How to make the best summer schedule for kids so you can enjoy summer without getting overwhelmed by chaos and sunshine.
Summertime is for fun, adventure, and excitement – for the kids. For the stay at home moms, summer can be an overwhelming time.
You can make your very own summer schedule by having a solid daily routine in place, not retting if things don’t go according to plan, having some daily activities in mind at all times, even if you have a lazy summer. Even in the summer months, it’s fine to have a regular schedule. Even if you have a weekly schedule, you can still enjoy a pleasant summer with your family.
Kids are going to have a different schedule over the summer. It’ll be much lighter than normal and they’ll get to spend more time having fun with friends and family.
But, what is the best summer schedule for kids? There are many options out there and it can be difficult to know which one will be the most beneficial.
If you want your child to come out of the summer with new skills, experiences, and knowledge then you need to plan ahead. The programs and activities that your child engages in during this period can set them up for success when school starts again in the fall.
Here is a breakdown of how to make a summer schedule for kids:
Why Do You Need A Summer Schedule
I really believe that people of all ages thrive on routines. Routines help keep us grounded which helps keep our emotions in check.
Children who have routines and schedules throughout the summer have certain expectations day-to-day. These routines help children from feeling overwhelmed and confused which in turn helps tone down the tantrums, sibling rivalry and more behavioral issues you might notice when boredom hits.
As a parent, your daily motherhood duties still need to get completed, especially if you’re working from home also.
Cooking, cleaning, and making things fun can quickly become overwhelming. A schedule can help you not feel so overwhelmed with your to-do list which in turn can help you be a more calm mom when tantrums hit and siblings fight.
So if you’re convinced that you need a summer schedule or even some sort of a routine, please keep reading on how to make your own summer schedule for kids.
Our Summer Schedule
To help you make a summer schedule, I’ll show you what our summer days look like. To put into perspective I have a baby, a 5-year-old and a 8-year-old. My husband is usually at work all day, so most of the time it’s just me handling all the summer fun, and making sure I get that to-do list done and dusted daily.
Our sample summer schedule
- 7:30-8:00 am- Wake Up
- 8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast, Clean Up Kitchen, Get Dressed, Brush Teeth
- 10:00 am – Play In The Backyard While The Baby Naps
- 11:30 am – Make Lunch For Everyone, Clean Up Kitchen, Give Kids Inside Time To Relax
- 1:00 -3:00 pm- Play Outside In The Backyard Or Go For A Walk – Movie / Art Activity On Rainy Day
- 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Baby Naps, Kids Play Quietly (I Allow Video Games/ Computer Time / Leap Pad Learning / Reading Time During This Quiet Time)
- 5:00 -6:00 pm -Outdoor Play
- 7:00 pm – Clean The Kitchen, Take A Whole Family Walk Or Bike Ride
- 8:30 pm- Get All Kids Ready For Bed
- 9:00 pm – All Kids Sleeping, Time To Work, Workout Or Relax
I also have to work from home daily so I like to either wake up early or stay up a little bit later to get things done.
My job is writing blog posts just like this one across multiple websites and I get paid through various different channels such as ad networks and affiliate programs. If I miss a day of work due to a busy day with the children, it’s no huge deal because Id prefer my kids to have a great time!
I know many of you don’t have a choice and must work daily no matter how busy your household is, and if this is you, you’re doing such a great job. It’s not easy being a work-from-home mom.
Another thing you’ll notice is that we spend a lot of time outside during the day, even the older kids. I strongly believe that play and fresh air are super important for brain development, so I do my best to get them out. I only allow 45 minutes of screen time per day in my home as per our pediatrician’s suggestion, so in order to fill that time we go outside, usually just in the backyard.
We have a lot of fun things in our backyard to keep the kids busy in their free time.
If you don’t have a backyard to play in, this will be tougher for you, but if you can get outside to play at least once a day, then that’s amazing.
You can also set up play stations and sensory bins on balconies if you have one, or better yet, take your little one to the front yard of your building and let them play there while you sip coffee and watch the fun. This still counts as quality time!
See also: 8 Easy Backyard Games For Kids
The toughest part of my daily summer schedule is coming up with quiet activities for the older children to do while the baby naps. As she is currently still taking 3 naps per day, that’s about 3 hours a day where the older ones need to be fairly quiet.
I don’t mean they have to be silent, I just mean screaming and running wild is out of the question during naps. I also do not allow electronics until the afternoon. I’ve noticed when I allow it in the morning time, attitudes soar into high gear by 5 pm.
Another thing you might notice is that we have some really solid routines n place such as getting ready for the day and for going to bed.
Here is the bedtime routine we use and the kids sleep super quick, and we use the school morning routine for everyone to get ready for the summer day now that my 5 year old can read some words.
I also prefer to make lunch for the kids before noon most days because it just works out with the naps better, but you might enjoy a later lunch with your children, so get flexible and find the time that works best for you.
My summer schedule may not work for you, but hopefully it can spark some ideas on how you can structure your own days.
How You Can Make Your Own Summer Schedule
Set aside a few hours for family time.
Even if you have a busy summer schedule, find a few hours a week for the whole family to be together.
For example, try having family dinner one night per week and setting aside some time each day for one-on-one time with each child. Family time could also mean family vacations or trips to the beach or the park. You can even enjoy a family beach vacation in the winter.
You may have to adjust your summer schedule to account for travel time and days away from home, but this time is important for your family. Your children need to feel they’re a part of your family, not just a part of your daily schedule. They need to know they’re loved, they matter, they’re important to you and to their siblings.
Children should have some type of daily exercise.
It’s important for children to have some type of daily exercise, even in the summer. Find a way to get your children moving each day.
If your child’s school has a summer or after-school program, sign him or her up for that. Otherwise, you could exercise indoors or outdoors with your children. Swimming is a great form of exercise for children. You might also want to try gymnastics, tennis, karate, dance, hiking, or other types of exercise.
Decide on your weekly activities ahead of time.
Choose three or four activities you want your family to enjoy during the summer. You could go to the beach, attend local children’s activities, go to the movies, take a family vacation, or do something else.
It’s important to get your activities planned ahead of time so you know when you’ll be doing those things. You can also adjust your summer schedule if something comes up. Maybe your child has a sporting event, or you have a family function to attend. It’s important to be flexible and enjoy the summer.
If your children are involved in sports, you may want to consider scheduling your activities on their off days.
Make a schedule that works for you and your family.
When creating your summer schedule, try to keep in mind that everyone has different needs. You may want to sleep in later on weekends, but others may be up bright and early.
Pick times for meals, naps, and other activities that work for the whole family. If your child is in day care or preschool, you can use their schedule as a guide. You don’t have to follow a strict daily schedule during the summer. Still, it’s a good idea to have a general idea of when you’ll be doing certain activities.
You may also want to make a weekly schedule during the summer. It’s fine if things don’t go according to plan. Just remember to keep it fun, relax, and enjoy the summer with your family.
Mornings are for chores and helping around the house.
Depending on the ages of your children, you may want to assign daily chores for each child. If your children are very young, you can assign one chore for each day of the week.
You may want to start a chore chart or find a chore chart online. You can also assign chores for your children that can help around the house. This can help your children feel like part of the family and like they’re contributing to the household.
Plus, it can help your children learn to manage their time better while they’re young. Another way to help organize your mornings is to have a family meeting where you discuss the events of the day.
You can discuss what each family member has planned for the day, what needs to be done, and what can be done as a family. This helps keep everyone informed and on task. It also gives everyone a chance to be heard.
Afternoons are for making the most of the sunshine.
Afternoons can be devoted to outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, gardening, or just lounging around in the backyard.
Enjoy the sunshine and warm summer weather. If you can, you might want to schedule one or two afternoons a week for family outings. You can visit a nearby museum, park, or other attraction. You can also enjoy a family movie night or stay at home and play games. You could also visit with family and friends.
Evenings are for dinner, relaxation, and bedtime routine.
During the evenings, you may want to eat dinner as a family and relax together. You can also use the evenings for a bedtime routine for your children. This is a great way to help your children wind down and relax before bed.
You can read a story together, snuggle, or just talk with your child. Relaxing with your family during the evenings can help everyone to unwind and get ready for bed. It can also help everyone to reconnect after a busy day.
Enjoy the summer with your family while still keeping some order. You can have a regular schedule and still enjoy time outside and being together as a family.
It’s important to have daily routines so everyone knows what is expected of them and can enjoy the summer. You can adjust your schedule as needed and enjoy summer with your family. Use the tips in this article to create your own summer schedule for kids.