Summer Fun: Places to Go with Your Kids

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Make the most of summer days and the summer daze. Brainstorm a list of summer fun places to go with your kids and make this a season to remember.

Summer Fun: Places to Go with Your Kids | Life as Mom

Summer is officially in full gear. While some are trying to get us to start thinking about back to school, I’d like to hold off for a few more weeks. I mean how often do we look forward a few months without enjoying the here and now. Let’s milk summer for all it’s worth!

It’s easy to let summer pass you by with all kinds of busyness, but it doesn’t have to.

As part of the Summer Fun series, posted several different printables and projects to help you spice up the routine at your house this vacation. Have you considered coming up with some day trip plans? 

At our house, we’re still finessing our summer routine. We’ve got some fun things planned, including hanging out with friends and getting to know San Diego a little more. I saw on instagram the idea of #tallyrocks. I love this! And am hoping we can paint some rocks we found at the beach to spread a little sunshine in our neighborhood.

We got a late start on summer vacation while we were in Great Britain, so I’m trying to make up for lost time — and still get my work done. I’ve printed out our Summer To Do lists for the kids to complete. Those, in addition to the Summer Survival Guide, will serve us well in the coming months.

We’re not going to start school until after Labor Day which means we’ve got eight weeks to have fun in the sun! Having a few plans for summer will help us not drift too far from routine and stability, but still make the most of the vacation time.

That said, there may arise those moments when you’re not sure what to do? So, be sure to have a plan!

Plan Summer Fun: Places to Go with Your Kids

Summer Fun: Places to Go with Your Kids | Life as Mom

Print off a checklist of fun places to go. There are two pages: one pre-filled and an empty one. You can use mine to get you going or start generating ideas with your kids on the fillable page.

If you have a list of places you know you want to explore, you’ll have a back-up plan whenever you need one. No more “what should we do today?”

Where will YOU go this summer?

Summer Fun: Places to Go with Your Kids | Life as MomAre you wanting to be proactive and plan realistic family fun activities for the summer? Grab your copy of the Summer Survival Guide. It’s got everything you need — including a bajillion printables — to help you plan and execute easy actionable fun this summer.

Get the ebook here.

Originally published May 29, 2013. Updated July 10, 2017.

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  1. My younger girls have two weeks to go, my teen daughter has been on sick leave for months, and my 18 yo son will be busy until the end of the year, so I’m not sure when our summer will begin. But I do want to be more intentional about it this year and make sure we make memories. Thanks for reminding me about that over and over! 🙂

      1. No, Jessica, it’s good to be repetitive about good things. I’m relying on you to keep it up so I won’t forget about it. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this. I swear my brain is not functioning at full capacity this summer. Maybe it is because the weather has been so awful (we had snow on Saturday). This makes our summer easy to plan! We will shoot for two a week. You rescued me once again!

      1. Snow-two inches of heavy wet snow! It was all gone in a matter of hours, but still, when it is almost June, you think you are safe. Apparently, here in New Hampshire, anything goes!

  3. We’ve made a Summer Fun List and have it posted in the kitchen where everyone can see it! I think it is a great way to hold us parents accountable to check off items on that list. I hate it when it gets to August and I feel like we didn’t do anything the kids wanted to do that summer!

    1. That’s exactly how I feel. I don’t want to squander the days.

  4. Now that the kids are getting older, it’s hard to find things that are FUN and FREE! We have our usual spots….the library, area splash pads, parks….but I wish the local museums/aquariums ran a combo deal for a summer fun pass. We had a zoo pass and pool pass last year but we had to cut our expenses this summer and the kids are getting bored and I’m running out of ideas…lol. We have a camping trip coming up so we’re all looking forward to that.