3 Essentials for an Epic Family Fun Summer

The snow is still melting but I have summer on my mind. I love summer time and it is not only because of the weather. I love the longer evenings and the time we get to spend as a family. My planning kicks in and the list of family activities I want to do starts to grow! If you are like me you are ready for summer too! I like to do a little planning ahead to get myself organized for our busy summer by sticking to this essential list for an epic family fun summer. With a little planning you can get it all done and relax with your family during this busy season.


When the kids were little summer was all about playing in the backyard and afternoon naps. Now naptimes are long gone and we are on the go a lot more. We go from their summer activities to community events to spending the day as a family. It’s busy, but the fun kind of busy that creates awesome moments for your family. Take the time to do these 3 easy steps and have the best summer ever.

Set Up Your Summer Calendar

Lessons, Activities, & Family Events

Take an hour to fill in your calendar. I’m a pencil and paper kind of girl when it comes to scheduling but you might do this electronically. I write in all the obligations we have. This includes the kids swimming lessons, family reunions/birthday parties, soccer/baseball schedules, and any other activities we have signed up for and are required to attend. I also do a search for local events in my town like outdoor movies or parades and add them to the calendar.

Schedule in Family Days

Are you going on a family vacation? A weekend getaway? Pencil them in your calendar now. Even if you haven’t’ booked them yet! Write in your family time. If you have a day trip that you never had a chance to do add it on the calendar. Make it part of the summer plans. We love planning Mystery Days and I always schedule them a few months ahead. This makes your family time as much of a priority as everything else. Read about how I started Mystery Days and how you can use them to connect with your family. 

Family Fun Summer

Prioritize Your Time

Your kids are only little once and time goes so quickly. Don’t overschedule your summer. Give your family time to walk along the beach and collect seashells. Take a walk after dinner and watch the stars. Plan a family activity night and create something. Sometimes the best moments are when you slow down and enjoy the quiet of being together.

Another Post You May Like: Do-It Yourself Summer Planning Guide

Prep the Car

We are on the go so much in the summer that I always go through the car and get it summer ready. Start off by doing a big spring cleaning of the car. It is much better to get organized when the car is clean. I like to use a bag or car organizing basket to keep things together. Stock the car with great snacks too! I like to pack Goldfish because my kids love them. They are easy to bring in the car and they have lots of varieties. Having Goldfish in the car makes it easy for my family to be on the go and off on our next adventure.

My Car Prep List:

  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hats
  • Small Cooler for Water Bottles-I refill it on the days we are going out.
  • Snacks: Goldfish, etc. Keep snacks that will stay fresh in the car.
  • Flip Flops/Sneakers
  • Towels
  • Blanket
  • Soccer Ball, Frisbee, etc.
  • Books
  • Coloring Books/Crayons/Pencil

Family Fun Summer

Live Your Family Bucket List

In our house we have an ever growing family bucket list. I am always finding new adventures near and far that I want to do. Get together as a family and do a little brainstorming. This does not have to be a huge cross-country vacation. Think about being a tourist in your own town. Plan a day visiting a local museum that you’ve always wanted to visit but never had the time.

Family Fun Summer

I have this big dream of visiting all 50 states. We started last summer and I am adding a few more states to the itinerary this year. Your family adventure will be different then mine. Summer is all about family time together. Do you prefer to stay closer to home? There are so many great ideas out there to plan fun family activities in your own backyard.

Every summer, usually at the end of April, I do these 3 easy steps. It has made summer organized and has given me more time with my family to relax and enjoy them. Summer to me is all about creating the family memories the stay with you throughout the year.

What summer memories are you creating this year? Lets inspire each other. Share in the comments where your next family adventure is or what you are looking forward to doing with your family this year.





  1. itsahero | 1st Apr 17

    Prepping the car is a MUST! In fact, I keep these things in my car all the time 🙂 LOL!

  2. The Everyday Mom Life | 31st Mar 17

    Goldfish are always with us when we travel – short distances or long. Can’t leave the house without them.

  3. Shannon | 31st Mar 17

    Goldfish for the win! I need to work on getting some summer stuff planned! Great post!

    • Leah | 1st Apr 17

      Thanks for reading!!

  4. Mel McLellan | 31st Mar 17

    We do a lot of this too and it’s so true that you adventure more when you plan for it! Great suggestions! Thanks! 🙂

  5. Onlygirl4boyz | 31st Mar 17

    Prepping the car makes such a difference in my stress level during trips! We will be using these tips! We love goldfish!

  6. Andi | 30th Mar 17

    That car prep list is life! I need to get on that, stat. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve decided to take a random trip and ended up somewhere like the beach with no towels, no sunscreen, etc. haha!

    • Leah | 30th Mar 17

      Thanks for reading! I’m so happy it helped.

  7. Something About Navy | 30th Mar 17

    Love your car packing list and all of your tips! We live for family days here — so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

    Annie | http://www.somethingaboutnavy.com

    • Leah | 30th Mar 17

      Thank you for reading!

  8. Charissa | thenotsobusymom | 30th Mar 17

    My car is in need of a post-winter clean out and clean up!!
    We are goldfish fans!! 🙂

  9. Amy Crooks | 30th Mar 17

    I love summer!!! Great planning tips, and we enjoy Goldfish crackers in this house! 🙂

  10. Lauren Jane | 29th Mar 17

    This is such great advice! My husband works much more in the summer so it’s a total planning thing for us! Also-that’s legit my DREAM to visit all 50 states with the kids <3

    • Leah | 30th Mar 17

      Wouldn’t it be amazing?? I say there is no harm in trying!

  11. Ashley Solberg | 29th Mar 17

    I love all of these ideas! This is so helpful for some things we have planned!

    • Leah | 30th Mar 17

      Thanks for reading!

  12. babiestobookworms | 29th Mar 17

    I love the idea to prep the car! I need to get on that! We made a family bucket list once when we were younger. I can’t wait to make one with my daughter!

  13. Heather Brown | 29th Mar 17

    Wonderful tips!

  14. JeeYoung Dubs | 29th Mar 17

    So many great ideas, I can’t wait for summer. and YUM! Goldfish is a staple!

  15. Katrina @ Every Super Woman | 29th Mar 17

    Now I feel super behind in planning for the summer. I don’t even know what to make for dinner tonight. Haha! But I love how convenient Goldfish are as snack specially on the go,

    • Leah | 30th Mar 17

      Ha!! It is not meant to stress…more to help once summer is here. Just do a little at a time.

  16. Gillian | 29th Mar 17

    I love this! So many great ideas. 🙂

  17. Momma To Go | 29th Mar 17

    I love this post! we always have snack bags in the car – usually gold fish! I love the idea of keeping the cooler for the water bottles, i only use plastic water bottles in the summer when we are out and about. I am worried we are too overscheduled this summer. Kids are doing camp 🙁 they love it but it eats up so much time

    • Leah | 29th Mar 17

      I am waiting for our summer rec schedules to come out. I’m sure the kids will love the camp!!

  18. workingmommagic | 29th Mar 17

    SO many fun ideas! Planning is key for us, since if we dont sit down and talk about what we want to do… all of a sudden we wake up and its fall! 😉

    • Leah | 29th Mar 17

      Yes!!! Summer goes so fast!! I love early prep before things get busy!

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