Each year I look forward to Summer the less hectic schedule, sleep in days, lazy days and time to create family memories.
However, as the MOM I also know if I don’t plan and prepare for the days ahead I may just hear “Mommy, I’m bored” more than I want to or that the memories of fun adventures with my kids won’t happen unless I plan it
Which is why I use the 3′ps to create a fun filled Summer – Plan, Prepare and Play.
Step 1 – Gather – The first thing to do is start a folder or binder for Summer. As you begin to come across all the fliers, ads and information of upcoming summer activities, events camps , fun ideas etc. place them in the binder or file.
I find many of these fliers and information at my local library, kids schools , church , local newspaper, parent magazines, city chamber of commerce, even tourist books for our local area.
Be sure to also go online and begin looking up ideas and what things are planned in your community and what free things there are to do, search staycations and backyardcation and daycation ideas that interest you. Also ask your Husband, kids and girlfriends for their ideas as well
Step 2 – List – Next, in the planning process after going over all the things that you have gathered, create a list of the things you would like to do with your kids. The staycations, backyardcations, and of course Vacations also the events you would like to attend , things to accomplish and teach my kids, Camps and VBS, activities your kids have asked to participate in etc.
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Step 3 – Schedule it – Next, print out the monthly calendars or use one you already have – begin filling it in with the things from your list.(don’t for get to look and see what else you have already on your calendars). Write in all the events and things you want to attend. Remember you are in control of your calendar. Summer should be relaxing and fun. Not stressful.
The key here is to NOT over book we want there to be plenty of lazy days and free time to also be spontaneous .
Now you have come up with the ideas, you have scheduled them on your calendar, it is time to take action on them by getting prepared.
Get organized by making lists – To Do, To Obtain, To Go, To Call etc.
Make your reservations for camping and traveling
Register for Vacation Bible schools ,camps , activities etc.
Buy needed tickets to events
Plan a time to shop
Now it is time to PLAY all summer long with some Staycation and Backyardcation ideas:
Visit local Parks. How about a picnic or a scavenger hunt while you are there. Do a progressive park visit – once a week go to a different park or on one day visit 2 or three.
Zoo, Aquarium or local Farms
Putt Putt Golf
Imax or outdoor movie or drive in www.driveinmovie.com
Bicycling, Ice Skating, roller skating or roller blading
Plan a day hike
Explore The CITY – which ever large city is near you
Children’s Museum and/or Museums
Visit state parks – Find a state park (here’s a list of all U.S. state parks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_parks with a lake and beach.
Swimming at local indoor or outdoor pool
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Use national celebrations:
June 27th…is Happy Birthday Song Day….Celebrate with cupcakes
July 3rd National Hot Dog Day. Serve hot dogs
Aug 7th National Smile week…but new toothbrushes.
Turn your home/backyard into a spa
Plant a garden…even in a pot
Buy kiddie pool, above the ground pool, slip and slide and/or sprinkler
Art Day- bring out the water colors, paint and paper.
Create a “water play” area with plastic pool of water
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Now you as a mom know the 3 P’s a creating a fun filled summer
Plan – Prepare and Play all summer long…..
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