9 fun ideas to get the kids ready for summer

June 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca  

It’s that time of year again when the kids close the school books, put away their pencils and pull out the swimsuits and sunscreen. But how do you fill all those lazy, hazy summer days? These nifty tips will help you prepare your kids for a fun and memorable summer, without blowing your budget. And chances are you won’t hear the words, “Mom, I’m bored!”

  •  Schedule summer activities. Get the gang together, make a list of all the fun activities you want to do during the summer and create a calendar. Schedule the events such as beach days, gardening, hikes, and trips to local venues, plus regular activities such as team sports. Include rainy day backup plans too.
  • Get “geared up” for summer. Dig out the shorts, tees, bathing suits and other gear and try everything on. Donate items the kids have outgrown, make a list of must-haves and plan your shopping trip. Visit Flyerland.ca for special summer savings at retailers including Sears and Zellers.
  • Think safety first. When the kids are out and about this summer you want to be sure they’re playing safe. Check out Canadian Tire for bike helmets, life jackets, water wings and other equipment. If they’re worn, broken or too small, replace them. It’s a good idea to check out their bikes as well to be sure tires are in good shape and the brakes are working—you may even want to consider a bike tune-up.
  • Prepare for summer camp. Start a packing list of items the kids will need, and post it on the fridge or a handy spot where you can easily add to it. Include bug spray, sunscreen, a flashlight, water bottle, warm clothes for evening and more. See the Walmart flyer on Flyerland.ca for great deals.
  • Passport to attractions. Family outings to the hottest local attractions are a summer highlight. Save with season and family passes and be sure you use them—schedule visits to get the most for your money. Visit Flyerland.ca often for added savings and coupon offers all summer long from Ontario Place and many more.
  • Find fun, free activities. Local libraries and community centres often host kids summer programs with lots of activities for no or low cost—book clubs, craft days, music workshops, sports, drop-in programs and more. Review the schedule with your family and add these events to your summer calendar.
  • Make a splash. Swimming is one of the all-time favourite summer fun activities, the perfect way to stay cool and keep active. Find out which pools in your community are free and the hours of operation then mark it on your summer schedule. 
  • Share child care with friends. Make arrangements with friends to take turns watching the kids. You take them one afternoon, giving Mom a break to run errands or just have some “me” time, then switch. It can help everyone stay cool during the long, hot summer.
  • Encourage kids to volunteer. If you have older kids who aren’t working yet, suggest they volunteer at the local community centre, sports program or library. This can be a great confidence builder, provide excellent experience and looks great on a résumé when they’re searching for that first job.
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