I don’t know about you, but there were weeks this summer when I didn’t think I was going to make it. In between trying to work, coordinating with my kid’s friends, getting all the normal boring adult stuff done with a kid in tow (who doesn’t want to do summer camps) and trying to get in adult time, summer is an exhausting time of year. Clearly, I’m extremely fortunate to get this time with my son and not have to work full-time, but it can certainly be a juggling act.
As always happens this time of year, I look back upon my lists of activities and ask myself, “Where did the summer go?” There are so many things we haven’t done yet and barely any time to squeeze things in before school starts. That’s why I’m trying to get organized now so we can make the most out of the last few weeks of summer. I’m also mindful that it’s currently 10,000 degrees out and so we’ll need a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.
Here is the list I’m going to present to the resident 9-year-old, plus a few items left undone from the Bucket List we made at the start of summer:
- Seeing The Parent Trap at the Alamo Drafthouse
- Indulging at Big Top Candy (from my son’s Bucket List)
- Going down the body slides at Rock N’ River (from my son’s Bucket List)
- Trying out digital slot racing at Races2U (we still have an unused voucher from a deal site)
- Seeing the stars at UT
- Splashing at Pace Bend Park
- Visiting Lammes Candies on Airport
- Watching The Sound of Music at the Paramount
- Swimming and exploring at Emma Long Park
- Get a snow cone (I have no clue why we haven’t done this yet)
- Seeing Shaun the Sheep at the Movie House & Eatery
- Checking out Hancock Pool Swim Area in Lampasas
- Going around the lazy river at Hawaiian Falls (check AdPages for deals)
- See the artwork at the Bee Cave Sculpture Park
- Paint your own pottery
- Jumping off the diving board at Veterans Memorial Park
- Renting a swan pedal boat on Lady Bird Lake (have a feeling this will be rejected as way too embarrassing)
- Riding our bikes to the neighborhood burger joint for a shake
I have noticed a few deals on Groupon and LivingSocial for fun end of summer activities, such as:
- tickets to Pioneer Farms (only if you can arrive very early in the day to avoid the heat),
- Austin Zoo (again, if you can get there right when they open),
- admission to the Houston Children’s Museum,
- mini golf near Lake Travis,
- ice skating,
- paint your own pottery in the Hill Country Galleria,
- bouncy house passes.
so I’m going to keep those in my back pocket as well.
Of course, this is way more than we could possibly do, but we can always keep these in mind for weekends once school starts since it certainly feels like summer months into the school year.
How are you spending the last few weeks of summer?