Thursday, June 9, 2011

Last Week of School - Thursday

Today and Tomorrow.  That's it.  Then the grandkids will be home all day, every day.  Except for Friday nights when they spend the night at Nana and Papa's . . . 1.9 miles away.  Such a short distance, such a huge reprieve!

I'm a bit worried about keeping the kids busy, out of trouble, fight-free and keeping the house clean, eBay, Artfire and Captive Decals on track.  Their school has sent home numerous fliers for summer activities.

Calam Shrine Circus:  All 3 grandkids got free tickets to the circus on June 18th.  I found their website; adult tickets are only $12.  The circus is worth a week of keeping up chores and not calling each other names.

HREIThe Human Rights Education Institute is about 2 miles away from us.  They offer free summer activities every Monday from 3pm to 7pm and the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm.  Books to read, fun crafts, treats.  The activities are meant for families to do together; however, they also have crafts for young children through adults and fun things for teenagers.

Post Falls Library: The library has a Summer Reading program that we'll enroll all 3 grandkids in.  All summer the grandkids can bring their reading logs in to the library to check out books and receive weekly giveaways and drawings for prizes.  More information on Idaho Libraries can be found at

Skate Plaza:   All 3 grandkids received a Summer Skate Pass to go Roller Skating.  They'll have a blast doing that!  Probably good for another week of chores and no name calling.

Cops n Kids and Rodders n More:   Our local police department is very community oriented.  We've only lived in Post Falls, Idaho since the middle of last July and the grandkids have toured the Police Department in Post Falls twice already.  Last year they were give little autograph books and all the officers on duty signed them (the kids still have the books).  An obstacle course is set up for the kids, they get to see all the police cars and motorcycles up close and personal, they come home with a tote bag full of stickers, brochures, pencils, etc.

Post Falls Parks and Recreations:   If I really get desperate and need a week off there is always Kamp Ka-Mee-Lin Summer Kamp!  It would cost nearly $300 per week for all 3 kids, but I could pick which week or weeks I wanted the kids to go.  The weeks are themed (I'm hoping to send the kids for Dr. Suess is on the Loose! week.  Some of the themes offered are Jungle Jive, Alien Encounters, Just Horsin' Around and Nature in a Nutshell.  For $277 the grandkids would go to camp for one week from Monday through Friday and enjoy activities from 7am to 6pm.  An eleven hour a day reprieve for Grandma!

Plus coupons for free ice cream cones and Wacky Packs at Sonic, free milk shakes at Red Robin, free personal pizzas at Pizza Hut, and they will probably get more today and tomorrow!

Even with all that, I'm still worried about keeping them busy for the 16 hours a day that they are awake from June 11th to September 6th.  Got any ideas?

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
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