How I spent my summer vacation
I love my little
boogers kids , I really do, yet entertaining four kids all summer long was… well, exhausting! (Fun, too, but you know what I mean) In order to keep them (and me) from going cray-cray-crazy, I decided to make the effort to do as many of the free/cheap events and activities Kristin and I have been talking about all summer. We became tourists in our home town.
The three oldest children took part in summer school until early August so that kept their minds and bodies occupied for half of the day. After school we would go to the park. I quickly learned something. Kids get bored of the same playground apparatus all the time. To combat that problem, we went to no less than a dozen different parks over the course of the summer and went back to some favorites several times. New parks + new playground equipment = happy kids!
Wednesdays were a big day for us because of all the free and cheap activities in the Green Bay area! One week we went to the City Deck and not only enjoyed the Waterboard Warriors show, the kids got to play in the splash pad, too. Another Wednesday we visited the Golden Age of Video Games at the Neville Public Museum since Brown County residents get free admission. We visited the N.E.W. Zoo, also on Wednesday night, since they have 1/2 off admission. It was surprisingly quiet that night and the staff said it normally is, even when you get in for half off!? For me, that’s the only time I take the kids!
We enjoyed Colburn Pool on a family freebie night, we went bowling at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley during Dollar Days, we drove to Door County and picked cherries (dressed in our apple picking attire because of the cold temps), we went to the Brown County Fair on Library Day, visited the Tall Ship Festival, and we enjoyed Marcus Theatre’s Kids Dream Summer Film Series, too. Let’s not forget Bay Beach, too!
We spent the day at Lambeau Field, splurging on the stadium tour, Hall of Fame, lunch at Curly’s Pub and watched a little Packers practice, too. We also enjoyed several Green Bay Bullfrogs games (my son even threw out the first pitch on his birthday!) and even went to my husband’s company picnic and watched the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers play ball.
We took road trips to Appleton for the Paper Discovery Center & History Museum at the Castle (awesome!), mini golf in Door County, and took a trip to the DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace, Michigan.
Most of all, we ate out! With the help of our Kids Eat Free/Cheap post, some free meal tickets from the library reading program, as well as half-off deals from Groupon and Deal Chicken, we were able to eat out at many places including Green Bay Distillery (you have to try the giant pretzel!), Chili’s, Texas Roadhouse, Fraluz Frozen Treats, & Applebees. We also tried out other restaurants that we’d never been to before like Firehouse Subs and Noodles & Co., while also visiting some of our favorites like Krolls West and Sammy’s Pizza. I know the kids really enjoyed these treats because normally we do not eat out!
Overall, it was a very satisfying (and busy) summer. We all enjoyed being tourists in Northeastern Wisconsin. Our summer passport is pretty full!
How was your summer?