Summer break is always exciting for kids. As parents, it means less running to school events, but it also means more planning to fill the days. With vacations and summer activities, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Write out a general schedule for your summer months so you don’t miss out on any activities you want to do.
Make a Calendar
Start with a blank calendar for the summer months. Writing in dates and activities on the calendar gives you a physical reminder of upcoming events so you don’t forget about anything. I like to print blank calendar templates for the summer months instead of using an actual calendar. You might prefer to use a calendar on your cell phone or computer. Use what works for you.
Pencil in the Big Events
Some big events might already be scheduled — things like vacations, weddings, graduations. Pencil those dates into the calendar now. When you look for smaller activities to fill in, you’ll know which dates to avoid. Writing those dates on the schedule also reminds you to take time off work if you haven’t already. And you’ll know to limit what you plan immediately before and after these events. You’ll likely be busy as you prepare for something big, so you don’t want to add another major event right before it.
Plan Other Activities
Now you can fill in the calendar with other activities to keep your family busy during the summer months. Ideas include:
- summer camp
- swimming lessons
- family camping trips
- weekend getaways
- local festivals
- community events
Balance Active With Calm
You don’t want to overschedule your summer days. It’s great to keep busy and make lots of memories, but some down time is also good. It gives the whole family a chance to relax. Days without planned activities also give your kids a chance to learn to entertain themselves.
Try to spread out the big activities. If your child is going to summer camp in June, wait until July to sign her up for swimming lessons. This spreads out the excitement so your family has things to look forward to throughout the summer.
With a little planning before the final school bell rings, you’ll have a solid plan for keeping the kids entertained all summer long.