Good morning, Mamma! Welcome to your WEEKEND!!! Play, play, play day. Alright, we can get caught up on laundry on Monday, today, we play! Go make some memories, take a bunch of pictures, eat watermelon till the juice drips off your chin!
Ideas for the weekend:
Canoeing. The parks in our area rent canoes for $4 per 30 minutes. And they provide the paddles and life vests. BARGAIN family fun.
Nerf shooter war! Water balloons! Squirt guns! Let them be loud, and you get in there too, Mamma!
Local pool, water park, beach. Go get your toes in the water. Play with your kid, don’t just watch them!! They grow up SO FAST. Don’t miss this time!! Make sand castles if you’re at the beach. Sand castles rock.
Go visit a cathedral. Stately, cool inside, reverent. Talk about why people build spaces like this to gather and be with God.
State Fair! County Fair! Any fair! Cows, rides, homemade jam. Listen to live music. Eat something on a stick. Let your kid pet a live cow. Fabulous day out.
Picnic in a park. Bring the Frisbee. Bring the soccer ball. Bring a blanket and take a nap under a tree. If there’s a statue, check it out. Break out the smart phone to figure out who the statue is, what that person did in their life to warrant being cast in bronze.
Find a waterfall. Stand there and feel the spray and be mesmerized by the movement of the water.
Take a tour of an old house — the kind that have a name and a plaque from the historical society. Talk about what it would have been like to live in that house back in Eighteen-hundred and whatever.
Visit an Amish or Mennonite farm. Buy fresh vegetables. Talk to the family if you can. Your kids will learn a lesson in tolerance and they’ll come home grateful for the lawn mower and overhead lighting.
Go to a zoo. Wander around and see the animals. Buy popcorn. Feed the squirrels.
Find a live art demonstration — we took the kids to see a glass blowing demonstration once, it was free, and it was fascinating.
Go for a hike. Pack the snacks, put the baby in the Kelti-pack and go explore. Stop and look at the flowers and the bugs and the mushrooms on the trees.
Read out loud to your kids. Use accents and gestures! James Herriot is wonderful for this. Or start a great chapter book — Harry Potter for older kids, Winnie-the-Pooh for little ones.
Go fishing. Go camping. Go rock climbing. Pick some outdoor thing you’ve never done before and go try it this weekend. Buy the worms, borrow the tent, find a guide to take you to the nearest rock wall. Time is passing, Mamma. If not now, when?
Enjoy your weekend. These moments are gold… solid, shining, priceless gold.