Oklahoma City family fun starts here and now.
It's official: school's out for the summer. Every peer blog I read, HuffPost article and social media post proclaims the change of season.
We're keenly aware, as parents, that these days are golden. They're the possibility of unscheduled time, better weather and happy children.
Summer's reality, though, is quick to set in, with unwashed cereal bowls, mud baths and calendars full of activities that seemed like a great idea back in February when I eagerly signed everyone up. They'll want a change, I thought. Keep their minds engaged, I thought.
They want free time too and that's just fine.
Another week and my sons will be out with other kids, beyond the confines of our neighborhood, chasing soccer balls and learning about dinosaurs under the watchful eye of camp instructors, for a few days anyway.
Between sessions, though, it's them in the back yard.
We're a week into summer vacation and boredom isn't something we've experienced just yet. There will come a day, weeks from now, fingers crossed, when someone looks up from a pile of Legos and declares he's bored. That's where MetroFamily's 100 Days of Summer Fun comes in, with a purpose that's self-explanatory.
Cue the theme song from "Phineas and Ferb."
"There are 104 days of summer vacation
And school comes along just to end it
So the annual problem for our generation
Is finding a good way to spend it
Building a rocket
Or fighting a mummy
Or climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Discovering something that doesn't exist (Hey!)
Or giving a monkey a shower
Surfing tidal waves
Or locating Frankenstein's brain (It's over here!)
Finding a dodo bird
Painting a continent
Or driving your sister insane (Phineas!)
As you can see
There's a whole lot of stuff to do
Before school starts this fall (Come on, Perry)
So stick with us 'cause Phineas and Ferb
Are gonna do it all!"
Binge watching "Phineas and Ferb" isn't an option, even though I appreciate that Bowling for Soup did its opening theme song. Remember Bowling for Soup, from your high school summers not that long ago? I do.
100 Days of Summer Fun begins with its list of daily suggested activities and ideas this Sunday, May 29. You can sign up here to have them delivered to your inbox each Sunday with a weekly email. Subscribers can also access the summer's full list so planning ahead is possible this June, July and August. Here are each week's daily themes:
- Make It Monday features a recipe you can make with produce you pick fresh from Oklahoma City area farms on Oklahoma Agritourism's brand new Jelly-Making Trail.
- Travel Tuesday encourages you to discover a new destination with your whole family.
- Wild Wednesday guides you to the best outdoor activities Oklahoma City has to offer.
- Thinking Thursday keeps idle minds busy at home with a simple science experiment.
- Free Friday directs you to the best free family-friendly events in the OKC area.
- Summer Saturday features a fun weekend activity or event perfect for long summer days.
- Sunday Funday delivers new ideas to make your summer exciting and memorable.
You know what just happened? This just happened, the dreaded "Mom, I'm bored" moment. Sam wants to know what he can do with the rest of his afternoon. I'm not kidding. Just as I sat down to write this blog post, Sam's bored.
I wasn't expecting that yet but here we are, bare feet and all.
I've just dispatched him to go make his summer bucket list.
The struggle is real.
Excuse me, I have to go figure out something for a not-yet-fourth-grader to do before he makes a mess in my kitchen. I know you all understand.
I think so.