Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Blog is Back

In the Summer of 2010, I decided to rebrand my lack of planning for the summer into what I preferred to call a “positive opportunity” by hatching the idea of a Summer of Fun Bucket List (aka, Camp Mom). The kids and I had one glorious summer of diligently researching, planning, executing, and blogging, but the idea eventually lost momentum and quietly slipped into oblivion in 2011 and 2012.
This summer, I am resurrecting and updating our Summer of Fun Bucket List for 2013 and the rules, resources, and other perimeters are set forth below (I’m hoping that a summer of blogging will make me write less like a recovering lawyer and more like a writer):

  • Prepare a draft schedule five days a week, every week, until the end of the summer, subject to weather, changes in attitude, or other unforeseen circumstances. Without the working schedule, I am staring down 13 unplanned and unaccounted for weeks of summer with three children ages eight-and-a-half, six-and-a-half, and four--potentially dangerous and soul-sucking situation. The success of the Summer of Fun 2013 turns on the schedule, which has been (mostly) planned out through the end of June and remains a work in progress
  • Tie in relevant books and movies into our regular outings
  • Record our daily adventures and outings in a blog, even though I may very well be the least technologically advanced person under the age of 97
  • Have each child and myself complete a hard copy scrapbook of our summer, complete with photos, ticket stubs, postcards, written descriptions, and drawings

THE CATEGORIES  (in the past three years, this has morphed into a somewhat unwieldy 65-page  Word document and includes:)
  • Museums
  • Beaches/Pools
  • Playgrounds/Parks
  • Zoos
  • Libraries
  • Gardens
  • Other (this is a smorgasbord of places that defy easy categorization such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, and Grey Line double decker bus tours)
  • Neighborhoods and Walking Tours
  • Broadway, Movies, and Other Shows
  • Adventures Outside the City and Overnight Trips

  • City Walks With Kids: New York 50 Adventures on Foot by Elissa Stein
  • Fodor’s Around New York City With Kids, 4th Edition
  • Storied City: A Children’s Book Walking Tour Guide of New York City by Leonard S. Marcus
  • New York Family: website and monthly magazine (newyorkfamily.com)
  • Red Tricycle: website (redtri.com)
  • Time Out Kids New York: website and monthly magazine (timeout.com/new-york-kids)


  1. This is so neat what you do & I am right there w/ you (except it looks like maybe you're not doing it anymore...)

  2. Thanks for reading! Camp Mom is a summer-by-summer thang and this summer, we are exploring Litchfield County, CT, although I haven't gotten my act together enough yet to blog about it!