I was talking with a coworker last week who was struggling to find opportunities for her daughter to be busy this summer while school is out. Her thoughts were mostly geared toward camps and other organized activities, which are pretty pricey, making it necessary to pick and choose, trying to spread the fun over the entire summer.
Her planning got me to thinking about all of the things there are to do with a summer that don't cost a lot of (or any) money. Back at the turn of the century (Yes, I went there.), when my elder two were still in need of adult supervision during the summer, I hired two teenaged sisters to care for my girls all summer. I offered to pay for trips to the zoo, Children's Museum, etc., but they never once took me up on my offer, and my babies had a really great summer.
Some of the days were spent at home playing games that didn't involve electricity or batteries. I have always implemented a summer electronics ban from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., so there was no television or video game action. There was a lot of Bratz playing going, but they also played a lot of board games and built blanket forts.
Some of the most fun days as far as my girls were concerned were the times they went creek stomping. I got to do a fair amount of it when I was little, but we didn't have a name for it. Creek stomping involves jumping from rock to rock in a shallow creek, ultimately falling in, and then stomping around and splashing in the water. Creek stomping includes trying to catch minnows in a found can.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.