My experience won't be relevant here because it involves eight year olds who have very strong opinions about how they want to spend their summers. Not saying their opinions are right or wrong, just that they have them.
In that context....which I realize is not applicable here.....the original list of possible activities would start with the things they are clamoring for. Then those would be whittled down. At that age if they are not really advocating to do a certain thing, it would not get on the list.
But that is not the situation here, I'll bow out now