Back to Camp Watkinez full time this week! I was already tired just thinking about it, but the Brodster is such a good sport about the activities I plan for him. Just week three into the summer, and I'm already worried I'm running out of ideas for him. However, this week, my kid did me the biggest favor: he showed me he doesn't need me to plan every minute of every day for him.
The Brodster is so good about finding things to do on his own. He'll play with his toys, draw, color, read, etc. while I'm working around the house. His actions basically tell me, "Mom, chill out. I'm a kid and I know how to have fun." Sometimes, I'll catch him just laying on the couch and I'll ask him what's up. He'll respond, "I'm thinking of what to do next." Not once has he said, "I'm bored". He just figures it out. Thank goodness.
This week is still Sports Week, but I've limited the activities to just one or two a day. I mean, we still have a bunch to do to prepare for the baby, plus all chores and errands still need to get done. I can't really run an actual sports camp around here, Ha Ha! Here are a few sporty ideas for your summer plans with the kiddos:
FIFA World Cup 2014
I found this site a couple of weeks ago that had a ton of activity sheets to get kids excited for the World Cup. Of course, my wonderful printer is on the fritz, so I couldn't print them out for this week. Still, we've had the Brodster watch a few games with us; it's a great way to get the family together, especially on weekends.
The Brodster had been begging to make a stuffed animal for the baby every day after we had made the stegosaurus plush. I didn't have that much felt left! I was able to skip a week without him noticing, but realized I wouldn't be able to sneak past this week. I had some felt left over that was perfect for a baby-sized football.
It can be a sporty activity if the kids look for sports-themed books! Also, I highly suggest looking for events in your area. For example, our local library had a puppet show about Aesop's Fables, so we planned our visit around the show. The Brodster loved the show and wished it was longer. While we were there, he signed up for the summer reading program, which gives out prizes to kids for reading. After completing the program, kids get a free book!
We played a round of mini-golf at the Sherman Oaks Castle Park. For some reason, we rarely visit this facility, which makes no sense since the place is only a 10-minute drive away. It's totally affordable and an easy, fun activity for all ages.
We have a pool in our gated community but rarely use it. Mainly because the Brodster gets intimidated when too many people are there. I planned for an early swim and we spent a couple of hours splish-splashing around before the lunch crowd came around.
Local Baseball Game
We've been promising this kid a ball game for months now, and we finally went! What's a summer without peanuts and cracker jacks? We planned a late afternoon game at Dodger stadium. The weather was perfect, plus the Dodgers beat the Cardinals 9-1!
California Pizza Kitchen Kids
This isn't exactly "sporty", but it is a fun activity that we have planned this weekend. I highly suggest signing up for CPK emails! This week, our local CPK is offering a June Pizza Chef Class this Sunday. They show kids (ages 10 and under) how to make pizza, and they get to decorate cookies for the 4th of July. These events are not always offered and you must call to register, so the best way to get into these classes is opting for their emailed newsletter.
I had originally planned on working these ideas in this week, but we may need to hold off for later on in the summer.
Go Ice Skating
Create an Obstacle Course or relay race (for multiple kids)
Go Tailgating or have a sports-themed picnic
I draw, make, and occasionally tell a story.