Book-Themed Summer Staycation Ideas

Does anyone else feel the pressure to plan a bunch of fun activities for her kids once summer rolls around? Is anyone else terrible at that? Especially when you work full time year-round and summer feels pretty much like any other time of the year.

I may not be great at activity planning (thank goodness for the KCMB Summer Guide!) but I am pretty good about making sure we read plenty of books. Why not turn this literary love of mine into a summer activity itself? It’s easy to take one of your child’s favorite books and turn it into a summer “staycation” idea. Here are a few ideas taken from a few of my 3-year-old son Jona’s favorites.

Book-Themed Summer Stay-cation Ideas

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. A lot of these ideas are things you would likely do anyway, and pairing them with a book makes them feel extra special.

What books and ideas would you add to this list?

Shea lives in Olathe with her husband Aaron, children Jona and Violet, and their spoiled mutt Ellie. She’s a busy working mom who finds her balance in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes that her picky toddler won’t touch. At the end of a long day, you’ll either find her curled up on the couch with a good book, or busy writing posts for her life and style blog, Shea Lennon, where she hopes to inspire women to look good and live well on a budget. Whether she’s reading or blogging, she’ll likely be accompanied by a bowl of ice cream (the chocolatier, the better) or a glass of wine. And on a good night, both.


  1. This is brilliant. I am a BIG FAN of the Dragons Love Tacos party. Thank you for sharing it! But no hot salsa of course.

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