Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer

One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

My husband used to call me Julie the Cruise Director because of my great love of planning big events. Now, every day is a big event. Ha!

Anyways, I digress. This summer will be more fun and go more smoothly if you have some tricks in your back pocket. One of the tricks I suggested last year was Camp Wannalaffalotta, a homemade summer camp for your own peeps, complete with reading, watching, playing, and snacking activities for kids of all ages.

In case you don’t have your summer plans all wrapped up, you might want to check out:

Stay tuned for more themed family fun here this summer.

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  1. We, too, always hold a “Camp Bergenholtz” the last week on August and the first week of Sept. as the summer celebration before the new year starts. It is wonderful and simple. Our first one included only things to do at home or daytrips only. It is wonderful family time.
    -Phyllis

  2. Suh-weet! I’m glad you are doing this again this summer!

  3. I always tend to let the kids do more artsy craftsy stuff in the summer. It gets hot here in OK and sometimes they just want to be inside. I am putting some of our ideas on my blog if anyone is interested. I hope it is ok to list this on here, if it isn’t let me know as I am not trying to spam you.I hope you don’t take it that way. Check my website listed with my e-mail.

  4. You are an wealth of ideas!! I am bookmarking this page!!

  5. I thought I was the only one who held family “camps”! We are doing Camp World this summer. We’ll study a different continent each week and learn about the countries there, cook the food, play games, etc. Very casual, nothing intense. My kids love it (ages 7, 9 and 12) and it helps me be more intentional with our time. I can’t wait to see what fun things you do!

  6. I love how you have everything from books to food…right up my alley! And I love themes too…now I’m ready for summer!

    Keep your ideas coming, they are wonderfully helpful for a stress free summer.

  7. There is also a webiste called http://www.volunteerspot.com and they have a free e-book to host your own DIY Neighborhood Summer Camp . Looks like fun if I were a SAHM!

  8. I was JUST thinking today about your camp ideas from last year. I’m so glad you posted this again. I hope you’ll share more.

  9. Julie H says:

    Next week starts Ocean Camp at our house…I am probably more excited than the kids! We’ve invited some friends over to partake in the festivities too!

  10. Thank you for this great idea! My son is 5 this summer, and I was really at a loss for activities. Thanks also for sharing the logo and camp name! I can’t wait to start this up next week, right after Labor Day.

  11. Kerry D. says:

    We’re planning to do our own cooking camp, for our daughter and her best friend, and whatever other kids tag along–for older kids: we’ll study some nutrition, plan menus, shop for food, and of course, cook a few meals. I think we’ll have a blast.

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