3 Ways To Make Summer Programs Even Better For The Kids And Families

Posted on: 17 April 2019

When you're in charge of planning summer programs for kids, you can quickly become overwhelmed. What will you need? How many kids will be coming? How can you make this year better than the last? Here, you'll find a few ideas that might help you get through the planning process and make this year even better than ever.

Have Custom Medals Made

Every kid loves getting a reward of any kind, but when you hang a metal around a kids neck, you'll see their eyes light up with joy. Come up with a list of things that you can reward the kids for. Maybe attendance for daily camps, teamwork for team events, kindness for sharing, and so-forth.

These custom medals can be displayed during the program for the kids to see—once they see what they have to work towards, you may get some of the kids that would typically be a little stand-offish, to actually participate in the fun.

Idea: If you have teenagers helping you, get some extra medals made to reward them for their hard work. Surely, you can find some unique skills that these teens show while working with the younger kids. If you acknowledge their good work, they'll know that they are appreciated and their efforts were noticed.

Go Bonkers for Balloons

There are so many things that you can do with balloons—both helium and not. What's great about balloons is the fact that you can get hundreds of them for very little cost and you can do so many fun things with them with kids of all ages.

Think beyond decorating! Games, activities, and crafts can all include balloons. Spend some time on Pinterest looking into the many activities that kids can do with balloons—you may find enough ideas for each age group to stay busy at least a couple days during the program.

Create a Photo Sharing Group

Families love to see pictures of their kids attending summer programs. To make it easy for all of those participating to see and share pictures with other families within the program, create a private Facebook group. Each attendee can request to be added to the group and you'll have complete control over who is in the group and what they can and cannot post or see.

Get to it—the first day will be here before you know it! Hopefully, you have a great time working with the kids that enjoy your programs each and every year.