Resources for Planning Summertime Fun

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Summer is looming large before us, spread out as a season of possibilities with our kids.  Ironically, this seven months pregnant mama’s belly is also looming large before her, so I’ve decided to take as much help from others as I can when planning our Summer fun this year.

Today I’ll be sharing a few of the resources and ideas for Summertime that I’ve compiled so far, and then I will open up the comments so that we can share more Summer Fun ideas with each other.

From My Pinterest

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  My friend Megan introduced me to this virtual bulletin board, and she has a handy guide for using Pinterest here.  I’ve been using it as a place to “stick” the ideas for Summer that I’ve been collecting from around the web.

A few Summer inspirations from my Pinterest:

Summer Survival Guide

Jessica, of Life as Mom, could not have written her Summer Survival Guide at a better time for me!  The customizable, printable ebook has over 200 pages of themes, ideas, checklists, and FUN for organizing crafts, games, outings, and more over sixteen weeks.

I’ve been feeling more and more the need to go on “auto pilot” and let someone else take over the planning and organizing, and I’m happy that Jessica has stepped up to the task.

With the special Birthday Sale going on at Life As Mom until June 1st, you can pick up the Summer Survival Guide for less than 50 cents a week.  Just use the coupon code 39BDAY on all purchases of $4 or more and get $2 off of your purchase.

Summer Reading Program

Every year our library holds a wonderful Summer Reading program that my kids love.  Checking out your local library to see if they offer a Summer Reading program would be a great idea as we begin the warmest season of the year.

Books are always wonderful, but reading under a shady tree or poolside are special Summertime treats!

This year, we’re joining in with the iVillage PBS Kids Summer reading program.  In fact, this Friday I’ll be sharing with your about our Summer Reading kick off party and throughout the Summer I’ll be making weekly updates about how we’re enjoying the program.  I’d love to hear if you joining in with iVillage and PBS Kids, too!

Don’t have a group or local library to participate with? Don’t let that stop you.  Create a reading program just for yourself and your kids.

From the Simple Kids Archives

We have some family favorites from the Simple Kids archives that I’m looking forward to putting into action again this Summer, as well.

We’ll also be taking advantage of the backyard pool, Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market, family reunions, and (I hope) have a healthy measure of “do nothing” days this Summer, as well.  And, at the end of the Summer we’ll be blessed to welcome baby Fleck number four to our family. It is going to be a great season!

What will you and your kids be up to?

What resources and ideas are you gathering for this year’s Summertime fun with your kids? Any travel plans? Summer traditions? Please, share in the comments.

Don’t forget about the Through the Lens ecourse giveaway!  It runs until midnight EST Monday, May 30th so you’ve still got time to enter.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. The blog “Little wonders Day” has an idea to do a bucket list. She and others have shared their lists and I’ve been able to find some fun ideas. It’s another good resource. I’m trying to do alot of outside nature stuff this summer – simple, free, and fun. I’ll be doing a color nature hunt, fizzy sidewalk chalk, and a mud pie station. I like your ideas and hope you have a great summer! I read your blog every day, but it’s my first time to post.

  2. I’m also 7 months pregnant, so I’ve spent a few hours preparing a summer calendar for my two busy boys. I set up a simple calendar in Excel and entered in an activity for Mon-Fri of each week of the summer. Some are as simple as “park & picnic” and some are field trips, like visiting the local science museum. The schedule certainly isn’t set in stone, but it’s nice to know that I can turn to it at any time during the summer and find ideas for what to do. We’re also using our local library program– summer reading, weekly afternoon movies, and weekly craft projects. But probably the best part about my summer is taking advantage of great mom friends who are willing to do kid swaps. We trade kids for about 3 hours at a time, usually once a week.
    Cara´s latest post: Month of Mother’s Day Giveaway- Undercover Mama Nursing Tank

  3. My plans for the summer have been HUGELY inspired by Pinterest. I still can’t believe how many fantastic ideas are to be found there! Love. (thanks for the link, too!)
    Megan at SortaCrunchy´s latest post: Gatsby in the springtime

  4. We’ll probably make another summer wish-list poster – things we want to do or make, places we want to go. We always try to find a couple new parks to explore in the summer. And, of course, a couple backyard campouts are a must!

    I am loving Pinterest – I have a summer crafts for kids board that is filling right up!
    Amy@Let’s Explore´s latest post: Playful Picks May 30- 2011

  5. We are planning lots of gardening and hoping the kids will enjoy eating food they’ve grown themselves. I’ve put together an ebook of Sunflower Activities to share ideas of how to mix learning in with gardening, which is here if you’d like to see

  6. hiking!!


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