Camps and Fun Summer Ideas

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Ideas for creating a summer child care plan, finding a summer sitter, traveling with kids, choosing a summer camp, planning fun summer activities and making kid-friendly summer food.
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Sleep-away camp conjures up wonderful images of outdoor activities, new friendships and growing independence -- not to mention a break from homework battles, carpools and the need for a babysitter. But...
boy and girl playing on ropes
Summertime is all about fun. But with that fun, there are also lots of opportunities for accidents to happen. Make sure you and your kids go over these tips on how to stay safe this summer. And share...
mother daughter blowing bubbles
Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking "I'm bored" every five minutes. How can parents and nannies keep kids entertained, active...
Summer Child Care Tips
Between summer camps, soccer practices and play dates, summer time means transportation to and from different places, and multiple kids means multiple activities, drop-off points and pick-up times. When...
School is out and the days are longer, so whether you're home with the kids or working from an office, these gorgeous days beg for extra helping hands, to wear them out, get them school-ready and...
Summer break often means a new babysitter. Whether it's someone who can ensure a few weekend date nights, the person shuttling the kids to and from camp or a full-time nanny, this summer helper can...
Although kids are on vacation for the summer, you, unfortunately, are not. Who takes care of your children when school is out, but you still have to work? Finding a summer camp may work, but if you...
Family vacations are great for bonding with loved ones as you get away from your normal routines. But a family vacation can sometimes feel like no vacation at all for parents chasing after kids. Parents...
If your babysitter just announced she's leaving for the summer or the first few weeks of the season are already overwhelming your schedule, you're in a pinch, but don't panic. Finding the...
Hiring a summer sitter requires a different approach than that taken during the school year. Because your children’s schedules will be less structured during the summer (and will involve warm-weather...
School is out for the summer and your charges have lots of energy and time. What's a nanny to do? Band together to form a "nanny camp." A nanny camp is a group activity that is becoming...
You're in a dilemma. The kids are out of school and you need to fill their time -- somehow. Whether you're just looking for a break to run errands (and let them run off some energy), need to fill...
Summer Camp Resources
The school year will be over before you know it and the lazy days of summer will be here. If you don't want your teenager spending the summer hanging out on the couch, start thinking about summer plans....
Did you know that most camp planning takes place in early winter and spring? Just when you were getting over the holiday stress and still bundled in your Snuggie, you need to find the place for your child...
Heading off to summer camp is a wonderful -- and big -- milestone for a child. It's an opportunity for children to grow their cognitive thinking, problem solving abilities and curiosity, while still...
When the kids are on summer break, you’ve got to find ways to keep them busy and entertained. Camps are a popular choice for filling the long days (and even nights), but an abundance of options at...
Not all camps are created equal. But when faced with thousands of choices they can all start to look the same. Find some great camp options on Care.com, then narrow down your choices with these seven...
Some families believe summer camps won't fit their budget. But it doesn't have to mean spending thousands of dollars for your child to have the "camp experience." "Don't assume...
Whether it's a sleep-away experience or a day program, summer camp is a place where new friends become old friends and memories are made. The problem? There are so many to choose from. And while it's...
It's a difficult and anxious decision: should you sign your child up for an overnight summer camp? You want them to have a wonderful first experience, but you can't get one thing off your mind:...
When it came time to choose a day camp for my daughter Ella last summer, I was overwhelmed. She was about to enter kindergarten, and had outgrown her preschool camp. There was a seemingly endless array...
If you are looking for ways to save on childcare and day camp this summer, consider forming a Summer Camp Co-op through Care.com. By creating your own day camp with other parents in your neighborhood, you can be certain that the care will be affordable, trustworthy, and provide unique learning experiences for your child.
Sleep-away camp conjures up wonderful images of outdoor activities, new friendships and growing independence -- not to mention a break from homework battles, carpools and the need for a babysitter. But...
Camp is a long-standing summer tradition for many families. It can be a life-changing experience for kids that will give them memories that last forever. During the school year, kids spend most of their...
As a parent, you know that the price of after-school programs and extracurricular activities can range from economical to expensive, depending on type, length and a number of other factors (like child-to-instructor...
Planning a summer vacation for your family can be an exciting, albeit stressful, endeavor. Why not take some of the pressure off this year and sign up for an all-inclusive experience that everyone is sure...
Summer Job Advice
Seasonal jobs, school breaks and the ever-present need for some extra cash make summer a great time in which to explore job opportunities while getting experience doing something you really love. There...
Summer jobs come in all shapes and sizes -- and it's easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. When New York City-based Meg Hagar thinks back on all her summer jobs, she loved working at the New...
Summer Activities
Whether you're taking a plane, train or automobile, when talking about travel with kids, "vacation" can be a pretty loose term. How do you make your summer trip easier, more fun, and more...
Any mom will tell you that you can't go into a road trip on impulse. You've got to have a plan. Survival is the operative word, and even the best moms can get derailed on a vacation. The Any Mommy...
Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking "I'm bored" every five minutes. How can parents and nannies keep kids entertained, active...
Summer is most people's favorite time of the year. School is out, the weather is warm and it's time to relax and recharge. Jill Tipograph, an expert on summer and founder of Everything Summer,...
There are two words that can send your summer spirit soaring: "I'm bored!" Your child has suddenly gone from an action-packed school year to the carefree days of summer. As much as you are...
The lazy, hazy days of summer are a welcome relief for kids from the chaotic school year routine. No more last-minute homework assignments. No more forgotten permission slips. And no more dreaded pop...
Planning a family camping trip? If you're new to the camping experience (or have never brought kids along before), here is some important advice, fun activities and easy food ideas to get you started....
School's... out... for... summer! And you know what that means: It's the perfect time for a family vacation. What destinations are best when traveling with kids? We reached out to a few of our...
There are countless summer products available - sunscreens and bug sprays galore. So how do you know which are the best for your family? Katie, the Wellness Mama would say, just make your own! This blogger...
Being savvy in the summer is a must if you don't want to spend those gorgeous sunny days at the store searching for the perfect snack, or worse, with bored kids. From road trips to last-minute picnics,...
Summer is usually kids' favorite time of year -- but not so for parents and nannies. It can be tricky finding activities to keep your little ones occupied during this time off from school. Other than...
When school is out, regular activities end and sports practices subside, what's a sitter to do? Summer camp may be the answer for some, but for other families -- for logistical or financial reasons...
Summer is the time to be more laid back, let go of some rigidity and embrace you're inner child -- even if you'll be working all day. Not to lay on a guilt trip, but these are often the days kids...
It's a familiar scene: the final class bell rings on a warm June day. The school doors burst open and children fly out, brimming with excitement, giddy with freedom, and nothing but long, lazy hot days...
Remember when you were a kid and summer seemed endless -- in a good way? Funny how things change. Now it's just a matter of time before your kids start saying, "I'm bored," to you...
Two weeks of pure excitement, adrenaline, heartbreak, and triumph. Who wouldn't be interested? The Summer Olympics are coming to London July 27 to August 12. Haven't secured your $2000 (per...
When it comes to keeping kids' brains working over the Summer, Krissy Sherman Bonning is a natural. As her kids' home school teacher, the B-Inspired Mama puts an emphasis on reading books over...
Where there are kids, there must be snacks. That's how Najwa Kronfel feels at least. And when summer arrives, the added bonus of more fun, more traveling and more adventures leads to - you guessed...
Allison Waken, author of the blog All for the Boys, knows all about traveling with kids - the good and the bad! From puke bags to gag gifts and last minute wardrobe dilemmas, Waken has learned how to avoid...
Summertime and the living's easy.  Or at least it will be -- once you line up a smorgasbord of your kids' activities and lock in your child care.  With the kids off from school, you may find yourself...
Charity Curley Mathews and her family love picnics. The Foodlets blogger will make a picnic out of any situation - even in the car! Whether you are headed for the beach, pool, road trip, flight or BBQ...
Hello vacation time! We all deserve a break from the ordinary to relax, unwind and come home refreshed. But, like it or not...
Summer Safety
Longer days, lighter nights and more worrying. Yup, it's summer. And before your kids race out the door, you're doing all you can to protect them from sun, bugs, head injuries, etc. There's...
Summertime is all about fun. But with that fun, there are also lots of opportunities for accidents to happen. Make sure you and your kids go over these tips on how to stay safe this summer. And share...
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