Yes, playing together with dolls, the occasional trip to the pool, riding bikes and running through the sprinklers is great... but then what do I do after the first week is over? LOL
My kids are a lot like me, they love to have something to look forward to, so I went searching for a few things to get them involved in, and found an AWESOME little 4 day camp that I just HAD to share with my Utah peeps!
Kids can enroll from ages 5-12, and they have a half or full day option when you sign them up.
They get to:
Care for animals.
Learn about different farm crops and how they are planted and grow.
Experience real working farm equipment.
Plant pumpkins and then come back and harvest them in fall.
Help prepare and eat healthy snacks and lunches everyday... The list goes on!
I'd seen this cute family farm off the side of the road a million times, but had no idea they put on a kids summer camp and also had everything you'd need for planting yummy, beautiful things in your own garden, AND an adorable fresh produce and meat market that was open to the public!
I visited the farm last week to see the market and talk to the owners about the camp, and they're the nicest little family with three young kids of their own.
Farmer Luke was crazy-busy tending to a bunch of farm business (one being these lovely tomato plants... YUMMY!) so I snuck a few pictures, because well... that's how I roll. ha!
The Petersen's fresh market was adorable, and filled with only locally grown produce and goodies.
The Petersen Farm also has a food truck rally every Friday night, so I took the whole crew this last weekend, and they fell in LOVE with the food and farm just like I did.
Since my girls have never seriously gotten into ONE thing like dance, a certain sport or an instrument. We've dabbled in a bunch of stuff to see what would stick, and so far we haven't poured a crazy amount of time or money into one specific hobby. This being said, I don't want my kids zoning out in front of the TV or whining to me about how bored they are all summer.
I love the idea of teaching them something outside of their everyday routine, showing them where REAL food comes from so they can appreciate it, getting them out in nature and hopefully meeting new friends!
Animal or human... I'm positive they're totally fine with either. ha!
If you're interested in getting your kiddos enrolled in the Petersen's Farm Camp, you can read all about it here and sign them up!
Or if you're just looking for yummy produce and meat, or want to even drop by and see the animals, check the Petersen's out on Facebook.
They also put all the food truck rally info there too, if you're lookin' to grub on something yummy every Friday night :)
Apart from the typical Mom induced entertainment this summer (which I'm sure we'll all do plenty of), what kinds of things do you get YOUR kiddos involved in, or expose them to!?
We're looking into a reading class that's free at the local library, and I've also signed them up for a week-long theater group, where they learn a Disney play, make costumes and then perform for the parents at the end of the week!
I feel like one special thing a month for a week long in the summer is a good way to break things up... aaaaaand give ME some free time too. (booyah!)
I love ideas, so let me hear 'em!