Summer is in full swing (or making its debut) all over the country. For me, keeping my kids busy is the most difficult part of summer. Too often, we start strong with fun activities but by the time mid-July comes, my kids are bored and ready to be in a real routine.
Okay, maybe Mama is bored and ready for a routine, too.
Here are 6 ways to survive summer and keep your kids active all summer long to help you not lose your sanity.
1. Keep Your Pool Bag Packed. I find that the getting ready for the pool is my biggest deterrent. (Or that I don’t want to get my hair wet.) But keeping a pool bag packed with toys, towels, the key and even snacks helps me round the children up and make our way to the neighborhood pool easier and in a more timely manner. I feel more relaxed and ready and can be more spontaneous about an afternoon swim. I keep the bag in the garage and just pick up and go.
2. Find cheap movies. Many movie theaters around town offer $1 or free movies during the day. Typically there is a schedule and a break on concession. You have to get there a little early as the lines tend to pile up but saving $30+ dollars on the movie going experience is worth it to me. Some communities even have Screen On The Green or a weekly outdoor movie experience for families, totally free. Just bring a blanket and picnic.
3. Import the Public Library’s Activity Calendar into your smartphone. The local library has been a tremendous resource for me during the summer. Not only do they provide wonderful, free activities for kids – storytime, magic show, science class, etc – most host a summer reading challenge where kids set a reading goal and typically earn some sort of reward for meeting their goal. This has become a summer favorite at my house, each summer the goal getting bigger and bigger. Encouraging a love for reading at a young age will make the school year easier, too. I import all the activities we are interested in into my phone at the beginning of the summer. If we can make it – great! If not, that is okay, too. But I have easy access to these activities instead of wondering: what is there to do? Library meet-ups also make great playdates!