Summer Fun Guide 2011

kids looking towards the beach

copyright J.J. Newby

Local schools are about to end the scho0l year and break for summer.  How do I know?  Not because my own kids are counting down the days, but because I’m getting emails from parents — some I know in real life and some I don’t — asking me in frantic tones, “ARE YOU DOING THE SUMMER FUN GUIDE?!”

Oh…. do you mean, THIS SUMMER FUN GUIDE?

Yes! As long as I have kids to entertain over the summer, I will produce the Summer Fun Guide!  I plan to add one more section and once that is complete, your very, very favorite section… the famous “by-date” section will go up, but the concerts, movies, anytime, libraries, local parks and even a few weekend excursions and day trips are up, so that ought to tide you over in the meantime.

It’s hard for me to believe what started out as a Word document in 2006 a few months after JavaGirl was born is now something people look forward to every year!  Thank you for asking about it — your emails remind me that the hard work that goes into it is worth it not just for me for all the parents out there who sometimes need that extra boost during the summer.  Please share the link with everyone and let them know about the blog as well!  I promise to be much more consistent about my posts upon completion of the SFG!

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  1. I was about to be one of those Mom’s you don’t know. Thank you thank you thank you. Wish i did know you — you are amazing!

  2. I can appreciate the idea behind this – giving kids and families something fun to do over the summer. Really, I can. I also think you’re doing a great job putting this together year after year as it’s clearly something many people look forward to, which must make it all worth it for you!

    But are people really that frantic about having their kids home with them for 2-1/2 months?? That’s just…sad, to be honest. Wow. They go 10 months only seeing their kids in the evenings and on weekends…..then freak out at seeing them 24/7 for a couple of months? Seriously?!? As a homeschooling mom, I hardly notice that it’s become summer all of a sudden (though the scorching temperatures give me some clue…). I am just ….floored??….. that parents are actually “frantic” at the thought of having their kids home with them every day for just over 2 months. :(