I grew up in the Boston area, a place where people travel from all over the world to see unique tourist spots. But when it is in your backyard, it can be easy to ignore. The Freedom Trail, Salem witch stuff, Paul Revere’s Place, & The Boston Tea Party are things you either did on a field trip from school or took an out of town visitor to see, they weren’t things you did just for yucks.
If you are in the “there is nothing” to do here mentality, stop and think for a moment about all the hidden treasures around you. When you are experiencing something for the first time, it can be magical. Visiting nutrias at a dam is exciting to my kids (& me, a big kid), touring public libraries, running around new playgrounds & city parks is exciting, visiting an old gas station in Abita Springs to get a candy & coke a bottle candy can fill a day.
It is almost summer vacation – 9 more days (gulp, panic)! Every time we have moved (lost count), I like to come up with a master list of places we should check out. I hate to waste time deciding what we should do on a given day. This week, the list needs to happen, while the ten million “end of school” activities take place. I’ll let the kids take turns picking from the list. over the summer. A summer of sitting their butts in front of the TV & Playstation is not going to happen – promise you that! We have so much exploring to do in our new backyard, home, state.
Your Task for the day: come up with 3 things that you think my kids would enjoy doing that may be as simple as visiting all the fleur de lis statues around town and taking pictures of them or stopping some place for a unique pastry!
Let’s here it from you, the locals, the newbies, whoever…I need some ideas please…..
FWIW – 3 years ago when we moved to Tulsa, OK over the summer – we did a “penguin statue” tour. We had a printed sheet of the 100 or so statues around town and checked them off as we found them. Yes, I’m easily amused! (cross-posted at NOLA.com)