By: Jessica DiRamio
Summer vacation will be here before we know it. If your kids are anything like mine, they begin asking “what’s next”, the second school lets out. I am fortunate enough to stay home with them, so the thought of summer vacation no longer stresses me out, as it did when I worked full-time outside the home. Each May, I begin my annual summer planning to achieve the following goal:
Wear them out – – to the point of exhaustion – – at least 4 out of 7 days a week – – for the entire summer. J
Lofty goal, huh? I did it last year, and I dare say my girls had the best summer ever. I hope to accomplish the same thing this summer. You can do it, too! With my ideas for a busy summer, your kids will be so tired at night, they may actually sleep late. Every mom’s dream, right?
The key to a busy summer is to plan ahead: nothing says “boring day” more than an unplanned day. I’m not totally against spontaneity, but in my household, unplanned days usually end up as a flop, and flop days equal bored kids. Start planning now.
Organized Fun…There are a bunch of ways to fill up your summer fun calendar.
1. Taking any family vacations? Work those details out and get those on the calendar.
- We rent a house in Marshfield every summer. This is the most fun week for us and our entire summer revolves around this time. We’re also hoping to do a long weekend in New Hampshire to visit Storyland in July.
2. Consider summer camps and clinics next as those fill up fast.
- This summer, my #1 and #2 girls are doing several sports camps: basketball, soccer and cheerleading. #3 is too little for camp, but next year, she’ll get to do something too.
3. Does your town have a pool membership program? How about a summer recreation program?
- There are several area towns with fabulous summer recreation programs. To find out if your town has something, simply Google: “mytown Recreation Program.”
- For the past 2 years, we bought a family membership to the Island Grove Pool in Abington. This year, we have decided to stay in Whitman and take advantage of the pool membership. My #2 daughter also wants to go to our town’s summer Park Program for a few weeks.
1. Remember that pool membership I mentioned above? Be sure to take full advantage of it. Nothing spells exhaustion better than a day of swimming!
- Because our town pool has open swim beginning at 3pm each day, I plan to bring the kids there after a day of fun, as a way to cool off and wind down before bed.
2. Beach, beach, beach! We are so lucky to live in this area with a bunch of beaches within driving distance.
- My plan for beach trips this summer is to leave immediately after lunch to avoid having to pack so much food. We will go to the beach at least 2 times during the week and once on every weekend. We are very much a beach family.
3. Water parks, zoos, playgrounds and more
- We will fill the rest of the calendar with day long trips to the zoo, local playgrounds and even a water park or 2.
Well, that’s my summer plan! Are you exhausted yet? Good, because that is the goal. In all seriousness, while I love tired kids, I also love keeping them entertained, stimulated and active. Some of my best childhood memories are from summers at the beach and on vacation with my parents and sister. I hope my children can say the same thing.
Today’s post is the first of a two part series with information on summer fun. Stay tuned for detailed information on local town recreation programs, pool membership options and more from Jessica DiRamio.