Thursday, June 1, 2017

ABC of Summer Fun

Got this idea from the June 2005 issue of Mpls.St. Paul magazine. The intent was to help parents find "kid-friendly activities that mix recreation and education." Some of the ideas are theirs (if they aren't time-sensitive) and others are mine.

Please note: This is more of a "working document" with reference notes and information for me than it is finished post.

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A - Art - Caponi Art Park in Eagan. (DONE on Sunday, June 18th.)

Sophia and Olivia at Caponi Art Park.

B - Bridges (ties into Olivia's Physics curriculum for 2017-18)
=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoka-Champlin_Mississippi_River_Bridge
=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_5827 - in Zumbro Falls
=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridges_No._L-5853_and_92247 - in St. Paul
=> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendota_Bridge - Mendota Bridge by Fort Snelling

C - County Fair - go to the Chisago County Fair and Washington County Fair. (DONE: the girls entered 4-H projects in the Chisago County Fair and we worked in the malt booth for a couple of hours in July; and we all entered projects in the Washington County Fair in August.)


Olivia with one of her projects that she did for
4-H's Global Connections project.
She focused doing a DNA test to determine her ancestry; and
then researched the different countries where her ancestors lived. 

Sophia made this quilt for her quilting project. 
The colors match her bedroom and
it will a quilt for her bed.
There was a 4-H style show and part of it featured some of the quilts.
They invited Sophia up to talk about her quilt.

No one was at this booth at the Washington County Fair,
but there was a game. 
So, the girls played the game and
awarded themselves prizes.

D - Dog Hiking - Find a place that we haven't been to before and take the dogs hiking. Alternatively, take a day trip to Duluth with the dogs.

E - Explore something at a nature center - Learned about cave formations and the Kartchner Caverns in Arizona. (DONE: July 3, 2017.)

There are formations called "soda straws" that were in the caves.

Olivia is looking at the map of the caves.
We went into two parts of it that
have been made accessible to the public.
There's one more section that is closed seasonally
because bats nest there each year.

F - Franconia Sculpture Park - Explore the park.

G - Geology - Grand Canyon. (DONE - went with Olivia on July 5th-6th while Sophia was at the Take Action Camp in Tucson, Arizona.) We also went on a cave tour and did some cave exploration on our own in Arizona on July 3rd and July 5th.

Olivia at the Grand Canyon.

Olivia and I explored the Lava River Tube cave in northern Arizona.
The ground was a lot rockier than we expected.

We also visited Kartchner Caverns State Park; and
toured two of the caves there. We'd like to go back and
see the third one at some point.

H - House tour - tour Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. (DONE - July 7, 2017.)

Olivia sitting in the "origami chair" in the living room at Taliesin West.

This was like a little cabaret lounge at Taliesin West.
The red is Frank Lloyd Wright's signature color.

I - Ice Cream - go out for an ice cream treat. (DONE: Went to Dairy Queen on Thursday, August 10th following a 4-H orientation about competing at the State Fair.)

J - Jungle - Go to Como Zoo and see what animals would live in the jungle.

K - Kittens and Cats - Volunteer at the humane society with the kittens and cats. (DONE: Volunteered on August 14th to spend time with two cats. Also saw lots of kittens waiting to be adopted.)



Bruce watching a toy intently.

Sophia petting Lilliana.

L - Lutz Backyard Railroad Garden. Waterfall, Petrified Rocky Mountains and summit-topping tram, miniature village, tiny plants and shrubs, and G-scale model train. 2960 Eagan Avenue in Eagan. Open only once a month. June 18th or August 20th would work best. (DONE: Went to the railroad garden on June 18th.)

Looking at one of many different scenes of the outdoor railroad.

 M - Minnesota Twins - see the Twins play at the outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis. (DONE: Went to a game on August 17th.)

N - Nursing Home - help with the 100th birthday of a resident on July 28th and the pizza party on August 22nd.

A full dining room to celebrate Nina's 100th birthday.

O - Osceola Rhubarb Days - There are activities on both June 2nd and 3rd. (DONE: Went to an outdoor picnic, Farmers Market, and to Mr. Deals on June 2nd.)


The girls at the outdoor picnic at Osceola Rhubarb Days.

P - Prayer Beads at White Bear Center for the Arts. (DONE: Did this on June 8th.)


Sophia making a prayer bracelet.

Q - Quiet Day at the library - taking a class and checking out books. We checked out books and movies; and then went to a presentation by RAD Zoo about reptiles and amphibians. (DONE: Did this on August 12th.)

Olivia and Sophia touching and looking at a boa constrictor.

R - Removal of a bunion - Sophia had surgery on her left foot to remove a bunion and will have a second surgery after Labor Day to remove the one on her right foot. The surgery and healing process altered some of the original places that I anticipated we would go. However, her health is much more important, and the activities that we were going to do will be there next year.

She is documenting the experience - pre-op, surgery, and healing - for a 4-H health project for next year. (DONE: July 25th.)


Sophia after surgery with Dr. Clair who operated on her foot.

S - Science Museum in St. Paul - The Science Behind Pixar opens on June 9th.

T - Tea Party at Panola Valley Gardens - attend a tea party on a Sunday in August. (DONE: Did this on August 13th.)

U - United Noodles - shop for Asian food that the girls have enjoyed eating and purchase fruit for Sophia's 4-H project. (DONE: Did this on August 17th.)

V - Victoria, Minnesota - Go to Lowry Nature Center. From the LNC website: "Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of the Carver Park Reserve.

"The 250-acre interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats, including lakes, tamarack swamps, cattail marshes, oak and maple / basswood forests, and 'Habitats,' an outdoor education exhibit, and play area."

W - Wood burning - Take a class at the Wyoming Center for the Arts. (DONE - Did this on June 15th.)

Sophia working on her woodburning project.

Olivia working on her woodburning project.

X - X marks the spot. Create a treasure map and the girls have to follow clues and the map to find what we are doing.

Y - Yogurt Making - use the yogurt maker and see if we can make yogurt that tastes good. Add freshly-picked berries that we pick this summer. (DONE - Did this on June 8th.)


Homemade yogurt ready to eat.

Z - Minnesota Zoo - Visit the Kangaroo Crossing and other areas of the Zoo that we didn't see in March.

1 comment:

Rita said...

Wow! What a list! Looks like fun ahead. :)