Summer vacation with the kids can seem like a long stretch of time. On the one hand, you may be excited about that time with your kids. A chance to do things and make some amazing memories together. On the other hand, it may terrify you. Or perhaps you’re somewhere in between. All of which are valid emotions, it can be difficult to keep your kids happy and occupied throughout the weeks ahead. So I thought I would share with you some great ideas to keep the kids busy during the summer.

Fun filled days out

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While it may not be something you can do every day of the vacation. Booking in some fun filled summer activities can be a great thing to look forward to each week. It could be a trip paintballing for older kids, or bowling or catch a movie for some of the younger ones. You could head off to a theme park for the day or visit the beach and go swimming. Whatever you decide to do make sure you plan them throughout the vacation period. This means you can save the money and budget accordingly. Don’t forget for things like this, taking your own lunches and drinks for the day can be a great money saver.

Leisurely trips to the local park

Sometimes the best things can be free. Trips to the local park can be great fun for kids of all ages. They could even take their scooter or bikes if they wanted. Keeping them active. Fun at the park can be something you do quite often, but change things up a little. Perhaps one day take a picnic with you, or on another day make plans to build a den. Making each time a little different will make your children interested in going more often.

Crafty ideas

Making crafts isn’t for everyone. But thanks to wonderful online resources even the least craft of mothers can get some things organised for their kids. Children love things like painting and making things. You could even set a theme each week and try and create something unique and different.

Create a summer bucket list

At the beginning of the vacation, a great idea would be to sit down with your children and write a bucket list. This could be anything they want to do during their time off. So they may want to build a den, or visit the farm or zoo. Whatever it may be, write it down. It’s great inspiration for you to plan your week.

Make chores fun

Finally, why not try and turn the chores into something fun to do. It might be tidying the garden and getting their hands dirty planting new flowers. Or perhaps you want them to do some cleaning inside. Make it fun and exciting, rewarding or make a competition out of it. You won’t believe the results you will get, and it will give you some time to relax.

I hope these ideas help you for the summer ahead.

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