Creating a Summer Schedule for Kids with a Free Printable Checklist

Creating a summer schedule for kids is simple when you use this FREE printable checklist. Let this quick start guide help you plan a summer schedule that works for your family!

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"Mom, you know why I like summer?" one of my 6 year old twins asked me the other day. His answer didn't really surprise me.

"It's like every day is Saturday!"

Of course, when you are a kid, the #1 highlight of summer break is that school is out. You can sleep a little later, have more free time, and the weather is perfect for playing outside, going to the pool, or heading out on a family vacation.

But here's the thing: kids thrive on having a routine. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent."

During the rest of the year, kid's routines generally revolve around their school schedule, along with any activities they participate in. But creating a summer schedule for kids can be a little trickier. You need to find the right balance to help your kids enjoy the freedom of summer with the comfort routines can provide.

So where do you even start creating a summer schedule that works for your family?

I've laid out a 5 step plan to help you create your perfect summer schedule, including a free printable checklist and the tools that you need to get it done.

Learn how to create a summer schedule that works for YOU with this simple step by step guide. Includes a free printable checklist to help you along the way! Get ready for summer break and help your entire family to enjoy their summer with a routine that works. Every mom needs this! #summerbreak #planners #parenting #summer

Creating a Summer Schedule for Kids

One quick note before we get started: I'm not going to give you a schedule to follow. In fact, I don't believe that kids should have a set schedule by the hour or even the day. 

What I am going to give you is the tools you need to figure out how to create a routine that works for your family.

Start by downloading my FREE SUMMER SCHEDULE CHECKLIST. This checklist will help you work through each step of creating your routine and outline the specific tools you need for each step of the way.

Consider this your blueprint for creating the summer schedule that gives your kids the structure they need and the free time they deserve.

Write out a routine, but keep it flexible

When you think about your routine, don't try to schedule out every day to the minute. Think about the important things that need to be done: morning routine, chores, evening routine, summer reading, etc.

Then let your kids brainstorm things that they would like to do each day.

And finally, work together to come up with special summer plans like vacations, day trips, or special activities.

Using my Summer Activity Planner as a guide will help you work through this process with daily, weekly, and monthly planning pages as well as a summer bucket list!

Remember that you are not writing out a schedule for your kids, but flexible guidelines that will keep them occupied and allow you to accomplish the things you want as well.

Make a List of Essential Household Chores and Assign Them 

Everyone in your family should be responsible for taking care of things that need to be done around the house. If your kids don't already have chores, now is the time to get started. The first step is to create a list of the minimum that you need to do for your home to run smoothly, and assign age appropriate chores to your kids.

If you can’t think of what to put, stick to three main areas: laundry, dishes, cooking. These three things will need to happen each day, so you need to be ready to handle them each day.

Beyond the essentials, you can create a "work for hire" chart to encourage your kids to do bigger jobs around the house. You can use money or the printable coupons in my Summer Activity Planner as rewards.

Create a Flexible Meal Plan

Is it just me, or do your kids eat ALL THE TIME in summer? Unless you want to be serving snacks 24/7, you need to come up with a plan. I'm a big believer in creating an area in your kitchen for self serve, kid friendly snacks and drinks to encourage your kids to be more independent.

When it comes to meals, take advantage of using the crock pot and grill to make easy meals that won't heat up the whole house. Creating a flexible meal plan can allow people to come and go throughout the day during busy days, or allow yourself the grace to not have to think about what you need to start the next meal.

Account for Summer Trips and Activities

Routines are amazing for days when not a lot is going on! However, trips and activities can quickly ruin our best made plans. Account for what you will do when you have a busier day and even a trip planned. You may need multiple routines to keep everyone on track.

Plan your activities in advance and try not to cram too much into a short period of time. You'll want to leave space in your routine for sudden changes (summer colds, anyone?) and for your kids to recover after especially busy days. Which is why my favorite tip is the next one.

Make Room for Downtime and Quiet Time

You want to make sure you plan for doing nothing. If you are constantly running around every day all day, you will burn out and so will your family. Schedule time to just sit and watch TV or read a book with your kids. You will thank me later and you’ll be able to enjoy more of your summer as a family.

Allow at least one hour each day for at home family time where no one has to do anything, and if you can, one day a week with no where to go (we call it pajama day).

Get the Tools You Need to Create Your Perfect Routine

Creating your perfect summer routine is easy when you have everything you need at your fingertips. That's why I'm so excited about my brand new Summer Planning Bundle.

The Summer Planning Bundle is a curated collection of some of our best selling products that will make this year's summer break better than ever.

You'll get the tools you need to:
  • Get organized and on a schedule
  • Plan easy summer meals
  • Keep track of activities and appointments
  • Get your household chores done
  • Keep your kids entertained
  • Plan your summer vacation and travel and much more!
This bundle is packed with resources that you can use now to get organized before summer break, and to help you stay organized all summer long, including:
  • Summer Activity Planner & Coupon Book: including daily, weekly, and monthly planning pages for kids, a summer bucket list, summer reading list, and summer fun coupons you can use as rewards for chores or just for fun!
  • Family Travel Planner: plan everything for your summer travel from budget to accommodations to activities and itineraries. 
  • Family Meal Planner: menu planning tools that you can use to keep track of what's in the pantry and refrigerator, and what you'll be having for each meal.
  • Summer Planner Stickers: print and cut stickers for your planner to track pool days, activities, and fun in the sun.
  • Amusement Park Checklist: a must have checklist of essentials you need for a trip to the amusement park (or any summer day trip).
  • Family Chore Charts: a set of 6 color coded chore charts so your entire family can get on board with helping around the house.
  • Pet Chore Chart: a bonus chore chart to help your kids take care of their pets.
All in one place (and it's more than 30% off the price of purchasing these items separately).


Get your Summer Planning Bundle NOW and you'll be ready for a stress free summer you'll remember.

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