Bowling (via the Kids Bowl Free program): Eric took the older two again. The alley didn't have the right size shoes, so it was a truly free outing!
Dazzling rain paintings--Not so dazzling. The instructions weren't clear that you just set the artwork out in the rain for a few minutes, and I forgot about them. The rain washed off 95% of what the kids had colored. Oops! At least they weren't upset about it.
Entrepreneurial lemonade stand--A huge success! We joined forces with the neighbor kids, and since we live on a busy intersection, the kids had a lot of traffic. They made over $40 selling lemonade, cookies, and watermelon slices for a quarter each. (They got quite a few tips, too!)
here, and I have to admit it was more complicated than it seemed. But it lasted for days, and the kids definitely enjoyed it.
Game marathon--Each kid picked a board game that we all played. And I gave them a new game I found at the consignment shop.
Hide and seek--Eric hid so well that it took us 10 minutes to find him!
Ice cream making--Delicious! We used our friend Brian's automatic ice cream maker--pretty slick.
Jump on trampoline outside--We have a mini trampoline that we keep in our basement, and I pulled it outside one day when the kids needed a little energy-busting.
Lunch at park--Enjoyed a nice day with a little picnic.
Movie theater--Hoping to see this over the weekend, thanks to Monica's recommendation.
Nature scavenger hunt--This was an easy, perfect boredom buster. I'd already typed up a list, so when the kids needed a new activity, I grabbed the paper and attached it to a clipboard. They had fun searching for treasures like a pinecone.
Old-fashioned fun--We attended a nearby festival that has old-time games and farming displays. (And we got to see my blogging friend Leah as a bonus!)
Popcorn art--I colored popcorn kernels and the kids made pictures with them, and also had fun scooping the kernels into different containers.
Q-tip painting--I LOVE how Nathan's turned out. I gave the kids some paint and Q-tips and they did their thing.
Soap clouds--Interesting to try this experiment!
Two-liter bottle sprinkler--Used these directions.
Umbrella walk--This just didn't happen, despite tons of rain early in the summer.
Van movie--I decided on a variation, and set up a short movie outside on the patio. The kids loved it!
Water balloons--A summer staple!
Xplorers game--Eric took Nathan to see a nearby minor league baseball team.
Yogurt shop--Frozen yogurt=yummy!
Zoo--I cheated on this one. Nathan went with his class on a field trip the last week of school. But we may be going in a couple weeks, so either way I'm counting it! =)
Thankful for summer fun!