The Augusta mother of three is always on the lookout for something interesting for her sons Sam, 6, and Ben, 3, to do. (Baby Nick, 5 months, goes along for the ride.)
From the library reading program to art classes at the Morris Museum of Art and a visit to Feathered Friends Forever, a parrot refuge in Harlem, Mirshak tries to plan at least one outing or activity every day.
“There are a lot of things to do,” she said.
She recommends starting with community calendars, such as those found in magazines and newspapers, which are helpful for finding family events. Other parents are also good resources.
“I realized if I go to playgrounds and just start talking to all the parents there, usually they’ll say, ‘Oh, this is going on this week there,’ and ‘We’re going here on this day.’ I collect little bits and pieces everywhere,” she said.
Her family has been enjoying art programs at the Morris Museum and Michael’s craft store. They also enjoy visiting the Augusta Museum of History and stop by the adjoining visitors center to pick up brochures about area attractions.
“Most people who live in the city don’t do that,” she said. “I guess because I move all the time I’m always having to do research like that to figure out where to go and what to do.”
Mirshak said she moved 17 times growing up in a military family, and she is used to finding new places to explore.
“I always see it as a challenge,” she said.
Since moving to Augusta, husband Brian’s hometown, two years ago, she has been on a mission to find things for their children to do. She writes about them in her blog, Kidding Around in Augusta.
“One of the reasons I did the blog is because I found out when I moved here that there is a lot (for kids to do), but it can be hard to find,” she said.
Need help finding something to do? Here are just a few suggestions to help kids stay busy until the first day of school.