Update #1: A Geek Guide to Kids' Summer Vacation

In an earlier post entitled, A Geek Guide to Kids' Summer Vacation, I listed a bunch of geeky activities to do with kids over the summer. We've done a couple of them and here's how we've fared so far...

  • Diet Coke and Mentos: We did this one recently and it didn't work out too well. The pop was too cold to produce the right reaction. Mulligan coming soon on that one.
  • Geeky museum: This week, we'll be meeting up with @capitalmom at the Museum of Nature for our first walk-through since the renovation. If you're up to an early morning meetup, meet us at the front doors at 9:15! There will be a Starbucks run involved when we're done :)
  • Geocaching: Grandma discovered one day that there was a cache in the little park across her street. We tried to find the cache when we were up recently, but no luck. Also tried to find caches on a hike with great-grandma (96 and still going strong), but no luck there either. Apparently there are a ton of caches in our neighbourhood, so we'll be checking some of those out this week.
  • Homework: Check. The Dude has been reading every sign, menu, cereal box, paper we come across. It's fun when he reads something unexpected, like the weekly flyers. "Mom! Do you need an iphone? They're on sale at Best Buy." "No, sweetie. We only buy Androids."
A couple of new items to add:
  • Potato clock: Dude's uncle bought him a Potato Clock kit for his birthday. A short-term project, due to the rotting :)
  • Soap making: Winners has recently been carrying science kits in the toy section. We got a sop-making kit which entails melting glycerine and molding it into the shapes of various germs. Teaches kids that some germs are necessary and helpful.
Have you done anything geeky with your kids this summer? We're always on the lookout for more ideas.

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