Tuesday, June 19, 2018
So, sadly I’m past this stage, but I remember the long summer days of trying to keep my kids entertained while not breaking the bank. I had to be conscious to not go crazy spending money in the summer.
You really do need to plan/pencil things in at least the week before in my opinion, especially when planning with other families. I also tried not to run too many errands with my kids. One of the best investments I made was a weekly babysitter for about 3 hours for me to knock things off of my list. This made for a much happier Mom and kids! I would usually alternate an outing day with a day at home. I like balance and I like giving my kids plenty of time to just be at home.
When mine gave up their naps, we still had quiet reading time. I also kept a pretty good structure/schedule in the summer.
-Invite another mom and kids over for water play in the yard. Sprinkler, baby pool, water guns, sidewalk chalk are all cheap and fun to have around.
-Meet another mom and kids at a splash pad, city park, or a school playground
-Try to visit as many school playgrounds as you can
-Try to visit as many parks as you can
-Open gym at gymnastics place. We never took gymnastics lessons, but you better believe we did their open gym from 2-5 as much as possible.
-Summer movie clubhouse at your theater.
-Have another mom’s kids over for 2 hours while she runs errands and vice versa
-Join a pool or just pay as you go. The baby pool was such a social thing for me. I talked to other moms and the kids played with each other’s toys
-Try to do some local hikes
–zoo – It’s a great idea to ask for a yearly pass for your kids’ birthday gifts
-museums- Maybe they offer a discount day?
-Play car wash and wash all the riding toys that are kept outside.
-Have kids write and act in a play
-Have the kids hold a talent show for the neighbors
-Do Science experiments that you find online
-Have kids plan and make a meal
–Lay out an older forgotten toy for them to see first thing in the morning. This worked like a charm for me!
-Make a craft or a t-shirt
Listen to my podcast from last week where I talk about summer with my friend!
What ideas do you have for other moms or dads? Leave any in the comments that might help someone out!
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