Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Plans

We are in the last few days of school and my mind is thinking about summer fun. This year it is vital that our summer fun be very low cost. We also do not have A/C and I am thinking about places to cool off. We are only taking a five week break this year. I am switching to a five week on, one week off schedule next school year. To make the breaks work with Christmas and other important dates, I need to restart school on July 14th.

So here are our Summer 2014 plans ~

Out and About
  • Movie days for $1 Regal movie theaters Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am.
  • Library Summer Fun programs ~ We are planning on attending three of them.
  • Library Lego Club every week.
  • $1 dip days at our local pool ~ There will be four days this year!
  • Splashville ~ a free water fountain park in our city center.
  • Play dates and sleep overs.
  • Groovin' on Grovemont ~ free music festival at a nearby lake.
  • A day at the mall ~ We will turn in our Barnes and Noble reading journals for a free book and have a snack in the food court. Maybe some friends can join us in the cool A/C and play board games in the food court.
Parties and Picnics 
  • Patient Appreciation party at our orthodontist ~ This is always a fun party with lots of activities and food.
  • Company picnic ~ My husband's work picnic is at the lake this year.
  • The kids are currently invited to one birthday party in June.
  • Family Support Network Picnic ~ Our special needs support group picnic sounds like it is going to be a wet blast this year.
  • 4th of July downtown festival

Backyard Fun
  • We are hard at work finishing up the transformation of our backyard to a tween/teen friendly hangout. Before long cool swings will be joining our existing trampoline and slack line. We will be unveiling the new yard soon.
  • Water wars 
  • Silly string
  • Bubble gun play
  • Slip and Slide
  • Backyard Campout
Science and Art Fun
  • Tonic Ice Cube Arch
  • Sharpie T-Shirts
  • Still thinking of some other activities that are best done outside.

Tom Sawyer's camp and Little Red Riding Hood's mom/daughter day out ~
  • Tom Sawyer will be attending one week of camp this year at our dance studio. The theme this year is Vikings. He earned some money for camp plus received money for his birthday that will go toward the week's cost. That leaves only about $25 left for me to pay towards his camp week. 
  • Little Red Riding Hood decided to forgo camp and to use the money she has earned for a mom/daughter day out. We will get our nails done, eat brownies, see a $1 movie and go out to lunch at Panda Express.
Family Vacation 
  • Dare I even entertain the idea? We are hoping to go to Kentucky this summer. We have a long list of places we could visit from 3 hours away to 6 hours away. Whether we get one overnight or three overnights will depend on several financial factors over the next few weeks. However, we plan to get to a new state that we haven't seen before, and Kentucky is the goal. I am sure what ever we manage will be delightful.

So what are your plans?

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Can't wait to see the backyard reveal! Sounds like you'll have a lovely summer. Aren't libraries great for all they offer?

  2. You have so many inexpensive community activities - that's awesome! Glad to see the tonic arch on your list :)

  3. Wonderful!! So many fun and exciting things. We are not going anywhere because we have so much work around here that needs to be done however, my brother comes for a long weekend, my hubby will be home for about three weeks, my dad will be here for two weeks adn then my mom will come for about a week. In between Boy Scout and American Heritage Girls camp.
    Not sure how close we are, but perhaps next year you could plan on coming to MN. We live near the IA border. Our home is always welcome to you if you decide to visit. And a plus is that that Laura Ingalls Museum is about 2.5 hours away and fantastic! And of course Mall of America is about an hour away.

  4. Wow! What a lot of fabulous activities! Can we tag along?!
    I, too, am looking forward to seeing your teen/tween area.

  5. Dawn I LOVE reading all your low costs plans. That is the only kind of plans we ever make. You have some great ideas there!! I can't wait to see how your summer unfolds. And I can't wait to see the backyard unveiling. :)

  6. Sounds like you have some great plans! We LOVED Mammoth Caves in KY if you are considering places to go. We stayed on site in an older motel and also in the motel next to the caves. I think they are reasonably priced. :)