Summer is winding down
August 16, 2010
by Jenni Sebora

Each summer our family has grand plans to engage in summer fun, which we do, but the summer seems to pass so quickly that our list of fun to-do’s is only half achieved.

We did make some visits to the public libraries in the area, and our youngest child participated in a storytelling adventure by creating a serpent out of recyclable materials. This was offered free by the Carver County libraries.

The Wild Rumpus book store in Minneapolis is one of our children’s favorites. This summer, the cats, chickens, ferrets and the mouse “in the basement” were their Wild Rumpus favorites.

The book store is very family-friendly. You can look at books, befriend animals that make their home at the store, and, of course, purchase books, too. Our book purchases were a “Little House on the Prairie” younger chapter book for our kindergartener (well, soon-to-be first grade) daughter, and book one of “The 39 Clues” series. All of our children are reading this book. I think I will, too.

“Book One: The Maze of Bones” was written by Rick Riordan. The historical figure featured is Benjamin Franklin, with the locations of Boston, Philadelphia, and Paris. There are seven books in the series, each one written by a different author. The bestselling series allows the reader to explore geography, literature, history, and math.

Both of our daughters participated in a community education science spy class. They both enjoyed this endeavor while unlocking mysteries in the class.

Our two oldest children attended a week-long church camp, on two separate weeks, of course. They both love this camp and look forward to it each summer.

We’ve made numerous trips to the local swimming pool. Nothing beats this for exercise, socializing, and staying cool. Our plan was to beach-hop and visit some different beaches this summer. We did make it to one beach and park. We traveled to Lake Independence during the week of the Fourth of July and were pleasantly surprised that it was not very busy. We had a great time swimming, making sand castles, and playing at their large playground area.

A trip to a relative’s cabin on a lake in Hayward, WI also involved swimming and lots of kayaking, which is our son’s favorite lake activity.

We spent a splendid warm evening in the air-conditioned Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, enjoying the amateur theater production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The lyrics were by Tim Rice, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the production was directed by David Metcalf. I loved it, and my family, including my husband, our children, and my sister-in-law and her children, agreed with my sentiments.

It is never a wasted opportunity to watch or participate in a theater production, whether professional or amateur. I have been to a few plays put on at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center and have never been disappointed. And, you can’t beat the admission prices.

A trip to the Como Zoo to observe its inhabitants is always a treat. My favorite, though, is a visit to the conservatory to view the wonderful blooms. The colors and scents provide such a treat for one’s senses.

A trip to Valley Fair and Space Aliens, as well as some stay-at-home time have all been a part of our 2010 summer experience. And now, it is time to look ahead for a trip to get those school supplies, I can’t believe it. Another summer coming to a close with the start of another season just around the corner.

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