We’ve experienced one of the warmest and sunniest Springs that many of us can remember. This is pretty typical seeing as the majority of us are in lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus and can’t get out and about to take our little ones to parks, visit families and friends for BBQs, or do much else outside of the confines of our homes. But it is giving us hope that if we’re eventually free from social distancing measures by the time the summer months come around, we could be in for a real treat. Even if we are still in lockdown by then, it’s still a good idea to prep your family for the summer months. You want the best time possible, regardless of circumstances. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you all have the best time possible!
Make Sure Your Little Ones Have Summer Clothes
Maybe your kids don’t need a full blown summer wardrobe for your little ones yet, but now’s a good time to start ordering your kids’ clothes for the summer. This will allow you to build up wardrobes that are suitable for the weather rather than having to do a huge, rushed haul all at once. Spread the cost and pick up a piece at a time in the lead up to summer!
Stock Up On Sunscreen
We all need sunscreen to protect our skin from UVA and UVB rays. But our little ones can’t apply it properly themselves and really do need us to make sure they’re topped up whenever they’re outside. So, make sure you have plenty of factor 50 ready and waiting. Waterproof options often prove great for little ones too, as they tend to want to jump in and out of paddling pools and spray each other with water guns or sprinklers.
Come Up With Some Plans
There are so many different plans that you and your family could arrange for the summer months. Sure, you might not necessarily be able to do all of them if lockdown restrictions stay in place throughout the summer. But there are some things you can plan to carry out in your own home. Thinking them up can be a great distraction for you and your kids, giving you something to occupy your minds and take up your time. It can also give your family a sense of hope that will ensure everyone has something to look forward to! Here are some you might want to have a little think about.
A Garden Picnic
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it. Pack up some food in a little hamper, roll out a blanket for everyone to sit out on and have a garden picnic. This can be so much fun! Little plastic cups and paper plates add a sense of doing something different rather than just having lunch in the garden.
With the days getting longer and hotter, it is time to make some beach plans. Although, instead of simply making sandcastles and splashing in the ocean, you can provide your kids with a learning experience like fishing. Charter Fishing in Milwaukee, for example, can be a really satisfying fishing experience, especially for newbies, if you are willing to splurge a little. Charter fishing is an excursion planned by professional fishers and boat owners, in which they take guests out in the sea in order to catch fish. This way you kids are not only having fun this summer but they get to learn a new skill too.
In a similar vein, you could have a summer BBQ in the garden. There are plenty of disposable BBQs out there, but you might want to consider investing in a proper one. You’ll get plenty of use out of it and it will cook your food more evenly and to a better quality.
Kids love to splash about in the heat – and you needn’t go out of your way to a local pool to give them this joy. Instead, you could order a home pool or even a simple paddling pool to provide them with somewhere to splash about in your garden as the summer months progress.
Out of Lockdown Plans
Hopefully, lockdown restrictions may have loosened by the summer. If this is the case, you could bring some out of lockdown plans into play. Perhaps going on a holiday. Heading on a camping trip. Visiting a local beauty spot. Seeing long distance family members and family friends. The possibilities are endless!
These are just a few suggestions. You’ll know what’s best for your family and how to keep your little ones as best entertained, as well as healthy and happy, during the summer months. Sure, it can feel a little difficult to plan when we’re living through such odd times. But it’s always good to stay positive and keep spirits up. Hopefully, the above guidelines could help you to organise some really enjoyable plans for you and your family in the upcoming months – whether we’re still in lockdown or not!