We love having a summer schedule to help us plan our days and weeks and make the most of our summer together! Check out this free summer schedule printable to help you do the same.
Summer is almost here! Can you believe it? The school year feels like it went by in a blur of homework, reading, parties, book orders and more. With so much structure and routine in your child’s day, summer can be a welcome break. But I’ve found that although my kids like having more freedom, that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate knowing what to expect each day.
Last summer, I created a simple summer schedule that helped me plan my days and my weeks. This worked great for all of us because it gave us a rhythm for each day. One of the hardest parts of summer can be feeling like you don’t know what to do with your kids to help keep them engaged. You can avoid falling into the same cycle of wake up, eat breakfast, stay in PJs until noon, play, eat a snack and so on by just doing a little bit of prep work in the form of a schedule.
We found that choosing a theme for our day worked great for our family because it gave us something to plan for and look forward to. This doesn’t mean that our entire day was centered around just this one thing. I’ve listed the days and themes below along with some ideas for how to plan it out.
Monday: Movie Night
- Watch a movie at home in the evening.
- Pop some popcorn and have treats.
- Choose both familiar and unfamiliar movies.
- Take turns choosing the movie, or plan them all out ahead of time. (I have a big list of movies that have been adapted from books.)
- Switch things up every once in a while by going to a movie in a theater. If you’re able to, go to a matinee to save a little money.
- An outdoor movie would be another great way to spend movie night! Invite family or friends over and make it a big event, or keep it small with just your family.
Tuesday: Take a Trip
- This can be as simple as going to the library, park, splash pad, or museum.
- Or, you can turn it into a day trip and go somewhere a little farther away.
- Just getting out of the house and going somewhere different can help get the wiggles out.
- Invite friends to come with you so your kids can play together and you can have some adult conversation.
- The idea behind this day is to learn something new.
- You can have your kids suggest something they want to know more about or you can choose it yourself.
- Learn more about the topic by watching videos, reading books, printing out worksheets, etc.
Thursday: Baking or Craft
- This day may take a little more preparation because you have to make sure you have the right ingredients or supplies. I have a whole section of my blog dedicated to kid activities and crafts!
- Try a new recipe or make a favorite!
- Having a specific day to do something with, or for, friends can help you make sure your kids (and YOU) are staying social.
- If planning a play date is more than you’re able to do, try performing a small act of service (like delivering some of the goodies you made the day before) or having your kids make something to send in the mail to a friend.
- Another fun idea would be to have a summer pen pal! (Great for helping your kids keep up on their penmanship.)
When I created this schedule last year, I just whipped something simple up on my computer and printed it out. This year, I decided to make it a little more fun and now I’m sharing it with you! You can grab this printable by clicking on the link below the image. It prints out perfectly on a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper.
And if you’re needing a little bit of help coming up with things to do on each of these days, check out my list of 46 fun things to do this summer! A family bucket list is also a great resource to draw from for ideas on what to do each day.