10 Tips For A Summer Fun Schedule

10 Tips For A Summer Fun Schedule

The best things in life aren’t things. They’re people.

Summer break is near and we’re already laying out some ideas on ways we’d like to spend the upcoming months.

We posted our summer fun schedule on Instagram and everyone was curious about how we’ll be getting the kids to prep for bed at 5 pm. Honestly, we already have them winding down at 6 pm. during the school year — what’s an hour earlier?

Our reason for making bedtime prep sooner is so that they get enough sleep. Most parents let their kids sleep late and sleep in the next day during the summer. We did that last summer, and it made me even more exhausted.

This summer, the rules have changed. We’re going from no-plans to keeping busy.

One of the perks of having a kid in grade school is the number of flyers we receive from local companies. Although we’ve thrown out all the ones we’re not interested in, there was one that came in this week that really stood out.

The flyer was from our local library and included free activities to do with the kids. We do our best to save money wherever we can, and when it comes to activities with the kids, we always look for a good deal.

Summer Essentials

All month long we’ve been pinning some ideas on ways we’d like to spend our summer with our kids in our The Summer Essentials Pinterest board.

We’re excited to hear how the kids are loving the idea of Water Wednesdays and Foodie Fridays. We’ve broken down our summer schedule below:

Saturday and Sundays are free play. We’ll let the kids rest or head somewhere as a family — it really depends on the hubby’s schedule.

The Summer Schedule Breakdown

We love playing with LEGO sets and creating our own ideas, and we thought it would be a great idea to integrate some of that fun during the summer months. For Make-it Mondays, we’ll be using our creativity to create different ideas. We’ve got a Pinterest board highlighting our love for LEGO and things we can create with them. It’ll also be the day we try different DIY crafts we’ve pinned as well.

Tuesdays are all about reading and comprehension. We’ll focus on lessons we’ve learned on Teachings Tuesdays from our favorite and new favorite stories. It should be fun to explore new books from the library or at Barnes and Noble.

Water Wednesdays are pretty simple — water activities for us to experiment. This is the day science comes into play! Of course, we’ll be cooling off with the water as well.

If there’s something we enjoy the most it’s traveling as a family, Travel Thursdays will be perfect for trips to local museums and the playground. Anything to get us outdoors and exploring!

Foodie Fridays are all about getting in the kitchen and trying something new with the kids. Fortunately, our kids love cooking and this would be fun for them to get more involved with the meals we make. Yes, we’ll be baking, too!

Creating A Summer Schedule That Works!

If you’re looking at this list and thinking when will you be able to work from home or do anything your heart desires, then you’ll want to read on. Working from home can be a blessing and a burden, but as we’ve stated in a previous blog post, parenting is a juggling act — not a balancing one!

The scale will tip, but we’ll get back to like we didn’t skip a beat.

To help you create a schedule that works for you, we suggest the following 10 tips:
1) Be realistic: Don’t force yourself to wake up an hour earlier if you’re sleeping late at night. Rest is important, give yourself enough of it.
2) Plan according to your schedule: If you want to make time for yourself, then you’ll need to see where it fits in your day. It’s possible.
3) Make time for the essentials: You still need to entertain the kids, clean your home and make sure everyone is fed (multiple times a day), so be sure to pencil those times in.
4) Work when you can, not when you want to: If you tell yourself you want to work before bed, make sure you have the energy to do so. After a long day with family, the last thing on your mind might be to pick up the computer.
5) Pencil bedtime an hour earlier: Having the kids in bed sooner than usual means you’re more likely to get 20-30 minutes to yourself.
6) Think of a reward system for the kids: We are booking a pizza day every other week to surprise the kids. We’ll be inviting their cousins over to participate as well.
7) Reward yourself at least once a week: Plan some self-care in your schedule so you can refuel and feel refreshed.
8) Throw in independent activities for the kids to do: On most days we do a movie or a show for the kids to watch while I work on freelance/blogging. It makes it easier to focus on tackling things.
9) Ask family/friends to join in on the fun: We like to do things on our own, but it’s always nice to have friends join. Also, it keeps you accountable for when you don’t feel like leaving the house.
10) Think of what the inner-child in you would enjoy: Our ultimate secret to making every day a success for the kids is to think about the things we like to do as kids. It helps with planning activities.

Do you have a summer schedule for the kids? Tell us about it below!

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

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  1. We don’t have a summer schedule per se, but we do schedule some trips. Between those trips, it’s kind of a free for all.

    1. I adore summer but it passes by so fast. I sometimes never get the chance to do stuff. I will remember this post this summer

    2. Seems like a good idea to have a summer schedule when you have kids. Not sure it’s necessary if you don’t.

  2. enjoyed reading you list. My fav is, reward yourself at least once a week 🙂

  3. All the ideas and tips you gave are very essential and I love them. I could pick some activities there and try out this summer with my families.

    1. These are all such awesome tips to make the best of summer. Especially for those with little ones. Here’s to a wonderful season 🙌

  4. I don’t have kids, but my job require me to be with children most my time. But you have a great ideas for them. Sure it will be fun and enjoyable summer!

    1. The inner child would have said, yeah, let’s go have tons of fun every day. Planning events or things to do/places to go for the summer was always fun.

  5. Sounds like you have lots of fun activities planned. I like the idea of planning and scheduling it as it makes it all so much easier if everyone knows what’s happening.

  6. My kids are all grown but I’ll share this schedule with my daughter. She has 4 boys and I’m sure they’d love to experience some of these activities you mentioned.

    1. Such great tips.. Parents should read this blog, it would really be a great help.

      1. Thanks! It’s a great list of tips for them that’s for sure.

  7. This is such a fantastic post! I completely agree with you about bedtime. My kids are 11 and 12 now, and they still go to bed at 8:30pm. I think sleep is very important and overlooked by so many, but the right amount of rest always keeps them happy and productive!

    1. Yes, thank you for your feedback on bedtime. I actually got some backlash from friends about that.

  8. I don’t have kids and can’t imagine how hard it is for working mom’s to carry this out. When I was little my parents didn’t have time to keep me entertained. However I enjoyed helping my Mom do things around the house and working in the vegetable gardens.

  9. I love that you have a theme for each day. It makes it more interesting and gives you some good ideas for each day. I might have to enact something like this over the summer.

  10. Wow, this is such a brilliant ideas and I would love to try these with my kids, I am sure they will definitely have a lot of fun while learning new things.

  11. This is awesome!!! I can’t be more excited about this Summer and you’re right i need to be a lot more realistic, I already have three campings booked lol

  12. My kids love science, this sounds like a great way for them to do science and have fun! I don’t homeschool, but since we’ve thought about doing it next year, I will have to bookmark this page. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks, Crystal. Science is always fun with the projects and such.

  13. These are some great tips. My kids are older so we don’t have to do much, thank goodness. They can entertain themselves. Sometimes my daughter get antsy, but I remind her she can go read a book.

    1. How exciting. It’s always fun to do things with the kids, and to let them just BE kids 🙂

  14. This is such a great schedule. It can be hard to figure out what to do with your kiddos all summer.

    1. Yes, it’s never easy to just go with the flow. We learned that last summer.

    2. This is such a great idea! This would keep fun and structure in summer!

  15. Some great suggestions listed here, hope to try some of it this summer with my kids

  16. The idea of having a flexible summer schedule is great! Thanks for sharing your tips with us

  17. My sons school gives a reading list each summer which really helps. I haven’t finalized our summer plans yet. We still have a couple of weeks.

    1. Summer reading lists are always fun. I found one of my favorite books back in high school on the assigned reading list.

  18. This is great! I love letting the kids have a fun easy summer but sometimes if I don’t plan anything we end up just sitting around and never doing anything! And the fighting…. never ends!

    1. Yes, that happened to us last summer. I wanted to switch things up a bit.

  19. I absolutely love this schedule! It’s flexible enough to allow for some wiggle room but structured enough that I wouldn’t be pulling my hair out with trying to figure out what to do.

    1. Thank you! Yes, that’s exactly what we were trying to do.

  20. These sound like some great ideas to help keep to a schedule over the summer months. It is hard when your normal one is thrown out the window sometimes isn’t it?

    1. Thank you, Sarah. It helps with creating structure for the kids.

  21. I never thought of creating a summer schedule but it’s a brilliant idea! It will keep them with a routine and not just wasting time. Loving it!

      1. Creating a summer schedule is a brilliant idea. It allows you to stay organize and get everything done.

  22. We are all ready for a summer of fun activities too. you have higlighted some helpful tips to get our summe rmoving along nicely

  23. I love the idea of the themed days! I know my kids love having things like that to look forward to!

  24. We don’t have a set schedule, but I like that you do. Routine is a good thing to have, and the kids will have something new to look forward to each day now instead of complaining of being bored all day.

  25. I was just talking to a friend about schedules for Summer. She has lots of great ideas but I shared this as I think she would love to incorporate some of your tips! Great post!

  26. Love these tips! I love the thought of having an awesome summer so let’s make it happen!

  27. I always plan ahead of time. Also, I make sure I have a checklist to ensure everything is in control.

  28. My friends need to read a blog like these. This would really make they’re parenting more fun, I will share this to them.

  29. This is great! Planning ensures you enjoy to the fullest and have a road map to what you want.

  30. oh looks like a great idea, I will certainly try to do those too, thank u for sharing

  31. Setting up a schedule like this is really helpful. It helps you keep from having to rack your brain trying to come up with activities to do during the summer. Lavern Moore

  32. Thanks for sharing this nice and detailed summer scheduler. It will be extremely useful to parents with kids.

  33. I think keeping the kids on a schedule over the summer is important as well as leaving room for flexibility. Creating themes by days like these it will the planning of activities a lot easier

  34. Such great ideas. Looks like a lovely summer routine that kids can really get excited about. I have a summer off work. Might suggest some of these to my sisters too.

  35. Sometimes we just go with the flow and make impromptu trips. I don’t plan the entire summer, but I think it’s a good idea.

  36. I love having things planned out for the kids’ summer. This year is packed full of travel for them!

  37. OMG, some one is ready to rock the summers.

    Planning is really awesome, Let me know how it goes.

  38. A summer schedule sounds like an awesome idea. I wanted to make one before but my son is happy staying home and doing crafts. I guess I got lucky?

  39. Lots of great ideas here heading into the summer season! Thanks so much for putting this together!

  40. Your tips and schedule looks really fits for me as summer vacation started for kids.. I like foodie Friday and make it Mondays

  41. These are great tips for summer fun! I like the idea of keeping that schedule going!

  42. It looks like you and your kids are going to have a great summer! I always loved it when my kids were off from school.

  43. My kids will be in camp this summer, but I’m really in favor of the schedule you shared. I’m definitely going to try to incorporate some of the days you mentioned.

  44. I love summer but I feel like it just pass by way too fast. This summer for us is going to be a lot of working but also fun with the kids.

  45. The summer is almost here for us, so this post is perfect timing! I will definitely be following some of these tips. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Thank you for this! Every year I want to do so much with the family and we always seem to forget some things. This is perfect timing!

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