Every year I create a summer camp activities for kids calendar to enjoy dedicated family time, and soak up the amazing weather we have in western New York. I put together this list of over 100 activity and theme ideas to help you plan your at home summer camp this year.
I create a camp mom summer schedule to help us enjoy summer, connect more, and do everything on our summer bucket list. I like to plan our summer activities to keep us active and busy.
“Camp Mom Summer” is the way we pack it all in for the summer. We do everything we can and break out of our routine. Setting up my camp mom summer schedule helps us enjoy time together and be a local tourist.
I started “Camp Mom Summer” because as I looked through the community books of programs I realized two things.
One-being a stay-at-home mom I couldn’t afford to send all three of my kids to camp for weeks at a time.
Two-I could create my own camp mom summer schedule. As a family we worked on brainstorming a summer bucket list and coming up with themes.
Planning “Camp Mom Summer” is not as intense as it sounds. It’s really a flexible schedule I use to plan our weeks for the summer.
I’m all about spontaneous fun and we do have unscheduled activities. “Camp Mom” keeps us going and helps me plan our weeks. It also reminds me to explore all the fun activities we have locally. Summer moves so fast and I like to see and do as much as I can. Planning our summer weeks helps me do this!
Start Your Own Camp Mom Summer
What Camp Mom Summer is NOT?
Camp mom is not stressful. Don’t feel you have to scour the internet for ideas. You don’t. Do what makes you happy and keep it flexible.
If your family loves playing in your pool most days during the summer that is what you should do. The goal is to make summer fun and easy. You do not have to spend your days on Pinterest finding the perfect summer craft, unless you want to!! If you do please share your ideas because I love being inspired by other families.
Camp Mom Summer is all about taking those moments. The moments when your kids are small. The moments where your days do not have to be filled with running from one activity to the next. The moments your kids will remember and cherish. I want to be an active part in those memories. I want to explore and have adventures with my kids.
Camp Mom is about me. It is about me wanting to soak up every moment I get to spend with my kids. It is being unplugged and removed from the day-to-day to enjoy summer. It is what summer is all about for me.
How to Plan Your Mom Summer Camp Activities for Kids
I start planning camp mom with these three easy steps:
- Make A Bucket List
- Pick Some Themes
- Lay Out A Weekly Schedule
Make a Summer Bucket List
We only have a few months of summer weather and I plan to enjoy everything that Western New York offers. From visiting new playgrounds to beaches and baseball games. We try to do it all!
At times we don’t get it all in but we always try!! We also add in a few visits to grandparents houses and weekend day trips. Summer is busy for us, but I love the time we get to spend together as a family.
Start your summer bucket list by being a tourist in your own town. Write down places you’ve wanted to visit but haven’t had time.
Often there are so many wonderful places to visit in your own backyard. I always get the kids involved. What do they want to do this summer?
It might be as simple as a visit to their favorite playground or have a picnic in the park. All ideas get put on the list. There may be ones that are not doable, but you should try to have at least one idea from each family member on the list.
Look through your local community center for events. Check the local library or book store. Museums often have weekly summer events and activities. Look at your local parent website for family friendly activities. I like to use Kids Out & About or Visit Rochester for local fun.
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Plan It All Out
If you are not a planner this part may be a challenge but I promise once you set it up you will not have to do much again. Give yourself an hour to look at your calendar and plan out what the next 8 weeks of summer will look like.
This is a very flexible plan. I have a notebook that I have been using since 2014 to lay out what our summer plans will look like. Don’t worry I have a free worksheet for you to print out and plan your own!!
The first thing I do is write in any camps or summer activities the kids are signed up for. Every year looks a little different. Then I look at our brainstorm list and figure out what can go together. Each week gets assigned a theme and then I work our summer activities and bucket list into the themes.
If your kids are a little older they may want to plan a week. My kids have planned 3 weeks for this summer. I will go through and add a few activities but they do a great job and have a lot of fun. (Bonus: They work together!!)
Our Typical Schedule
- Morning Jobs
- Daily Activity
- Quiet Playtime
- Family Time
Want more theme ideas? I got you covered! Sign up and receive 101 Summer Theme Ideas as well as a planned out week for your family!
Update: As my kids have gotten older the theme days have changed a bit but I still find value in creating a flexible summer schedule.I use the schedule below to give our weeks some structure. This is more generic and flexible plan for the week. Ours looks something like this:
- Monday-Library (Pick out book that go with the theme)
- Tuesday-Field Trip Day (Visit a museum or park. Pick Something from our summer bucket list.)
- Wednesday-Friend Day (Invite friends to play)
- Thursday-Field Trip Day (Visit a local farmer’s market, etc.)
- Friday-Home Day (chores, laundry, home activity)
I am sharing all the resources I use to put together our Camp Mom Summer Schedule in my family travel resource library. You will find:
- Plan Your Family Summer Worksheet
- 101 Summer Theme Ideas & Activities
- Sign Up Here!
The kids have come to really love camp mom. They love helping plan family activities but I think they love the unplugged time together. We spend time together that is uninterrupted by electronics and we are enjoying the summer. It is making these memories that makes summer the best.