With the last month of summer break upon us I know that a lot of us and our kids are getting a bit bored or stir crazy. They I’m sure have tiered up on Fortnite many times and you're singing the Staples back to school song in your head. With one month left its time to get out and have some fun before the school year resumes. I’ve compiled a list of great local events and activities going on that are good for the whole family. I've also added a few teen challenges that you can put forth to your son or daughter to motivate them to either earn a few bucks or just challenge themselves to be a better human.
The 56th Annual Abbotsford International Airshow - August 10-12, 2018. At the Abbotsford International Airport. The whole weekend is great for the whole family, but my personal favourite is the Friday night performance. The Twilight Show - The gates open at 3:00pm. This year the Blue Angels are flying at 4:30, Snowbirds are at 6:00, CF-18 Hornet at 8:30 and Fireworks Finale at 9:45pm. This is a short version of the longer day program and a great family evening out with all of the best performances condensed into one night. The fireworks were really great and about 30-45 mins long!
Chilliwack River Rafting! - Great for the whole family, especially if you have some adrenalin junkies amongst your crew. Do a day trip or an overnight adventure. Riders must be at least 22kg. Open for the summer until September 30. Check out their website for more details. https://www.chilliwackriverrafting.com
Twilight Drive- in Movie Theatre - Pack up the vehicle with your favourite pillows and blankets and hit the theatre for some retro family fun. Let the kids stay up late with the only outdoor theatre. http://twilightdrivein.net
Kayaking through Indian Arm at Deep Cove - Kayak rentals are available at Deep Cove Kayak. The day doesn’t have to end there, you can take the shortish hike up to Quarry Rock and finish off with a donut at Hunni’s.
SUP ( Stand up Paddleboarding.) If you aren’t lucky enough to own your own board Vallahalla Pure in Abbotsford rents inflatable paddle boards that are fantastic, along with a paddle, pump and pfd. You can rent for a day or more. A great way to explore those waterways that you’ve not been able to before. Chilliwack Lake is on our list before summers through.
Grab the family and head outdoors for a great hike at one of the many trails in the Fraser Valley. Some of our faves are Mt Cheam, Elk Mountain, and Chadsey Lake. Things to know about Cheam are that the road to the parking lot is only accessible by 4x4. The washouts on the FSR are quite large so you must be prepared. The view at the top is worth the challenge of getting there. Mt Slesse is on our August bucket list. Visit the Commemorative Site where Trans Canada Airlines Flight 810 crashed on December 9, 1956. See glaciers and beautiful views. Elk Mountain, this is for more experienced hikers. Its totally doable for the whole family, just plan your time accordingly to your hiking abilities. Once you reach the peak at Elk you can go another approx 40 mins to Thurston. Still have to get there ourselves but getting to the Peak of Elk is stunning. If you want something in the Abbotsford area Sumas Mountain park offers some great hikes too. The hike to Chadsey Lake is a moderate hike. Its downhill all the way to the lake, so don’t get too excited, you have to come back up, so your hike is kind of backwards which is a fun challenge.
If activities aren’t on your agenda for August then its time to challenge your teen to get that brain working again. We've complied some great ideas that we (my son included) to challenge your teen to. I try to remember that we are raising the people of the future and that its the best way to create the world that we want to live in.
1. Start a small business to make some extra money. Our sons has a couple of small businesses that he works, He started a car wash. He did flyers and handed them out to neighbours, he also offers them to my guests at my salon. They could even do landscaping of sorts, like lawn mowing, weeding, sweeping, pressure washing. The opportunities are endless.
2. Volunteer for a kids camp. Giving back to the community is a great way to keep busy and also it looks great to universities when its time to start applying. Its never too early to start thinking for the future.
3. Making a dinner menu and shopping list for a week. Take some pressure off of your self. Have them make a dinner plan for the week and let them know you will take them shopping for the ingredients. Challenge them with some meal perameters so as to not get hot dogs and macaroni every night. This is a great life skill for them, and a great break for you.
4. Get outside and get some excerise. Challenge them with some sort of reward for getting outside and doing some activity every day for a week, or two. This is a great way to create a new habit. You can create the challenges together, this way they take ownership and want to participate.
5. Get them to think of someone who may be lonely or needs extra help. This may be a senior citizen or a neighbour that has lost a spouse. They can visit with them or give them a helping hand with whichever things are needed, within reason.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! Entertaining our teens away from the digital world can be tricky but extremely rewarding. It can take a bit of extra effort, but quality family time is well worth it! Cheers!