Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Prepping for Summer

The countdown started weeks ago and now I have few days left before summer vacation is once again upon us. True, we won't be scrambling to get everyone out the door every morning, but we are also closer to the seemingly endless litany of "I'm booooooored."

The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science
by Sean Connolly
We have a few things planned: swimming, camping, playing at the park with friends, enjoying the garden, summer reading, and of course binging on some shows on Netflix.
We all know it's not summer without summer reading. I've already mentioned a few books on our list for this vacation. Last year, we had a great time with Irresponsible Science by Sean Connolly. This year we'll try Potentially Catastrophic Science, which includes a history of scientific innovation as well as experiments.

There are also quite a few reading programs. Check out your local library, Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, Books-A-Million, and indies. In many cases you can get a free book or other prizes. For instance, with the B&N journal, once you've read 8 books and written who you would recommend them to and why, then you get to choose a free book from a preselected list.

Read on for more items.

This next one fits in more with my bike post from a couple of weeks ago, but was just too cool to resist. We plan on more bike rides anyways this summer. It's a skull with freaking laser cannons!

Blazing Skull Bicycle Tail Light with Laser Cannon Lane Markers from ThinkGeek
 There is nothing like piling a bunch of pillows on the floor, popping some popcorn, and settling in for an Avatar: The Last Airbender marathon. I would love to snuggle up to one of these books.
Olde Book Pillow Classics from ThinkGeek 

I wonder if this kaiju likes chomping aphids as much as gnomes?
Rampaging Kaiju Garden Gnome from ThinkGeek
 Monoply: that game that takes forever to play, where I pretend not to notice as the children cheat so that we can finish faster. However, I might play a bit longer if I got to be Twilight Sparkle.
My Little Pony Monopoly from ThinkGeek
 If you're heading to the pool or the beach, you are going to need a towel. It's just good advice to carry one with you at all times, anyways. I call the Han in carbonite.
Star Wars Towels from ThinkGeek

I played UNO when I was a kid and now the kids love it. True, this can become the unending game as well, but it is easily portable and we all have fun playing.
UNO (from Toys R Us)

It is also time for making ice and fruit juice cubes. I generally prefer the fun ice cube trays, such as this one:
Doctor Who Ice Cube Tray from ThinkGeek
I'm thinking of using blueberry lemonade for the Tardis. ThinkGeek also has Star Trek, Serenity, and Pac Man trays, just to name a few.

What is on your list for summer fun?

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