Friday, July 12, 2013

DIY Day Camp


In a recent message board discussion, we were asked to share about day camp activities for homeschooled kids. This year was the first time I had done anything like that, and it happened just a couple weeks ago when I decided to have Kamp Kennadyanne at our house. The three boys were all away at Creation, and since Dad was going to be at work during the day, I figured it would be a good idea to commit to doing at least one fun, special mother-daughter activity each day. And then we came up with a fun day camp name and Kamp Kennadyanne was born. Not that I have anything to compare to - my kids have never been to a day camp unless you count VBS!

The focus for us was to do something fun and a little different from our usual, and spend time together so that Kennady had my undivided attention. We didn't spend a lot of money, and we stayed close to home, but we had fun and met our objectives!

We had movie night. Pride & Prejudice was playing in the new Kamp Kennadyanne dorm (also known as Kennady's room - we recently moved an extra TV and DVD player to her room, so it was sort of a Grand Opening too!).
We ate out at Chick-fil-A. Something we both love, and I could better afford it when I was just buying lunch for two of us instead of the whole family!
We also did a little shopping and visited the library to load up on some light Kamp reading.
Kennady came along to worship team practice one evening, and brought her guitar so she could get a little extra practice in. When we got home it was time for an ice cream treat!
We were able to spend one evening going for a long walk (well, Kennady rode her bike) as a family. And of course the guy counselor was trying to make time with the girl counselor! LOL (That's DH and me, so no worries!)

We had pizza night - another treat made affordable by virtue of there being only three people to feed.

Even though the boys were back home, I let Kamp Kennadyanne spill over into the following week too, because we had Canada Day to celebrate -

Kennady had a birthday -

We celebrated the Fourth of July -

And Kennady had a friend over for a sleepover as part of her birthday festivities. I took the girls to see a movie (Despicable Me 2 - very funny!), and we enjoyed pizza for dinner once again. At a bargain price, I might add!

We went to a nearby town to the fireman's carnival and had funnel cakes and watched fireworks.

And my camera pretty much died. So that was the end of pictures.

I'm pretty sure we will have Kamp Kennadyanne again next year, because it was easy and fun. There were plenty of other simple and inexpensive things we could have done that may be on the camp schedule for next year - arts and crafts, a trip to the lake nearby or a hiking trip. I may even allow Kennady to invite a friend or two to stay a couple nights during Kamp Kennadyanne week next year, and really make an event of it!

Do you do any special summer day camp activities at home with your kids? Leave a comment and let me know!
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