3) Is there a new restaurant in town? Head out to support a local business and try their special of the day. Weekday Themes for 4) Tired of playing the same sport? Time to try your athletic skills in another way. Check out your park district to sign up for a class to learn how to golf or play ultimate Frisbee. 5) Get out of your comfort zone. Have you always wanted to try ziplin- ing, rock climbing, or indoor skydiving? Well, what are you waiting for? Wacky Water Wednesday 1) Rent a rowboat, canoe or kayak at a local forest preserve or state park. Most charge a reasonable amount by the hour and include life vests. 2) Create your own neighborhood regatta using boats made with sponges. Cut a hole, insert a balloon through the sponge, blow up and release in a pond or pool. — by Pam Molnar S tudents (and often their par- ents) can’t wait to hear the last bell ring before sum- mer break. They say goodbye to early mornings and their rigid routine. But as a mother who is preparing for her 15th summer break, I can tell you that several weeks routine free can be tough. The solution is not to fill your days from sun up to sun down; it is called summer break for a reason. However, a summer routine mixed with equal parts of fun makes for a memorable summer. Here are 25 days of summer fun planned out for you! Mad Science Mondays items you have at home. 3) Head to the zoo to learn about the animals and their habitats, conservation and our environment. Many zoos offer family programs and classes allowing a close up look. 4) Check out your local recycling center for a tour. Google “free recycling tours near me” for more information in your area. 5) Create your own sensory table out of an old coffee table. Repaint, cut a hole for a large bin and add water, sand or rice. Tu(esday) Adventure and Beyond 1) Bring out your inner-astronomer and head to the planetarium. Check out large city venues or small college pro- grams for a variety of shows and dis- plays. 1) Try a new food. Gather foods that your kids have never tried before (including some of your favorites) for a fun taste test. 2) A budget friendly science day might include DIY science experiments. Check out Lifehack.org or Pinterest for some great tests that you can try with 2) Look online for a new bike trail or walking trail near your house or a short car ride away and explore your new surroundings. 8 WNY Family July 2018 3) Have a pool party. Create a sum- mer heat reprieve with a backyard pool party or rent an inflatable waterslide for hours of summer time fun. 4) Learn to snorkel. A basic kid’s snorkel set is inexpensive and can be tried out in your backyard po ol. 5) Watch Pirates of the Caribbean or Little Mermaid for an indoor water day. Make a day of it by making home- made fish sticks or popcorn shrimp and dive into some fish themed crafts.