We are lucky enough to be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse. Our plan is to head to a local park first thing in the morning to enjoy the day as a family. The kids do have school this day, but they have already been teaching the kids a lot about the eclipse prior to the event, and we’ve decided to use a parent excuse day. We all will have some Eclipse Shirts too! Some of our local stores have some cute ones! If you are in the path, or heading to the path of Total Eclipse, make sure to check the stores early in the weekend as I know items will sale out. We all want one that we can certainly re-wear after the date of the event.
Here are some items we’ve prepared to pack for the day
1) Solar Eclipse Glasses – Many areas around us are sold out. Thankfully we grabbed ours a month ago. Amazon does still have some, but the price point is going up. Check around your local stores, libraries, science museums, etc. You can find reputable vendors for solar filters and viewers here.
2) Sunscreen – We will be outside all day and so excited about all of the events. I know we think about sunscreen at the pool, lake, and beach, but it will be just as important.
3) Water – Make sure you are staying hydrated for the day!
4) Snacks and Picnic Lunch – I don’t want any of us getting hangry. Plus, I think the kids will want to snack a lot while waiting for the solar eclipse to begin! Think SUNchips, MOONpie, SUNDrop, SUNnyD, ECLIPSE gum, Milky Way candy bars, etc! The kids will think you were so creative!
5) Chairs – We will be outside all day and we will all get tired from playing! Make sure to bring a chair, picnic blanket, etc. to stay comfortable.
6) Shade tent or large umbrella – of course this will be put up when the solar eclipse begins, but for the morning prior to that, we are planning on taking advantage of as much shade as possible to stay cool. Also a great way for little ones to take an early nap before the event begins.
7) Water Misters/Fans – This is really important for little ones! Especially if it will be a 90 degree plus day like you can usually expect in August.
8) Sunglasses – You should not look at the sun with your regular sun glasses on of course, however, you should still protect your eyes when you are not looking at the sun.
9) Games – Bring some games that will keep your kids entertained while waiting. We will bring our cornhole, giant jenga, baseball gloves, frisbee, etc. to keep us all entertained!
10) Camera – While you should take in the day and the event as much as possible without on your electronics all day, you do want to remember these family memories. This may be the only time you or your kids see a total solar eclipse. Make sure to document those memories to cherish in the future.
Ultimately, be ready to make some great family memories together during this once in a lifetime event!
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