What activities are you looking forward to with your family this summer?
When it comes to Summer activities, a little forethought and planning can go a long way to making the most of your day. That is way I am bringing in a expert.
Meet my amazing friend Donna who is a whiz a planning all things family. I met Donna through a local Mom’s group. All the moms were amazed at Donna’s ability to know the who, what, when, where and why’s of all the best family activities, no matter what the season. I’ve always wanted to know her planning secrets and I can share them with you too!
Don’t miss part two of my chat with Donna all about planning family getaways. You can listen to it by clicking the button below.
DONNA’S TIPS FOR PLANNING SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- Donna starts with what she already has. She checks her current memberships to see when they expire. Or if they have events she wants to attend. Then she checks to see if she has gift cards or coupons that may expire.
- She also suggests checking social media or local publications to see what is going on that day or in the future at some of the places you follow and frequent.
- Keep a couple back up plans in the mix just in case your best laid plans don’t work out…where’s your kid’s favorite ice cream store or what’s an indoor activity if it rains.
- Decide whether your going to play ringmaster and orchestrate the fun for your family or if you just want to have fun and hang out. This might help with your expectations.
- Donna keeps track of the activities in a couple different place. She puts a list on her phone and enters them into her calendar app. There is also a calendar on her wall in the kitchen so everyone in the family can see it.
- She recommends keeping a list of ongoing indoor and outdoor activity ideas and a folder or bin to collect all the clippings and coupons she may need to reference.
- Be very aware of you kids likes and dislikes when planning activities. It’s not worth the disappointment and money if you force your kids to do something they hate.
- Also bear in mind what would be age appropriate. If you are like me, you get super excited to share experiences with your kids that they may not be ready for yet. And then everyone can leave the day feeling unfulfilled.
- If your activity starts to go south, try Donna’s tips for time out. Have a snack. Find a quiet space to take a breath. Seek out a shady area to cool off.
- It is also important to know when to say when and head home.
- If you start to hear the word BORED this summer, never fear! Boredom is a great way for kids to work on those problem solving muscles. Donna suggests turning on some music and dancing around to get those creative juices flowing. Or call up a friend so your kids can be bored together.
- I also love this suggestion from Alicia on IG. She keeps a list of her kids favorite activities on the fridge for quick reference when they tell her they’re bored.
What are your tips for planning “No Bummer Summer”? Or your favorite Summer family activities. Share your favorites below!
And to celebrate the start to season 3 of the podcast, we are celebrating with an Orange Creamsicle Mimosa…and it is YUMMY!
Orange Creamsicle Mimosa
- 1/4 cup Orange Juice
- 1 Tbsp Heavy Cream
- Prosecco or Sparkling Wine
- Orange Slice Garnish
- Sugar for Rim, Optional
- Mix OJ and Cream in sugar rimmed flute. Top with prosecco or sparkling wine. Garnish with orange wheel.
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