Ideas to keep your kids entertained and stay sane over the summer break.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Summer with the Kids


Another school year is in the books, which means the kids are officially yours for the summer! Exciting, right? If you’re a little nervous about having the kids home full-time again, don’t worry! We’ve put together some bright ideas on how to balance keeping the kids occupied this summer while also finding a little “you time” to relax and unwind.

1.Create A Summer Reading List

Pick up a few books you’ve been pining to check out and set aside 15-20 minutes or more a day to read. Have the kids pick out a few books they’ll enjoy as well! If you want to make it a family affair, visit your local library together to check out books you can all read together if you like. Create relevant activities such as a book-themed board game or have a reading contest to see who can read the most books before the end of summer.

Bright Tip! Choose a book or book series that has also been made into a movie and offer to have a movie night once everyone has finished reading the book(s). You can compare the differences between the book and the movie afterwards to make it both fun and educational.

2.Plan A Date Night or a Night Out

Contrary to popular belief, just because it’s summer time doesn’t mean you have to spend every single moment with the kids. Plan one or a few date nights in advance just for you and your significant other, or even just a night out for yourself! Getting some time away from the kids is a nice way to decompress and focus on you so that you’re at your best throughout the summer break.

Bright Tip! Plan your night(s) out in advance to allow for extra time to find a suitable sitter and other arrangements to ensure things run as smoothly as possible while you’re away.

3.Enroll Your Kids In Summer Camp

Search for summer camps that are designed specifically for your kids’ age range. Most camps last anywhere from a week to a few weeks and some are even offered for free! Try asking around or searching online for camps that align with your kids’ interests or provide some educational benefit to help keep their minds sharp while they’re out of school.

4.Throw a Cosplay Party!

Who says you have to wait ‘til Halloween to play dress up? Throw an at-home cosplay party with your kids this summer by dressing up as your favorite comic book or cartoon character. This is a fun activity for both kids and adults! Save money by finding items in your closet to re-purpose for a costume or visit your local thrift store for pieces to complete the perfect costume.