We made the decision many years ago that we would spend our summers together as a family, and make it fun and festive by planning our own DIY summer camp at home! Mainly it was because we didn’t want to have to adhere to a set schedule of having to get out of the house by a certain time each morning after a busy school year of early morning band and orchestra practices in addition to getting to the bus stop on time.
And I feel that getting to spend the summers with my kids is a built-in bonus of living my life as a stay at home Mom…. one that I want to make sure that I take advantage of. And finally, it is certainly a lot more frugal to conduct your own summer camp at home than to send all six kids to day camp- even the town camp gets expensive when you are sending such a large crew!
We like to call it “Camp Rowley” at our house… and we just can’t wait to get started! And to share it with you!
DIY Summer Camp Game Plan:
- Why We Hold Our Own Kids Summer Camp at Home
- 10 Ideas to Make This Your Family's Best Summer EVER!
- Free Printable Family Summer Bucket List
- Free Printable Summer Schedule
- How to Stay Organized This Summer
- Summer Chore Chart for Teens and Tweens (free printable!)
- 4 Tips on How to Avoid the Summer Slide
- Organizing Sunscreen and Sunglasses– So You Don't Forget To Use Them!
DIY Summer Camp Kick Off:
- 10 Ideas to Celebrate the Last Day of School and the Start of Summer
- Celebrate the Start of Summer with these Shades!
DIY Summer Camp Activities:
- 50 Fun Summer Camp at Home Activities, Crafts, and Feld Trips (From Pre-K to Teens!)
- 10 Awesome Backyard Games for Tweens!
- The 12 Best Board Games for Tweens!
- 12 Tips on How to Grow a Vegetable Garden with Kids!
- Virtual Roller Coaster Ride
- How to Play Crazy 8's
- Bring a Friend to Dinner
- Family Backyard Games
- Attract and Feed Hummingbirds
- Kids Karaoke and Dance Parties
- Bikes & Scooters
- Outdoor Water Play
DIY Summer Camp Field Trips:
- Sunday Morning Hiking Club
- Mini Golf
- Geocaching with Kids
- Visiting Caves with Kids
- Field Trip to State Parks
- Field Trip: Great Wolf Lodge
- Field Trip: Factory Tours
- Field Trip: Minor League Baseball Game
- Field Trip: Visit a Waterfall
- Field Trip: Camping
- Field Trip: Zoos and Aquariums
- Field Trip: Science Centers
- Field Trip: Sculpture Garden
DIY Summer Camp Crafts:
- Teach Your Kids to Draw
- Make Your Own Lava Lamp
- CD Case Mazes
- Melty Beads
- Giant Bubbles
- Make Your Own Wooden Tops
- Make and Paint Birdhouses
- Glass Pendant Necklace or Keychain
- Create Your Own Summer Camp T-Shirts
- Stamped Rocks
- Notes Written with Invisible Ink
- Jeans Pocket Notebooks
DIY Summer Camp Wrap Up:
More Resources for Busy Moms!
- Get Organized! A Busy Mom's Ultimate Guide on How to Organize Your Life, Your Family, & Your Home!
- How to Throw Your Own Kids Birthday Parties at Home
- Parenting and Large Family Life
- Ideas for Great Family Road Trips
- Recipes That Your Kids Will Actually Eat
I hope that you found this to be a great resource to you plan what you'd like to do with your kids this summer!