Organize Your Summer with Kids

Summer offers many organizational challenges: inconsistent schedules, summer trips, sunset at 9 p.m., camps, playdates, and more. It also gives us a chance to spend more time with the kids, which we hope can be fun instead of a struggle. When you organize your summer, summer fun is more likely.

Easy Ways to Organize Your Summer

Make a Summer Calendar:

Especially for kids who are still mastering understanding of time and calendars, summer offers great challenge. The structure of a school week has let them know what they would be doing and where they would be most of the time. If you’ve got summer camps, vacations or house guests, and special summer activities, putting those on a calendar really helps. That way the kids (and you) have a way of keeping track of when and where you are. WinCalendar has a great free calendar template you can customize with your schedule.

Set Summer Intentions:

This is a family activity so that everyone can have a voice in what they want to do this summer. You can brainstorm these lists and check out these resources together, then make your Summer Fun Board.

  • People to see: Consider who you want to see this summer: family, school friends, other friends or connections.
  • Things to do: So, this is not a regular to do list like painting the back door or fixing the fence. This is where you get to think about what’s fun for you as a family. What is play for one of you can be miserable for another. Figuring out the places where play overlaps so that everyone’s having fun  is key. I write more about how to Make a Play List here. I highly recommend 101 Things You Gotta Do Before You’re 12 by Joanne Sullivan and I’ve set up a Pinterest board of Summer Activities that can help you brainstorm too.
  • Places to go:  This can include day trips and out of town stays, but check out places in your hometown too. The book 101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12 is a great resource for this, no matter where you live. It includes things like an a really big thing, an unusual animal farm, and a ghost town. Using the book may help you discover things you didn’t even know were nearby.

For those of you in Austin, I also recommend checking out Austin Monthly’s 114 Fun Things to Do This Summer,  Austin Summer Fun, and Free Fun in Austin.

Create a Summer Fun Board:

To make it look fun, you can buy a foam board in a neat color. My son is into metallics, hence the silver. Use scrapbook paper for backgrounds, use different color ink for your lists, and format the board in a fun font. has great free fonts. Happy summer!

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