Next week will be CC’s last week of preschool and let’s just say I’m not counting down the days. It’ll be time to say goodbye to those quiet lazy late mornings when Turner is snoozing in his crib and I can actually have time to sip coffee and get into the Word. Goodbye to shower time, brush and even flatiron my hair time, pick up the mess in peace time, grocery shop with only one kid in the cart time. I’m really going to miss those three lovely morning hours.
Time to say hello to actually having a plan for the day and resisting the temptation to let CC watch videos three hours in a row. To evening showers and picking up the mess and doing dishes the night before so that at least I don’t begin the day with chaos. To finding creative ways to occupy an active three and half year old while his baby brother is napping. To getting used to spending personal time with the Lord with the theme song of Dinosaur Train playing in the background.
On the bright side, it will also mean that the boys will get to spend more time together going to places we haven’t been to for awhile. Here are some of our favorite spots, so if you’re a mom who will be going through school withdrawal after next week, come and join us!
- Habitot – awesome indoor hands-on play museum for younger kids in downtown Berkeley. I love how it’s not too big so it’s easy to keep an eye on all your kids even when they’re doing different activities. There are frequently deals on Livingsocial or Groupon for multiple visits and the Berkeley Public Library also offers free passes. You can also purchase a special summer membership which gives you unlimited visits until the end of September.
- Oakland Zoo – admission is pricey, but again library offers free passes. You don’t have to pay admission for the rides and train located outside of the zoo, just the price of the ride tickets.
- Little Farm at Tilden – make sure you stock up on celery and lettuce before you go!
- Lawrence Hall of Science – fun for all ages. Great indoor hands-on exhibits and fun outdoor play areas. Once again, look for a library pass!
- Children’s Fairyland – such a fun place for the little ones – rides, animals, train, carousels, puppet theater, just to name a few. I scored a livingsocial deal for a year membership which I split with another mom, which gives me and the kids unlimited visits for a year for about $20. Sounds like a fairy tale to me!
What places will you be taking your kids to this summer?