Tips on Planning Your Summer



Ten Summer-Fun Ideas To Do With Your Kids

Swimming is always the best way to celebrate summer and cool down from the heat. But what other ideas are out there? Well, here are some of my top 10 picks for summer fun...

Reading together! 
Instead of summer reading programs that try to inspire reading for prizes, try reading together, or find great books, together, for them as summer reads and inspire reading for the love of it, instead.  
Reading books that are coming out in theaters, is a lot of fun, too. Judy Moody's, The Not Summer Bummer, is coming to theaters this summer, 2011, and we are reading it now and excited to see the movie together! 
I have some fun reads that my children loved me reading to them all summer long. Try these out for your family...
The Tale of Despereaux Movie Tie-In Junior NovelizationThe Chronicles of NarniaThe Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneMeet Molly: An American GirlJudy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Judy Moody Movie Tie-In)

Bowling
A lot of bowling alleys offer free summer bowling. Check out your area for one near you!
kids bowl free.com has a list of participating bowling alleys .  
Rain or shine, bowling is always fun!



Go Camping! 
We're big campers. We've done the tent thing and have graduated to the camper:) But camping doesn't mean you have to leave your back yard. You can always set-up camp in your yard, catch fire flys and make s'mores all in the comforts of your back yard. No matter where you are, it will create wonderful memories!

Do Fun Crafts
What child doesn't like crafts? I know my oldest daughter was obsessed! When is craft time? When is craft time? She would always ask. And to be honest, sometimes I just wanted to say, never, sweet pea! But got out the ol' glue, paper and scissors anyway. :)
Here are some fun summer-time crafts to do with your kids: 36 Family Fun Summer Crafts
Click here for my soap making, play-dough and other boredom busters!


4th of July, Fun!
The 4th of July is the smack dab in the middle of summer and is so fun to celebrate. Not only is it a great way to study some history on our country's independence, but also a time to make some Independence Day, crafts and games, and make a flag cake, together! 

 Have a Lemonade Stand
My children love doing this! I throw in some homemade cookies to sell, too and they've, now, made some real money! 
This is a wonderful way to teach them about money and business. I have my children help pay for the ingredients and cups, help make the cookies and lemonade, and teach them about money and business. With a little hard work and money in their pockets; it's the beginning to a great summer. (We like to sell during our neighborhood garage sale days...we rake it in!)






Philanthropy
Teaching our children about helping others is one way to show love this summer. Check out this link for some charitable activities to do as a family






Host a summer slumber party
This one my girls just love, but doesn't mean your sons can't throw a dude bash. Pizza, some fun decore, plan a scavenger hunt and make a fun cake; you've got yourself a killer start to a great sleepover. Include nail painting and girly masks for a girl sleepover, and movies and PS3 games for the boys. Fun that they'll always remember!



Have a Movie night
I love watching movies with the whole family. Drive-in movies are a lot of fun in the summer and/or saving to see the summer kid-friendly movies in the theaters, is worth every penny. We've rented movie projectors and have watched movies in our yard outdoors, invited the neighbors and popped popcorn. What fun! Lay out blankets and throw some pillows out on the lawn and you've got some serious summer fun!
But it doesn't mean you can't have just as much fun watching a great movie at home. Pop a big bowl of popcorn to share and snuggle in on a summer night.



Go to a Summer Concert... 
 I know Life Light is an amazing summer concert with amazing Christian artists. It is a fun way to celebrate summer! Here is the 2011 info. for your family
 










The best way to plan for these summer-fun, ideas? Put the activities you want to implement in your monthly, goal, pages. 
For example, if you want to do the drive-in, the lemonade stand, and a certain craft in June, script it all out with the details, of when and how you will accomplish it. Check out more about monthly, goal planning, here and here. Do the same for July and August! Speckle these goals out into your daily pages to execute and you've got an organized, well thought-out, plan, for your summer! Click here, and here, for more information on how, you,  can become Planner Perfect!


There you have it! My top 10 all time favorite summer fun ideas! 



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