MOM BOSS: SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR BUSY MOMS

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger ​

Summertime is when Moms take command of their homes and prepare to work harder than ever! Jugging summer activities, vacations and a busy career is a talent. Crabtree Valley Mall has ways to help Moms be the Boss this summer. Here’s a list of summer activities to keep the kids busy and to give Mom a break.

SUMMER KIDS PROGRAMS

It’s back again, Summer of Fun for the kids. Every Monday – Thursday from now – August 14th in Promotional Court on the Lower Level enjoy FREE family-friendly, kid-focused activities like Disney movie screenings and reading corners. Bring your child to meet their favorite Princess or Superhero, let them explore their creativity with the Girl Scouts and Tic Tac Toys, or share in the fun with oversized board games. There’s something for kids of all ages at Crabtree Valley Mall’s Summer Fun Days.  Join us for these FREE air-conditioned, indoor activities all summer long!

SHOP FOR VACATIONS WITH EASE

Planning for a vacation is one thing, packing for one is another thing.  Summer vacation and sleep away camps are easy to shop for with kid-friendly sets, swimsuits, and luggage! Shop retailers like Old Navy, Gap, Journey’s Kidz, Kids Foot Locker, Justice and Bag n’ Baggage for their line of luggage for kids.

Here’s a short reminder list of what to shop for:

  • 1-2 swimsuits per day
  • 1 dressy outfit per day
  • 2 casual outfits per day
  • Jacket/Sweater/Sweatshirt
  • Underwear/socks/pjs
  • Shoes: swim shoes or flip flops/sneakers/sandals
  • Beach cover-up
  • Accessories: hats,
  • Books, Portable games & chargers

GAMES TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY

Tic Tac Toys has a wide selection of board games, art supplies, and electronics to keep kids busy this summer! Set aside a day for play, or art projects.  Make a calendar of game days and create excitement around playing a new game or trying a new art project this summer.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

ReadingRockets.Org has a summer reading list for kids 1-12 years old! You’ll find funny stories, friendship stories, science and nature books, poetry, graphic novels, picture book biographies, and more. Shop for your list at Barnes & Noble.

Here are a few fun titles:

  • 12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book (ages 1-3)
  • Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins (ages 3-6)
  • Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing (ages 6-9)
  • The Last Last-Day-of-Summer (ages 9-12)