by Dave on June 25, 2009

First appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, May 28, 2009

I could not be happier that the summer is finally here.  We survived the hardest part of the year for us.  You know, the Sundays when there is no football and it’s too cold to go to the beach.  That is the worst time, it feels like those days just drag.  I don’t remember a nicer Memorial Day weekend, and am hopeful this is the start of a great summer of fun family time.

One of the many great things about raising your kids here this time of year is all the very cool free activities that are in our community for families to do.  I think most towns in eastern Sussex have a weekly free concert night and some do a weekly free movie night. This is our favorite thing to do in our town.  And it seems there is some sort of festival going on all the time.  We also enjoy all the farmer’s markets in our area this time of year.  This has been a great time for us to teach our daughter about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables and how important it is to support those doing business locally.  We sometimes go down to our local boat yard in the late afternoon and watch all the fishing boats come in.  All of the beaches with the exception of the state parks are free in our area.

There are also loads of things for families to do here that are nominally priced.  There are places to paint pottery, indoor play places for rainy days, and museums to explore.  The Cape May- Lewes Ferry is a very fun family activity.  Every Tuesday and Thursday they have a program that will take you to the Cape May Zoo.  It’s a tradition in our family every year we ride the ferry over and back without even getting off.  The state parks are not too expensive and offer many opportunities for learning and fun.

I feel as if I have only scratched the surface.  While I have always felt this was the best place in the world to raise your kids, the summer season leaves little room for debate on that point.  The opportunities for great family time  are endless.  So get off the couch, turn the TV off, and don’t forget to wear sun screen.

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