Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun Ways to Keep the Summer Blues at Bay!

The kids have been out of school for a over a week now. We spent the first week in our pj's, watching movies and playing xbox. Now it's time to settle on a routine so we all don't go crazy! Today was a day of catching up and running errands. We managed to renew our seasonal pool passes, bought new swim wear and flip flops. I stocked up pool related necessities for Angel-baby (back to the days of saltines and swim diapers). We took the dog to the vet and had pancakes for lunch at Denny's. We manage to get to Sams and the grocery store all in one day! After all of my to-dos were checked off the list, I could get down to figuring out a routine that could work for all of us.  After searching for a few new ideas to entertain the kids on pinterest and mixing in a few of our old favorites from previous summers, our week may go something like this...

Make it Mondays.
There are plenty of simple and inexpensive DIY crafts out there for kids. Google or Pinterest are good ways to find cheap ways to entertain the kiddos. I've added to my list of summer must-try's, a neat water-activity wall made out of recycled bottles, marshmallow shooters, kool-aid playdoh, cloud-dough, and foam-dough. I think I covered all the doughs, "d'oh"! I also found a simple paintable chalk recipe. We can make it and go to town in our swimsuits on the drive way.  If you are not the creative type, Hobby Lobby and Michaels have good inexpensive craft sections for kids and they always run coupons.

Thinking Tuesdays. 
Never hurts to have the kids brush up on their math and reading skills learned in the previous school year. I'm talking a few minutes during the week. I bought simple workbooks from Sams for boys #2 and #3. Study time usually coincides with Angel-baby nap time as a quiet activity. Flash cards and educational computer games are fun way to keep up with the math and they usually look forward to their "computer time". We incorporate reading time from the boys own "summer reading list". Once a month we will have our book club to share what we've been reading, followed by some fun snacks.

Wet Wednesdays! 
We just renewed our pool passes and the kids love the water. We are fortunate to live in a community that has a variety of area pools that we can choose from. I would love to keep Wednesdays as our main swimming days and choose a new pool each week. I wont limit swimming to just Wednesday, we can always walk down to the pool in our neighborhood in between our other routine. J can also take the boys when he gets off from work in the evenings. The boys also have their water-guns and we will bust out the inflatable water-slide. 

Take a Trip Thursdays. 
Hit the road and get out of the house. I want to visit some of the area farms for berry picking. Another inexpensive and fun activity that we enjoy in the summer. The local movie theater also offers $1 movies on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am. Older movies but a still a good alternative to beating the heat. I also check Groupon for coupons to any neat local places like museums, bounce places, paintable pottery or camps.

Fun Fridays with Friends. 
Playdates and meet ups, either here at the house, park, pool or movies. We usually end up at Chuck-E-Cheese a few times during the summer months, that's a given. Some other favorites are bowling, glow in the dark mini-golf, kid friendly lunch places or trips for frozen yogurt.

We have our annual beach trip to Florida and the boys usually go and stay for a week with my parents. It's a nice break for everyone involved! I hope to make a couple of long weekend excursions sprinkled here and there to break up the rest of the summer. I have Angel-baby's first birthday coming in July. I'm not sure if that will be a big blow out or small family affair. Any ideas or favorites that your family enjoys doing, let me know? I'm always on the lookout for new ideas to entertain with. Only 75 days left to fill! 
Last nights entertainment! 


  1. That's positive way to look at it, only 75 days left to fill. Lol!

  2. Yeah, I guess it's not too bad in that persepective! :)