School lets out for the kids on May 31st. Our county is invoking the King’s Dominion Law and will not restart until after Labor Day. What to do with the kids on a 3 month summer vacation became the question. I don’t want to spend a fortune entertaining them and I don’t want them to become couch potato, internet addicts again either. So I have gone on a quest to find fun, interesting things to do locally.
We are planning to do the following:
- Invest in a Naturally Yours Plus state park pass. (Discounts on campsites, free parking and a few other perks)
- The kids are going to church camp
- Church Youth Group
- The kids are going to participate in the library summer reading program (Claire is applying to be a library volunteer)
- Walking at the high school track 3-4 days per week
- Zumba Classes
- Visiting Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary
- Colonial Beach mini vacation
- Utilizing the apartment complex playground
- Trips to area parks to play ball
- Farmer’s Markets
- Visiting Polyface farm (this one is still a maybe and may wait until next year)
- A state fair or two.
Our goals are fun, healthy outdoor activities. We have several health goals in mind as well including I am going to once again quit smoking. We are going to eat healthier, exercise more and learn to relax and enjoy life. This isn’t going to be too hard for us, we have learned how to de-clutter and downsize our personal items. We have also rebuilt our lives so we function as a family unit instead of a group of individuals.
We are going to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in all that our area has to offer. Investing in annual passes when available, cutting our expenses and doing some heavy research it will be a fun, rich summer without huge costs. We would love to travel far and wide but for now our local area has enough to offer. I am not sure we will get to all the places we want to this summer but it will be fun trying to get there!