A Modest Proposal for Summer Break

Monday, March 31, 2014 Leave a Comment

Today was the first day of spring break. By 11:00 am, I had heard from three of my friends:

"We aren't even halfway into the first day of spring break, and my kids are driving me crazy! What will summer vacation be like?"

I found my boys digging a mine in the backyard and building a mine house out of cardboard boxes and duct tape.

After I made them clean that up, I found them in the park playing a game called "Crazy Golf," where one would hit a golf ball, yell "Charge!" and the other two would chase after the ball. Inevitably they were still on the field when the player lobbed his next ball out. Before I could finish my sentence about how dangerous that game was, my 5 year old was hit in the thigh with a golf ball.

But it got me thinking: what if some of us stay-at-home moms joined forces, and created our own version of summer camp?

Monday mornings we could meet at the F-15 park for a game of kickball. One hour. They'd get bored just in time for the pool to open at 11:00.

Or how about getting some of those high school athletes to hold practice sessions for kids? Get a couple of East High lacrosse players to work with younger kids in the park.

How easy is it to set up a croquet court around the lawn? Are there any volleyball nets in Stapleton?

Seems like a great idea to me: nothing too formal, just open pickup games at our lovely parks.

Who thinks this might be interesting?