Summer break is coming soon, and if you don't want to hear about 14 weeks' worth of "I'm bored!", you should start giving some serious thought to your plans for the months when your kids are out of school. After all, as fun as summertime is, it's also quite an adjustment for everyone in terms of juggling schedules and filling up those long summer days. The key is to get a head start by making your summer break plans now, so that when the last bell of the school year rings, you'll be ready to rock and roll. Below are some planning tips to keep in mind, so that you can seamlessly transition into summer without a hitch.
1. Go ahead and register for any summer camps or activities that would be of interest to your kids. It may be a sports camp, an educational camp, sleep-away camp, etc. Whatever you choose, don't wait, because most of these types of activities fill up quickly. Five Seasons Family Sports Club is currently offering two fun and exciting summer camp options--Munchkin Camp and Camp Five Seasons--for children ages 3-12. Your kids will have a blast all summer long while participating in various activity groups that include arts and crafts, swimming, tennis, and much more. For more information on Five Seasons summer camps, click on the Find a Club tab above and choose the club that's nearest you!
No matter which summer camps or activities you choose, make sure to secure your spot and pay all of the fees, so that you won't have to worry about barely squeezing in at the last minute. Instead, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your kids are signed up and your spot is secure.
2. Plan a summer vacation. Or, you can shoot for a "staycation," where you and your family can explore all that your local area has to offer over a long weekend. Whether you're traveling out of town or keeping it local, be sure to research all of the package deals you can find for activities and accommodations. But whatever you do, don't let your good intentions turn into a burden by stressing out over having the "perfect" vacation--truth be told, there's no such thing. Just enjoy time with your family, take lots of pictures, and make the most of every moment.
3. Create a summer calendar that contains all of the activities, vacations, sports, camps, etc., that you have planned over the summer break. Keep in mind that you'll probably be attending a wedding or two, or maybe a couple of graduation parties as well, so make sure to add them to your calendar when the invitations arrive. This calendar will be your best friend, because as break gets into full swing, you'll probably have some other opportunities for summer fun to open up. When they do, you can check your calendar to find out which dates are open, and which ones have already been spoken for.
4. Prepare for those days when the kids will basically be at home all day. Even if you have a perfectly packed summer schedule, it's inevitable that someone will get sick, the weather won't cooperate, activities will get canceled, etc. Stock up on arts and crafts supplies and put them in a special storage bin or box for easy access when the kiddos want to get creative. Assemble a good selection of board games that you can break out on rainy days, or days when it's simply too hot to do anything outside.
You might also want to purchase a few DVDs to fill in an hour or two on certain days when nothing else will work. The same goes for video games; there's nothing wrong with allowing them some time to play their favorites, but beware of excess, as this can create unhealthy habits.
5. Put together a bag that has all of the necessary provisions for a summer outing--i.e., sunscreen, bathing suits, water bottles, sunglasses, hats/visors, snacks, etc. Taking the time to prepare these things ahead of time will alleviate the stress of looking all over the house for various things while the summer daylight is burning away. After all, when you get inspired to hit the road for an impromptu summer outing, you don't want to kill the moment by not being prepared!
6. Rotate winter clothes out and stock the family's dressers with summer clothing items. Another time-saver, this way you won't have to spend your time rummaging through storage bins or boxes to put together a summer outfit for your fidgety kid!
As you can see, when it comes to summer break plans for the kids, a little preparation goes a long way. Keeping the above tips in mind will help you prepare like a pro!