About the time summer starts, I get a toy ice block ready and just keep refilling the water in it throughout the summer. I put about a centimeter of water in the bottom of a Tupperware container and add a few tiny toys – beads, Legos, small figures, fake flowers, coins, etc. I let that layer freeze then do another layer. Once the whole block is frozen, I pull it out and put it in a big container then let my daughter use a squirt bottle to try and extract the treasures inside. Hours (no seriously, hours) of fun all summer long.
Over the summer, we took a trip down to San Diego to visit Legoland. There were these awesome 3 day tickets at costco, and we stayed a bit further away, so we were able to have a great trip without spending too much. The first day at Legoland, we pushed my daughter a bit too hard – she didn’t drink enough water and it was really hot, so she ended up with heat exhaustion. We went back to the hotel early and I drove to a nearby Walmart to pick up some snacks and a lego set for her to work on in the A/Ced room. The next day we took it easy – just hung around the hotel and swam in the pool. We went back to Legoland twice – once for the waterpark and once to finish up the things we missed the first time in the regular park. We also took a trip to Balboa park and had a great time in the science museum. Overall, it was a great trip.