Summer is just around the corner! It’s time for the kids to take a break from school and enjoy those warm, sunny days! While summer is a time for family fun and relaxation, those months out of school can be boring for some children. Many parents are still working from home, so it’s important to keep the children occupied with fun summer activities while maintaining a daily routine. The best way to do this is to make a plan ahead of time. Gather a list of summer activities that everyone in the family will enjoy together, and incorporate them into your summer routine.
Beat The Texas Heat
In Texas, the summer months are HOT! So a favorite activity for everyone is to keep cool in the pool. Kids love swimming and playing games in the pool, but moms often prefer to lounge by the pool with a good book and maybe a fruity cocktail.
Why not throw a pool party this summer and have the best of both? Invite your friends and family over for a poolside cook-out, and make sure everyone brings their children. Keep the kids entertained with swimming pool activities and games, such as a coin dive, a pool noodle joust, and a beach ball race! While the kids are having fun, the adults may enjoy games such as corn hole or horseshoes, and maybe even a round of volleyball. When the adults want to cool off in the pool, entice the children out of the pool with an outdoor craft or games.
If you don’t have a swimming pool, no worries! Make a DIY slip and slide, and set up some sprinklers for the kids to run around and cool off. Invite a few of your child’s best friends or neighborhood friends to come over and share in all the fun. Make some delicious frozen treats such as homemade fruit juice popsicles or frozen yogurt-covered fruit kabobs.
Set A Summer Schedule
As much as we want to keep children entertained and happy, it’s vital that they still maintain a schedule. It can be tempting to allow your kids to stay up late and sleep in. You may want to just let them play video games and watch tv all day. But the lack of routine and structure can set a poor example. Children thrive on routine. If they don’t have a routine, they get bored and may get into mischief.
Creating a summer schedule will also help working parents to maintain a work-life balance. Carve out time in your day to play or go for a short walk with the kids. When you have meetings or client calls to make, give the children a quiet activity to do. Teachers often assign a summer reading plan, so make sure your kids have some of that downtime to read and do other brain-stimulating activities, such as puzzles and STEM projects. It’s important to continue the learning process even when school is out. Find some fun and educational activities that will keep your child interested in learning.
Plan An Educational Family Vacation Or Staycation
Summer vacation isn’t the same without an actual vacation to get away from the normalcy of life. Whether you are ready to travel abroad or want to stay close to home, there are many options to explore the world around us.
Some of the most popular family vacation destinations are a great way to make memories of a lifetime. They are also a great way to enhance your child’s education. For history lovers, a vacation to Washington DC or Williamsburg, VA, may do the trick. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the sight of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park.
If you want to have a staycation close to home, there is always a lot to see and do. However, if you can turn them into a few mini staycations throughout the summer, that’s even better. Staycations are a great way to explore your surrounding area and find new fun things to do that are close by. Some ideas to choose from are:
- Camping or “Glamping” – Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) has some excellent campgrounds and state parks for camping. If you prefer to camp out in luxury, you will find several unique glamping destinations near DFW as well. For example, you can sleep in a hobbit treehouse or a luxury tent.
- Museums – DFW is rich in history and culture, and there are plenty of museums to choose from.
- Parks – DFW has some of the best public parks where you can hike, explore nature, and ride the bike trails.
- Lakes – Visit some of the most beautiful lakes in Texas if you enjoy boating, kayaking, jet-skiing, and fishing.
This summer could be the best summer ever with a bit of planning. Moving to a new community? You can make it an adventure. So what are some of your favorite summertime activities to do with your family?