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OnePoll conducted a survey for Mother’s Cookies that evaluated how parents felt about summer vacation. The poll of 2000 mothers with children aged 5 to 12 found that they struggled planning summer activities for their children. Moreover, two-thirds wanted their children to have a memorable summer but weren’t sure how to make it happen.

Mothers had a difficult time planning summer activities 

Another 46% struggled with finding indoor or outdoor activities for their children to entertain them for a long time. Other challenges parents faced include finding new activities for their children to take part in (42%) and getting them into activities with high demand (43%).

Many mothers described themselves as excited (45%) or happy (47%) about the summer. However, others (53%) thought it was hard to plan family-friendly activities. Among the activities parents felt were hardest to prepare for summer weekends are museum visits (49%), movie nights (51%), and zoo trips (53%). The more straightforward activities were video games (32%) and baking and cooking (17%).

While the mothers found the holidays challenging, 7 in 10 enjoyed having their children home for the summer. Another 62% have set traditions for the end of the school year. This included sending thank you notes to teachers (48%), burning old workbooks, school work and homework (49%), and taking photos of their children to mark the end of the grade (50%).

How mothers planned to spend summer with their children 

The parents were excited about playing games with their children during the summer (35%). They were also happy to find out what their children had meant over the year (35%). The mothers were planning to find craft or activity books for their children to use over the holiday (54%), spend time with them in art classes (55%) and find them a sports team or summer camp (59%).

About 47% of the mothers had a to-do list of activities to try with their children. The lists had an average of eight things. Approximately 88% managed to do all or most of the activities on the list by the end of summer. The mothers also joined their children in activities like basketball (30%), tennis (30%), and swimming (35%).

The mothers admitted to finding ideas on how to entertain their children from talk shows (35%), social media (35%), and parenting magazines (35%).