As the days become warmer and we start to really feel like spring is just around the corner…it’s already time for families to start looking ahead to the summer months!

 For parents with children at home, summer brings a mix of excitement and logistical challenges. From school breaks to camps and vacations, there’s a lot to consider. Camps are starting to fill up, and vacations are getting booked already. By putting in the work planning for summer now, you can ensure a smooth(er) summer for everyone! 

Summer camps are ready to sign up your kiddos! Check out our Summer Camps Guide here! It’s jam-packed with plenty of great options for your family. Make sure to sign up early in order to ensure your spot at camp. 

Here are our other top tips for planning for summer! 

Start Early: The key to a successful summer is to start planning early! Begin by discussing with your children what they would like to do during their break. Are there specific activities or interests they want to explore? Encourage them to brainstorm ideas and create a summer bucket list together.

Explore Camp Options: Summer camps are a fantastic way for children to learn new skills, make friends, and stay engaged during the break from school. Research local camps that align with your child’s interests, whether it’s sports, arts and crafts, STEM, or outdoor adventures. Check out our guide here!

Create a Schedule: While summer is a time for relaxation and spontaneity, having a loose schedule can help maintain a sense of routine and structure for both parents and children. Plan out weekly activities, such as trips to the pool, park outings, or visits to museums and libraries. Be sure to include downtime for relaxation and unstructured play as well.

Make sure to schedule in time outside! Being outside is incredibly important for a child’s development. Read more about the benefits of being Unplugged and Outside here.

Stay Flexible: While having a schedule is important, it’s also essential to remain flexible. Unexpected opportunities and events may arise, so be open to adjusting your plans as needed. Embrace the spontaneity of summer and be willing to go with the flow.

Prioritize Family Time: Summer offers a precious opportunity for quality family time. Make it a priority to plan activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a camping trip, or a simple picnic in the backyard, these shared experiences strengthen bonds and create lasting memories.

Check out our weekend Guide to Omaha and our day-trip Guide to Sioux City! Both are great options that don’t take you too far from home. 

Embrace Learning Opportunities: Summer is an ideal time for children to explore new interests and continue their learning outside of the classroom. Encourage them to pursue hobbies, read books, and engage in educational activities that spark their curiosity. 

Make sure to check out all the great programming offered in the summers at our local libraries! They offer a ton of fun programs all summer (and year) long. 

Plan for Downtime: Amidst the excitement of summer activities, don’t forget to carve out time for relaxation and rest. Allow your children to recharge by incorporating downtime into their schedule. Whether it’s lounging at home, enjoying a movie night, or simply spending time together as a family, these moments of relaxation are essential for overall well-being.

By taking the time to plan ahead for summer now, you can do your best to set your family up for the best summer yet! Happy planning, ‘hood family!