Getting Ready for Summer Break

Tips to Prepare Your Home and Family for Fun!

By Katherine Rule, Publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove May 4, 2024

Summer break is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start preparing for months filled with sunshine, relaxation, and quality family time. Whether you're planning a vacation or opting for a staycation, getting your house and family ready for the summer months can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable break. Here are some friendly tips to help you prepare:

  • Create a Summer Bucket List: Sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of fun activities and adventures you'd like to experience together during the summer. Whether it's camping in the backyard, visiting a nearby beach, or trying out new recipes for homemade popsicles, having a summer bucket list can add excitement and anticipation to the break.
  • Organize Outdoor Spaces: Get your outdoor spaces ready for summer fun by cleaning up the patio, deck, or backyard. Sweep away any debris, dust off outdoor furniture, and set up a cozy seating area where you can relax and enjoy the warm weather. Consider adding some colorful cushions, string lights, or potted plants to create a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Stock Up on Summer Essentials: Make sure you're prepared for hot days and spontaneous adventures by stocking up on summer essentials. This may include sunscreen, bug spray, beach towels, water bottles, and picnic supplies. Having these items on hand will make it easier to enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about sunburn or dehydration.
  • Plan for Indoor Activities: While outdoor adventures are a highlight of summer break, it's also essential to have a plan for indoor activities on rainy days or during extreme heat. Create a rainy-day box filled with board games, puzzles, craft supplies, and books to keep the family entertained indoors. You can also plan movie nights, indoor picnics, or baking sessions to beat the heat.
  • Schedule Family Meetings: Take some time to gather the family for a summer planning meeting. Discuss upcoming events, vacation plans, and any responsibilities or chores that need to be assigned. Encourage open communication and involve everyone in the decision-making process to ensure that everyone's needs and preferences are taken into account.
  • Practice Sun Safety: As you prepare for summer adventures, don't forget to prioritize sun safety for your family. Teach your children about the importance of wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, and seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day. Invest in protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses to help minimize sun exposure while outdoors.
  • Embrace Relaxation: Summer break is a time to unwind and recharge, so be sure to schedule plenty of downtime for relaxation and self-care. Encourage your family members to disconnect from screens and enjoy simple pleasures like reading a book, taking a nap in a hammock, or enjoying a leisurely picnic in the park.

By following these tips and preparing your house and family for summer break, you can create a season filled with happy memories, laughter, and togetherness. So get ready to soak up the sun, make new discoveries, and savor every moment of the summer ahead!

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