The countdown is on, if your kids are not already out of school they will be very soon!
I did a segment on The Morning Show in Toronto today and thought I would share some of those ideas here as well.
— The Morning Show (@MorningShowCA) June 28, 2016
SUMMER MADE EASY
Summer can feel overwhelming for parents but it doesn't need to be. Don't over think it, summer is a time for family, friends, swimming, bubbles, bbqs and soak it all in. Here are four ways to have a blast this summer without stressing yourself out.
Go Camping in Your Own Backyard
My kids LOVE campaing in our backyard. Simply set up a tent in your backyard or use your trampoline like we do. My kids love dragging their sleeping bags and pillows out to the trampoline and zipping themselves in. Our Springfree Trampoline also has tgoma which is a very cool way that Springfree has taken gaming outside and made it active. There are tons of games to play while jumping on the trampoline but the tablet holder also works perfectly for a trampoline movie night!
Host a Block Party
Just this past weekend we were in Chicago, staying with friends and it was their annual block party. I love the idea! Everyone chips in, drags out the bbqs from the backyards to the street, cranks the tunes and let's the good times roll. Keep it simple, think bubbles, temporary tatoos, water guns, water balloons, guitars, bike and scooters. This is on my list for later this summer to organize!
Pack a Picnic
Why not venture a bit farther from home and pack a picnic? Walk to a park, drive to a conservation area, anywhere there is enough space for a blanket will do. Theme your picnic, Canada Day and the Fourth of July are both coming up, or maybe host a modern day teddy bear picnic but make it a Shopkins Picnic. My daughters LOVE this idea. They will invite their friends to bring their Shopkins to the park as well as a snack to share. They can spend hours playing and trading their Shopkins. Make the snacks special by making everything a kabob, because really isn't everything more fun to eat when it is on a stick! We love fruit kabobs and sandwich kabobs!
Go on an Adventure
Summer adventures don't need to be expensive or take a lot of planning. Kids LOVE scavenger hunts, I am constantly giving my kids a random list of items to find. They loving hunting for treasures in nature and I might get to catch up with a friend or a good book. Need some inspiration, there are tons of free printables available to download and print out. Here are a few I found that I know we will be trying out this summer.
Another idea I love is the egg carton walk. You take an empty egg carton and inside each egg cup you colour or write a different item to find. My favourite part about this is that the items must be small enough to fit in the egg carton and my kids won't be asking to bring a four foot stick home or a two pound rock.
If your family is truly adventurous then you are ready to try out Geocaching. This is on our famiy's list of summer must-dos. All you have to do is download the Geochaching app and follow the instructions. Treasures other people have hidden all over the world will pop up and you can go find them. Once you've found one, swap out one of the treasures inside and leave a new one. These can be simple things like duplicate Shopkins, keychains, flashlights or any other small item. Don't forget to sign the log book and put it back carefully for the next Geocacher to find. Here's some more information on how to get started.
Have a great summer!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Springfree Trampolines, the opinions and language are my own.