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Backyard Summer Camp: Day 2

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 7:40 am in Backyard Summer Camp.

Zeum We’re continuing to celebrate the glories of DIY summer camp, the economical, fun way to keep kids entertained this summer – right in your own backyard or, better yet, your neighbor’s! As we mentioned, our colleague Peggy Spear wrote this great how-to piece, and we’ve been sharing bits and pieces, starting with how to set it up in the first place , and how to host a Backyard Olympics for the first day. Here’s Peggy’s great idea for day 2, with some variations on the theme…

Day 2: Day Tripping
Round up some helpers – other parents or teen “camp counselors” – and hit the road. Just make sure everyone has a buddy, says Peggy, and don’t forget to count heads every now and then.

  • Take the crew to San Francisco by BART or ferry for a tour around Yerba Buena Gardens or Chinatown.
  • Nearly every museum has a scavenger hunt for kids, so take advantage of free days at the museums and make this a wallet-friendly, cultural foray. The Oakland Museum, for example, is hosting a Pixar exhibit.
  • Visit your local children’s museum – or round up the minivans and venture to a children’s museum in a neighboring town. Us Bay Area-ites have an embarrassment of riches in that respect, including Berkeley’s Habitot, San Francisco’s Zeum (and the cool carousel next door, pictured), the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, and the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.
  • Play local tourist. Don the ridiculous clothing, wear outsized sunglasses, carry maps, and go hit the tourist destinations you never visit. Oh you know what we mean – Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory!

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