line of an unhealthy screen addiction.
To combat the screen overload, I’ve been trying to put boundaries and structure into place. We are pushing the chores hard around here. I’m a big believer that work is a part of life. The earlier we learn how to serve our families, earn money and find a way to make the most mundane chores fun and enjoyable, the better off our kids will be. My job as Mom is not to entertain and fulfill every wish and desire of my kids. I have a low tolerance for senses of entitlement and how our generation is creating tiny entitled monsters, but that is a rant for another day…
To prove I’m not a complete drill sargaent/Scrooge/fun hater, I have been putting together a Summer bucket list for my family. This isn’t just a list of things like “play with sidewalk chalk” and “build a fort!”, but fun experiences in our new city of Richmond. This is our first Summer in Virginia, so we are going to explore as much as we can! I’m planning for one outing a week to be realistic, because many of these things are outdoors and I will likely need a full 7 days to recover between.
My challenges are as follows : Places/things to do that I can do alone during the week with all four kids and that are entertaining to both a 10 and 3 year old (and everyone in between). I only just became brave enough to take everyone to the pool alone this year, so amusements parks are a hard NO. When everyone can stand in lines together and ride the same things in a couple of years, fine. But for now, it’s just not in the cards for us.
If you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and have suggestions, I am all ears!
Here is what I have so far —
- A day at the Metro Richmond Zoo feeding the giraffes
- A matinee at the Historic Byrd Theatre
- The petting zoo at Maymont
- An experience/class at the ScienceMath Innovation Center
- An IMAX movie at the Science Museum of Virginia (We are members here and big fans!)
- A movie at the drive-in theater at Goochland
- Belle Isle (I still don’t exactly understand what people do here, so any insight would be greatly appreciated)
- The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- Lunch and oversized ice cream sundaes at Mabel’s in Powhatan
What things are on your Summer bucket list? Please share them with me!