Summer Activity Calendar for Kids
Are you ready for school to start yet? It’s only a few weeks into summer for most kids, and they’re already bored. You can’t plan elaborate adventures for every day. While that vacation might be on the calendar, it seems far away for kids who are bored today. With a bit of planning ahead, either a week at a time (or a whole month if you’re ambitious), you can create a summer activity calendar with options to keep the kids busy.
Let the Kids Help
Let your kids help you make the calendar and add their ideas of fun things to do during the summer. While “going to Disneyland” might not make the cut, you might be surprised at the small wishes you can grant. This will make their summer more memorable.
Make it well-rounded.
Your summer activity calendar should be fun, but why not make it educational? Have activities that include going to the library once a week, which will encourage kids to read the book they checked out if they’re bored. Throw in some engineering by scheduling a fort-building day, challenging your kids to build different forts with the same set of supplies. Another activity on a nice day could include drawing a hopscotch game, prompting kids to remember their math skills outside the classroom.
Offer indoor and outdoor options.
Your calendar should have a few rainy-day substitutes listed, just in case a scheduled day of bike riding has to be cancelled. These could include an easy arts and crafts project for which you have supplies at the ready, or simply a brand-new box of crayons.
Help your children of all ages learn responsibility by making daily and weekly chores part of their summer. From making their own beds to helping with dishes after dinner, to dusting and vacuuming, get the kids involved if they aren’t already.
Create a theme.
If you’re struggling to make your summer activity calendar, consider themed weeks. Have one week that is entirely dedicated to the kids creating and acting out their own play. Each day could be a different task, such as writing the play, preparing the costumes, creating the set, and then the outdoor performance. Another easy theme could include a favorite Disney movie. One day involves printed coloring sheets, another day involves learning about the country or region where the story is set. Wrap it up with an afternoon movie viewing with popcorn.
Schedule family outings.
As hard as it can be to stay organized in the summer, scheduling one small outing each week can make an enormous difference in managing boredom. Have an evening event that includes ice cream with everyone, or a walk around a nearby lake. Go to a park for a picnic and a local fair or circus. Watch for community events that the whole family can enjoy without having to break the bank.
Happy kids. Fewer complaints about boredom. Less stress. Now that’s a happy summer!