Five nights from now I’ll be sleeping in a tent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My brother, Dad, and I will be hiking the 10+ miles to Havasu Falls, and I am beyond excited.
I’m super thankful for both my mom and Jay who are making this trip possible by watching Chica and Bubba for the week that we are gone. That’s some big time love right there.
In preparation for Jay’s days with the kiddos in Lynchburg, I sat down and typed out every possible fun thing I could think of for him to do with them while I’m gone. I fully realize that survival mode may kick in, and they’ll spend 95% of the time watching Elmo’s World and escaping to Nana’s house. And I am totally great with that…I get it.
But sometimes the biggest barrier to doing something fun is just not having a fresh idea or all the info. It’s not so easy to come up with the ideas when someone’s throwing a tantrum in the floor and you realize that NOW is the time to move on to the next thing…preferably out of the house. So thus the Best Daddy Staycation Ever: Lynchburg Edition list was born.
And after I finished typing it, I realized that I might just be pulling out this list again in those desperate tantrum-on-the-floor moments when I return home for to the remainder of the summer. So maybe there’s one or two of you that would like the list as well. At least it might save you the time it takes to look up the hours of operation for some of the spots you don’t visit often.
So feel free to download the document below. I edited the one I gave to Jay because, well, you don’t really need to know where we keep the sidewalk chalk or the phone numbers of friends to call to send out an S.O.S. (Friends…you know who you are….feel free to call and check on them ’round about Wednesday or Thursday!) I left off some obvious toddler activities that are just a given, like reading. I’m pretty sure Bubba could do that all day, but one daddy can only read Barnyard Dance so many times in a 24 hour period. There were a few Lynchburg spots I didn’t include because I knew Jay wouldn’t be interested. Ex. He doesn’t do pools. Oh, and he’s going to have them Tuesday through Friday, so I only included activities that were scheduled for those days.
Finally, if you live somewhere other than Lynchburg, maybe you’ll be inspired to edit this list to include the best ideas and times for your own city. Feel free to share it here if you want.
Lynchburg Staycation <—-Download here!
P.S. I had totally intended to add links for many of these places, but the rumored storm is here and in full swing. I expect we may lose power shortly, so I’m just going to post as-is. I’m praying this summer’s derecho is nothing like last year’s!