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June 20, 2011

Schools out for summer! So what now? Have an old school field day! Choose a date and location, preferably a wide open space with some running room. Plan a brown bag lunch, ice down some beverages and plan some activities. No children.

Think old school in your menu planning, like  Grilled Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwiches or Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut Sandwiches. Pick up some pudding cups, a variety pack of chips and some lunch size brown bags. “Pack” your guest lunches. While you are at the grocery store pick up some juice boxes; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available. Note: make sure to house the options in two different coolers and mark accordingly.

Now for the fun part; Planning the activities. Relay races are always fun for a group, they encourage team spirit. Here are a few of my favorites:

Old Clothes is just as it sounds. Gather a variety of older clothes; include a shirt with buttons, a pair of pants, maybe a jacket of some kind, a hat or scarf. The concept is that the first person gets dressed in the old clothes and runs to a certain point where their teammate is waiting. The runner gets undressed and the teammate gets dressed in the old clothes and runs back to the start. And so the race goes, first to have the whole team dressed and undressed wins.

For the Tootsie Roll Relay you need a bag of Tootsie Roll miniatures and a pair of large gardening or work gloves. Have the teams line up at one end and have bowls of Tootsie Rolls at the other. First person puts on the gloves runs to the bowl, unwraps five tootsie rolls and runs back. And so it goes, first one done is the winner.

Gunga Din Relay requires a bucket of water, plastic cups and soup ladles. The bucket of water is opposite the teams while the plastic cups are located beside the team at the start line. The objective is to be the first team to fill the cup with water from the bucket, using the ladle to transport the water.

Dizzy Bat is a favorite from my college days. This was a staple at our spring picnics. I lost a sorority sister to cancer last week and it makes me smile remembering the fun we had together playing silly games like these. So remember to have fun and make memories you never know what life has in store. The “rules” of Dizzy Bat; simply place bats opposite each team, first person runs to the bats, picks it up so it forms a ninety degree angle with the ground, they then place their head on the bat and “spin” around 10 times, run back and tag the next team member, repeat till done. First one done is the winner.

More activity ideas at FamilyFun.Go.

This is an event that can be as elaborate or as laid back as the group wants it to be. Trophys or ribbons are always fun. Give awards for best team spirit, overall winner, most athletically challenged, best outfit, best whatever, just make it FUN. The objective is to create memories that last a lifetime. Remember to hug the ones you love! This entry is dedicated to the memory of Mary Meg Miller McGinley and her family.

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June 20, 2011

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