Both of my kids are doing one and only one summer camp. We also have a week of family vacation planned in Florida, a few days planned for Kentucky and Mammoth Cave, and the kids will be visiting their grandparents for two weeks in Ohio. But that still leaves a lot of time left. So what are we going to do?
First off, we're doing nothing. That's right - we are staying home, and the kids will spend hours running around the neighborhood, hanging out with friends, and generally being outdoors without me. I know this sounds strange - kids without a supervising adult?!? But my kids are not only old enough for this, they are responsible enough. Or they should be, so I am treating them as such.
Next, we're doing some community service. There is a wonderful non-profit run here called Books for Africa. This organization collects books from people here in the States, and prepares the books to other non-profits working in Africa. There is a distinct lack of written material over there, so every book helps. The local warehouse needs people to show up and sort out books into their categories. They run two hour shifts for volunteers, and we (meaning the kids and I) will go there once a week when we're here.
Third, once a week I'm taking the kids on a local field trip. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Treasury Museum, Tellus Science Museum, and the Tennessee Aquarium on currently on the list of places to see. Why? Because even I go stir crazy if I'm at home too long.
Let the countdown commence!