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Summer’s Here! Plan to Have Fun

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 15, 2010 @ 1:07 am In Family Fun,Summertime | 18 Comments

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Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids? While spontaneous adventure is great, a little planning will ensure that you don’t spend the next three months playing video games.

Make a summer to-do list

We’ve done this for several summers now, thanks to some friends who passed on their family tradition to us. Near the end of the school year, the FishKids and I sit down with pen and paper and jot down all the fun things that we want to do with our summer break. Last year we had a great time with our 42 Days of Summer Vacation [5]. Last week, we prepared this year’s list as well as a loose schedule for our days.

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A Schedule for Summer?!

Yes, I know it probably sounds very OCD. However, as FishPapa says, “You can’t turn an aircraft carrier on a dime.” And last time I checked our family was much like an aircraft carrier, at least in size.

Big family justifications aside, I had a summer schedule years ago, long before we could man a basketball team. I found that giving a loose structure to our days was helpful to everyone, especially to me. I would be less likely to surf the morning away [7] if I knew the kids were waiting to go to the library or the park. And they had fun things to look forward to. And I heard, “I’m bored,” very infrequently. And I went to bed feeling like we redeemed the days [8].

I’m hoping that this schedule will give enough structure to help us be productive and have fun at the same time as not be too restrictive. I don’t know about you, but at our house, all plans are subject to change.

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I’m hoping for three away days per week, alternating amongst the library, the park, play days with friends, the movies, some Camp Wannalaffalotta days [10], and the beach. There’s no shortage of things to do away from home, but I am a homebody by nature, so three days out is huge for me. I’ll let you know if I survive.

Plan to Have Fun!

Don’t let the summer pass you buy! Talk with your kids, brainstorm, and Make a Big TO DO Out of Summer [11]!

What’s on your summer to-do list?


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[10] Camp Wannalaffalotta days: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/camp-wannalaffalotta-have-fun-with-your-peeps-this-summer.html

[11] Make a Big TO DO Out of Summer: https://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/san-diego-family-magazine-archive/188

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