Summer Fun List

by Wendy Copley on June 13, 2011

Ahhhhhhh! Summer vacation is officially here!

Oh crap! Summer vacation is officially here!

I’m guessing I’m not the only parent out there who is schizo about summer break. On one hand, I’m glad that we’ll be able to relax a little bit and take a break from a strict routine, but I’m also a little panicky about keeping the kids occupied for ten straight weeks.

I have taken some time to structure our summer a little bit. I’m keeping Augie on his current day care  schedule and Wyatt will be at half-day camps for about half the summer. My parents are coming for a visit too so we’ll have a lot going on then. But that still leaves a lot of hours to be filled between now and September. When my kids get bored, they get whiny, and when they get whiny all creativity is pushed from my head. In those moments I can only ever come up with two activities for them: “Play with Legos!” or “Read a book!” In order to add a bit more variety to the mix, I decided to write all my activity ideas down now so when we need something to do I have a place to look.

And that’s where this summer fun list comes in!

Summer activity list

I’m going to hang it up in the kitchen so Wyatt can look at it when he’s bored. Do you think I’m being overly ambitious?  The list is based on an article I wrote for I wrote for Parentella, 60 Ideas for Summer Fun. While our list is specific to our family and the area we live in, that list is a little more generic and there are more details and links to some of activities over there (the craft stuff especially). I don’t expect we’ll get to every single thing on this list but I’m hoping we’ll be able to do a lot of the activities.

I got the idea for the framed board from this post on eighteen25 (via Pinterest). I followed their tutorial pretty closely, using cheerful paper from my scrapbook stash. Here’s what it looked like before I wrote the activities on:

Summer Fun List

Cute, right?

And here’s what it looked like after I wrote the list on the glass:

Summer Fun List

What? What’s that you say? You can’t read the writing on top of all those busy prints?

Yeah. Neither could I!

I tried to pretend that it wasn’t a problem and I hung it up anyway, but after a few hours, I had to admit that it was a craft fail, so I redid the background with simpler prints and bigger blocks of paper. On the bright side, redoing it only took me about ten minutes, so it wasn’t too frustrating.

What about you? Do you have big plans for the summer?

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  • martimajino

    Great idea! It must be so nice to have a handy list nearby to head off “I’m bored.” 

  • martimajino

    Great idea! It must be so nice to have a handy list nearby to head off “I’m bored.” 

  • You have no idea! It’s only been up on the wall since Friday and I’ve already pulled ideas off it more times than I can count. If that’s all the use it gets all summer, it’s already worth the effort.

  • AMAZING!! Thanks Wendy! I just printed out calendars for June-Aug and was adding things in on certaain days, but this is much better! Thanks!

  • This is a great idea! I’m sharing this on Facebook 🙂

  • This is a great idea. I’ve been working on a list of things to do on my blog, but I love this! I’m sharing the idea on facebook right now 🙂

  • Adorable – after reading a few items on your list, I realized you’re in the bay area too. Love the idea to visit dad for lunch – sweet 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I know it’s not a coincidence because we read a lot of the same sources, but I had written this down as the theme of my Babycenter post this week.

  • I definitely did not come up with the idea for this list on my own. I’ve loved reading everyone’s lists for this summer and last. I can’t wait to see yours!

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  • Your list is so pretty! And much more concise than I managed to edit ours down to. 😉

    We had so much fun just MAKING “Spawn’s Supermegatotally Thrilladelic Not Bummer Summer” checklist for this summer. It took us months! Actually, I think you’ve already seen our list. I think I remember you commenting on it a few days ago after I read your post on Parentella.

    http://cyberschoolmomdiaries.blogspot.com/2011/06/spawns-supermegatotally-thrilladelic.html

    I notice microwaving Ivory Soap didn’t make your list after all. 😉 I do have one tip – don’t microwave an entire bar of Ivory. Cutting into quarters and microwaving one quarter at a time makes for a slightly neater experiment. 😉

  • No, we’re totally going to try that but I hadn’t read it on your list when I took pictures of mine. It’s been added to the bottom along with a couple other things. Thanks for the idea!

  • Nina

    Awesome list!  Have you done one for fall, winter, and spring? We could probably all use a good one for winter.

  • No, this is the first time I’ve done one of these but I love the idea of making one for the other seasons too. We don’t get really bad winters here like a lot of the country does, but rain can keep us inside a lot so it would be nice to have some rainy day ideas to turn to.

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