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If the kids come down in the morning…

Posted on | June 20, 2012 | 6 Comments

….while you are sipping coffee and watching the morning news, they will want to watch cartoons.  When you tell them no and make them watch the news, they’ll see the weather report.  If they see the weather is going to be 94 degrees with high humidity, they’ll want to do something inside in the air conditioning.

If they need something to do inside, you’ll need to take them to the art museum in the big city.

While they’re at the art museum they will want to do something fun, so you’ll have to pass out a scavenger hunt like this one, divide them into teams, and let them take digital pics of the art objects that they find.

By the time they’ve finished the scavenger hunt and taken lots of pictures….

….they won’t be able to talk quietly, walk slowly, and keep from touching things for one more minute.  So you’ll have to take them outside onto the museum greenway with outdoor sculptures where they can run, yell, and touch everything.

All that running, yelling, and touching will make them hungry, so you’ll have to have a picnic lunch by the pond while watching a red-tailed hawk hunt for frogs.

Looking at all that cool, clear water will remind the kids that it’s hot and humid outside so they’ll want to go swimming.  You’ll take them to the community pool down the street where they will swim for so long….

….that they’ll get hungry again.  So you’ll have to drive down the street to the farmers market and pick up some sweet corn and Carolina peaches.

By the time you’ve sampled all the fruits and vegetables at the farmers market and decide to leave the city, you’ll find yourself struck in traffic.

So you’ll have to stop at Observation Park at the airport where the kids can listen to the radio traffic from air traffic control over the loudspeakers and watch the planes take off and land.

Watching planes flying around will remind the kids that they have been sitting still too long so they will play a rowdy game of freeze tag in the baby sandlot at the park.

By the time they are tired of playing tag, the traffic will be gone and you can finally head for home.  At home, they will be so glad to be out of the city and back on the farm that they will rush out to the barn to see all the animals.  While they are out with the animals, they will feed them dinner.

Feeding the animals dinner will remind them that they are hungry.  Again.  So you will have to cook the corn from the farmers market and make some BLTs with tomatoes from the garden.

After playing and eating all day, the kids will finally be tired.  They will go upstairs and sleep very, very well.  When they wake up in the morning, they will come downstairs while you are sipping coffee and watching the morning news.  Let them watch the darn cartoons and call it a day.

Triangle residents,

NC Museum of Art—-Blue Ridge Rd; FREE

Ridge Rd City of Raleigh pool—-Ridge Rd (1.86 miles from the museum); $1/kid $3/adult

NC Farmers Market—-Lake Wheeler Rd (approx 6 miles from the pool); FREE samples and great deals on produce in the 30 minutes before the market closes.

Observation Park—-RDU Airport (right on the way home); very clean and well-kept park with nice facilities; look for the sign for Observation Park immediately after passing the Southwest terminal.

All these places are located directly off I-40 so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.  Enjoy!


6 Responses to “If the kids come down in the morning…”

  1. Jennifer
    June 21st, 2012 @ 2:43 am

    Wow! What a great first day of summer! I loved the ‘If you give a mouse a cookie’ style too!

  2. Lynda
    June 21st, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    What a great day you had!
    ~ Lynda
    (You must have read a lot of Laura Numeroff to those kids. 😉 )

  3. Julie
    June 21st, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    Sounds like a full and fun day! Love the pics!

  4. Jill
    June 21st, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    and they thought yesterday was hot! Today is going to be a roaster… Who has corn in June?

  5. lin
    June 21st, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    What a FUN day!!! You must all be exhausted!!

  6. Christine
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Awesome! I am so adding this to the to do list for next week! Thanks for the ideas!

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