93 dF. Hello Summer! No clouds to block the unrelenting rays of the golden globe which baths our planet with light and “other things” (ie., UV rays), so indoor activities today!
Analise bounced through the front door, Tigger-like, and for the most part, proceeded to coordinate our play time together.
First up – Tinker Toys
A couple of years ago, we had bought a set of classic wood pieces through an online store. They were supposed to be the same as the ones we remembered from childhood but like everything change was inevitable. Most of the pieces fit well together and some required a bit of muscle and determination. Analise prevailed and built 3-4 mini-obstacle/gymnastics devices with instruction readily provided when asked. The good thing about tinker toys? They do what their name implies…allows the person to tinker. Challenge? We needed more pieces and had to make do with what we had.
Second Activity – Painting
But not your normal paint on paper activity…oh no, we went directly to rock and paper plate painting. A little gold, blue, green and red and “poof” the rock was done (on one side; have to wait for it to dry). Then a studied look and a swipe here and there, and the paper plate was finished to become the next design for dining plates!
Third Activity – Play-doh
Soon we were building “cake pop” heads on toothpicks, fleshing out the eyes, adding hair and a mouth. The point of these critters? Why to have a character-to-character conversation, or as it turned out today, a spelling contest. My character was requested to spell “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and did all right until just after “fragil”…then the spelling got a bit lost. Analise asked that the whole event (once our characters had been fleshed out) be videotaped including the contest and the subsequent conversations. It’s always fun to see what our creatures said, how they acted and how they responded to each other.
Fourth – Balloon Badminton
I’ve written about this in the past. Take one or more balloons and a couple of rackets, clear the floor, set boundaries and soon a tournament will manifest itself. G’mama and Analise batted the balloon back and forth and forth and back (Analise is really good at this).
Fifth – Operation
Similar to the classic Operation game, our variant allowed Analise to go “fishing.” She quickly determined that going for the fishtails with the tweezers was the easiest, and prevented the annoying buzzer from fulfilling its design (buzz-z-z-z-z-z!).
A short snack time then packed up and head out to lunch at “The Loop” to celebrate “Hamburger Day” (well, and pizza day and wrap day and …). From some of the feedback I received (I had to stay home with the contractors), the place was crazy busy and noisy; the food was “okay.” Best way to rate it – give it a try outside of the normal lunchtime rush.
Sixth – Bowling
Woo-Hoo! Bowling fun with Analises’ cousins, her Uncle Josh and Aunt Karen at Northside Bowling Lanes to keep cool in the afternoon! And to top it off, Northside participates in the “Kids Bowl Free” (https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=6513) program so summertime is the perfect time to spare no expense and strike up a new hobby (yes, I know too punny).
Last but not Least – Backyard Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course
MOST of the activities today were indoors. The final one prior to clean up and head out to dance class was the obstacle course. I set it up before Analise returned from bowling so it was all ready when she arrived. Unfortunately, I had to work with a couple of local contractors and did not get to see how she did on the course. I will summarize what I heard from my lovely wife, Cheryl, about the rigors of the course (some easy, some hard; some used once, some over and over again).
Overbooking. Between contractors, Analise pick-up, bowling, and her return home, it was a way too busy day. Add in all the things we did with Analise and the heat, I am exhausted thinking about it.
- Lesson learned regards to today? Do not schedule anything else on gkid days, period!
- Lesson learned in general? Upon reflection, I have to admit I will, at times, book and overbook activities neglecting to block off time (set boundaries) for self, family, and friends. The incessant, never-ending list of to-do items tends to distract me from what is really important…time with others especially family.
- Link: Northside Bowling Lane (http://www.bowlnorthside.com); The Loop (https://www.looppizzagrill.com/locations/winston-salem.aspx)
- Location: Northside Bowling Lanes (3550 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27105); The Loop (320 South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103)
- Cost: nothing since I used stuff from other adventures
- What did the kids like/dislike: too hard to narrow down; Analise had fun with everything (great attitude!)
- Kids opinion of it: Thumbs up!
- What to do: egads!
- New places to eat along the way: none today
- Discoveries: overbooking activities and meetings, bad; time for others, good.
- Difficulty of getting around: none
- Return/Do Again?: definitely
- Restrooms: clean and available
- Parking: our driveway