Summer is approaching faster than you might think. Before you know it the kids will be wrapping up the school year and eager to make the most of their time away from the classroom. Are you ready?
If you are like us planning on a budget is necessary and we must be selective about what camps the boys are enrolled in. Here are a few strategies I use when organizing for summer:
1. Plan a summer schedule together.
Begin the summer prepared by taking a little time this spring to establish the key parts to your family's summer plans.
2. Explore your local library and community resources.
Not only can you borrow books for free, you can also check out movies and download music. Plus, many libraries have story times, movies and other activities for kids and teens during the summer. Most libraries have a summer reading program in which kids can earn free books or other prizes. In the past Barnes & Noble also has run a summer reading program that awards a free book to youngsters who read eight books and fill out a journal.
3. Consider a local museum/park membership.
Choose one local attraction that fits your children's age and interests and sign up for a one-year memberships; you can rotate to another attraction or venue the next year to change things up. Typically, the cost of a family membership is worthwhile if you visit the location three or four times over the course of the entire year. Most younger children (especially those still requiring a nap) enjoy shorter more frequent visits to museums and parks. The membership allows parents to feel less pressure to stay all day and take advantage of a planned activity.
4. Utilize community programs for summer camp options.
When looking for a summer camp program look at privately run camps as well as local community programs. Often times you can find comparable sports programs run by your local parks and recreations department for a lesser cost than private programs. Also, many area nature centers run wonderful half-day and full day programs for kids of all ages.
A few other tips include doing your best to plan early, consider coordinating with another family so your child knows a friend going into the program or activity, and include your child in the planning so they are invested in the camps or programs your register them for (think providing a preview to the feature presentation).
Organizing a fun summer for the kids doesn't have to be exhausting and it certainly doesn't have to break the bank.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families and design ideas based on our adventures building a home from the ground up.
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