Each year, I look forward to summer when my kids are out of school. I love the lack of schedule and the freedom to do anything that we want.
I love that we can build Legos for hours or eat lunch in our pajamas. I love this for about three days until every room in my house is overflowing with toys and the boys are fighting with each other and complaining, “I’m bored.”
In the past few years, I have come up with a pretty effective plan.
I gladly accept e-mail messages from friends informing me about camps, activities and businesses that offer “free” or reasonably priced summer fun. And I do a lot of my own research.
I look at local magazines and online to search for events that fall during the summer months. Next, I create a large calendar where I can fill in any classes, special events or play dates that we schedule.
I like to use a large dry erase board and write in the plans for the week. By marking it down or making a list of different options, you can pick and choose what you want to do.
I always check out the local park and recreation class schedules so my kids have the opportunity to try something new.
These types of classes are great because they are inexpensive and last only about eight weeks, plenty of time to know whether your kids would like to pursue it further. My boys have done camps in past and enjoyed that experience as well.
In Arizona, the heat is sweltering so it is essential for us to have cool indoor options or activities involving water.
I recommend checking out museums, libraries and other places that can be both fun and educational for kids. You may find that local places will offer special admission days or discounted prices for groups, so coordinate with your friends.
Most large movie chains will offer special summer movie showings. Water parks or splash pads can be a great way to stay cool and burn off some energy.
Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch so you don’t have to leave when the kids get hungry.
During the summer, I continue to save gym days so I don’t have to give up my favorite classes.