Look at this book:
A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
The illustrations in this book are what first caught my attention. I love the way the text says one thing and the pictures show us another. Very clever and funny. You will love the Grandparents, your kids will love the boys and you will all want a similar summer adventure. Share the book with your kids then get busy. Here are some ideas I have to use this book as a jumping point for some summer fun:
* Make Banana waffles:
1 3/4 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 - 4 tbsp. oil
1 1/2 c. milk
2 med. bananas, mashed
Sift first 4 ingredients into bowl. Make a well in center. Combine egg yolks, oil, milk and bananas in bowl; beat well. Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients; stir until just mixed. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in waffle iron using manufacturer's directions. Yields 4 servings.
* Take your kids to the Natural History Museum (that's what Bill wanted to do)
* Take your kids to a local Aquarium to see the penquins (Sea World?)
*Check out books from the library with information on Penquins and Antarctica
* Watch "March of the Penquins".
*Send your kids to their Grandparents house for a week.
*Take your kids to the beach to see the tide pools.
*Send your kids to Nature Camp (what?)
*Take time to have your own nature camp. Hiking, bird watching, Arts and crafts, etc.
*Let your kids get out the big air mattress and sleep on it.
*Let your kids use said air mattress as they see fit
*Spend some time looking at the stars
*Help you kids make their own Antarctica or better yet get them a pile of supplies and let them figure it out on their own.
*If you are lucky enough to have access to mussel shells and rocks make your own Penguins.