Tonawanda News — Ah, summer.
There’s no time quite like it in Western New York (or anywhere else, probably) for the contradiction of busy vs. bored. Like many other families, we’re kept hopping as the weekends fill with family events, plans and other obligations — and at other times, the cries of “I’m bored!” start nearly as soon as the last day of school ends.
There’s nothing wrong (and much that’s right) with just running around the yard, walking and biking in the neighborhood and even spending some time with video games. (I find I have to find a way to make sweaty, red-faced, active kids stop, sit down, have a drink of water and stay stationary from time to time.) But with all the possibilities out there, it would be a pity not to explore as much as possible — both our old favorites and new places and interests.
Our slate of “old faithful” activities and spots includes:
• The Ken-Ton kids summer track program. I figure if they’re going to run around so much, we might as well channel it into something where they’re building skills for future athletic endeavors.
The program is open to kids as young as 3, up to 15 years old, and both Kenmore or Town of Tonawanda residents. (Non-residents can take part, too, but the fee is a little more.) There’s a track meet at the end of July, with all the usual track events depending on age. This is our third year — and I can’t speak highly enough about it.
• Olcott Carousel Park and the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. Our older son’s fascination with carousels (and by extension, many other classic “kiddie” rides) has stretched for nearly eight years now — and shows no sign of going away anytime soon.