Stumped For Summer Plans? Check Out A Mom And Son Must Do List

July 8, 2016  |  


Taiia Smart Young with her hubby and No. 1 son

By Taiia Smart Young

I’m probably just as eager as the No. 1 Son is for the summer break as he is. It’s a break for him, and for me, from the non-stop hamster wheel of projects, homework, testing, fundraisers, school trips and parent-teacher conferences.

His summer flow is set up: A STEM program at NYU, two weeks in Cali with his grandparents and summer camp.

But then I still have to do something super cool to make the summer extra special. Our family has an annual beach day with the cousins, and playing football in the park, but after logging mad hours at the office, I always overcompensate for lost time (cough, mommy guilt, cough) during the summer.

Maybe he wants to play pool and catch the latest teen flick in the same day. Cool. Kiss a slippery dolphin? That’s not my thing, but okay. Bike down a mountain in Jamaica? Been there, done that. Sure, no problem. Actually, that was a problem, Houston. As we descended I saw my wonderful life flash before my eyes, so I decided to walk down the mountain instead.

So last week we decided to come up with a plan and I asked the No. 1 Son to whip up his Summer Must-Do List. I’m still waiting for his info, but mine is ready to go. Hit the jump for the top five items on my Summer Must-Do List.



Host A Summer Olympics

The secret event planner in me is desperate to make this happen. My plan is to invite about 15 teens and their families to our favorite park in Brooklyn for dodge ball, three-legged races, Double Dutch, steal the bacon and more. I’ll cop some cute medallions from Party City for the winners and we’ll end the day slurping on Italian Ices during a big family picnic.


woman on building balcony


Have A Sip ’N Shop Garage Sale

While I don’t have a garage, my terrace offers an amazing view of the city (minus the $29 price tag they charge at the Empire State Building’s Observation Deck). In my dream world, I’d slap a price tag on my old books, unopened beauty products and tools and No. 1 Son’s barely worn Jordans (his feet seem to grow overnight) and serve cocktails to the adults and mocktails to the under-21 set.




Plan A Road Trip

My family cannot ride together for more than five hours in a car. We tried it and bladders were tested and tempers flared. But a five-hour timeframe gives us plenty of options, like hitting Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Splash Mountain in Maryland and Fenway Park in Boston. Shoot, we can even hang out with Diddy in the Hamptons or sip lemonade and cool in the shade with the First Family at Martha’s Vineyard.




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Watch a Movie Under the Stars

I don’t mind grabbing a blanket to watch classics like Beetlejuice or Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai with a few hundred of my closest friends on a manicured lawn, especially since the concession stands have upgraded the eats to include lobster sandwiches and tequila!




Act Like a Tourist

Last summer, the No. 1 Son and I boarded one of those hop-on, hop-off tour buses to see our high-city the way visitors do. Our favorite part was posing with the Biggie and Carmelo Anthony figures at Madame Tussauds wax museum. Maybe we’ll do one of those Hush Tours (a.k.a. the hip-hop tour) with Grandmaster Caz from the Cold Crush Brothers and check out the Graffiti Wall of Fame.

What are some of your ideas for spending the summer with your children? Will you be heading out of town or staying local?

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