Tahoe Mom Talk: Summer activities for the Kids
Summer is here! This is my absolute favorite time of year … the days are long, the weather is gorgeous and our living space doubles as we’re constantly in our backyard.
Raising two boys requires tons of activities to keep them busy and properly wear them out by bedtime. Here are some of my favorite summer activities:
Make it a Beach Day: It should go without saying that Tahoe summers require lots of time at the beach. Our favorite beach for the kids is Baldwin Beach. There is an inlet of water that streams into the lake and during “usual” summers the kids can splash around without as much worry. We bought our older son a kid’s kayak and attached about 100 feet of rope to it so he can paddle around. He loves it! Don’t forget to buy your beach pass to really maximize your beach days. Oh and little known tip, I find that Tahoe actually gets warmer as the day goes on, so hit the beach after work with some sandwiches and enjoy the summer evenings.
Family Bike Rides: I’m ashamed to admit that I did not own a bike until a couple weeks ago … what a game changer! We love taking bike rides around the neighborhood after work and riding to the park on the weekends. It’s such a fun way to bond and stay active.
Catch a Concert: Between Lakeview Commons, Harvey’s Concert Series and now AleWorX’s outdoor patio, there are dozens of ways to catch live concerts. I personally loved when we had the 10th Tee Concert Series out at Lake Tahoe Golf Course (bring it back!) where we would set up picnic blankets and let the kids run wild. That said, I have to give a big kudos to AleWorX for creating a family-friendly environment for their customers to enjoy.
Peruse the Farmer’s Market: We’re so lucky to have several farmer’s markets that are family friendly. The Friday Night Farmer’s Market on Ski Run is great for kids … there is a popsicle cart along with lots of fun activities for the kids. The bonus is that you can grab dinner at Blue Angel Cafe or Chimayó on your way out.
Dine al Fresco (at home!): Though we love to go out to eat, barbecuing in your own backyard definitely has its upsides. One, you’re home and the kids can play with their own toys outside. Two, it’s easy to put everything on the grill, from burgers to pizzas, vegetables and even peaches … served with ice cream and honey of course! Three, it’s social! Invite your friends (preferably those who have kids of their own) and everyone gets to relax and enjoy.
What are your favorite summer activities?
Natasha Schue is a mom of two boys, wife and a full-time working, young professional. You can read more about her family adventures on her blog schuelove.com or follow her on Instagram @schuelove. You can send questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.