Here Are 9 Ways to Make Summer Sizzle for Your Kids


If you have children, you may have noticed that summer often starts with a blast of enthusiasm and (about three days later) becomes a desperate search for activities - we want to help. It doesn’t have to be too hard, especially if you are lucky enough to live in a cool place like Devonshire, a master-planned community in Forney, Texas.

There is so much to do in this community, just east of Dallas, that families have a virtual resort just minutes away from their front door. The amenities of Devonshire allow kids to get some much-needed “downtime” this summer. More on this later.

Make a Daily Planning Guide - “Have You Completed These Things?”

Just like a Texas Rangers baseball game, your kids can’t enjoy the summer “game” without a program. This means it certainly helps to have a “Summer Survival Guide” to check off BEFORE they do some of the mind-numbing activities such as video games or social media. Each day, each child should have a checklist - mutually agreed to by the child and parent - of things that should be done before any other activities, and this should be placed where it is easy to fill out. This daily planner can include:

Have you…

____Brushed your teeth?

____Made your bed?

____Eaten breakfast?

____Cleaned at least one room of the house?

____Spent at least 20 minutes reading a book?

____ (Add 2 or 3 more tasks)

Below these daily tasks, simply add LET THE SUMMER FUN BEGIN!!!

Encourage Children to Try a New Sport

Experts in the health and fitness of kids’ have begun to strongly suggest that pre-teen and older kids start to specialize in one sport, but not too early in their physical development. Of course, this is done because the child wants to excel in soccer or basketball, or any other sports. Going through the physical motions of just one sport, year-round, can cause repetitive stress injuries, especially in younger kids. Encourage your boys and girls to try some new sports in the summer.

Go Fishing

For residents of Devonshire, there is a great fishing pond in the community. Plus, one of the best fishing spots in North Texas is just a few minutes away. Lake Ray Hubbard has many free and easily accessible spots for kids to safely learn the finer points of fishing. With some rudimentary gear - rod, reel, and hooks - some bait and sunblock, any boy or girl can feel the thrill of catching the BIG ONE. This activity will require some assistance and tips from an adult.

Go Camping

There is nothing more fun than camping during the summer. Even if this excursion takes place in the backyard and the “campfire” is the family’s outdoor grill, nothing tastes better than food made on a camping trip. 

Check the Library for Summer Reading Programs

From the time they learn to read until they graduate from college, your kids need to develop a love for reading. During the summer, most libraries have reading programs, some with prizes and special story days for younger kids. For those who live in Devonshire, the Forney Public Libraries are a wonderful resource.

Look For Summer Festivals

The North Texas area is a mecca for summer festivals - from those that celebrate some type of food or music to others that are focused on the vast ethnic diversity of the region. Check with your chamber of commerce website or simply Google “Summer Festivals in My Area,” and there’s a good possibility that a fun festival is happening this weekend.

Start Swimming Lessons

Learning to swim is essential for children's safety and even very young children learn the techniques in record time. Summer is the perfect time to add this lifetime pursuit to your kids’ skills.

Take a Day Trip to the Dallas Arts District

Just 20-minutes away from Devonshire, downtown Dallas, is one of the most diverse and fascinating Arts Districts in the Southwest. It’s a great day trip for the entire family and with so many places to see and things to do, this destination is good for MANY visits!  

Click here to learn about six great activities to do in the Dallas Arts District.

Spend a Little Time Just Chillin'

A little structure for summer is great (see Planning Guide above), but too much structure could get bothersome for some kiddos. Part of the summer should be spent simply playing. In the case of Devonshire, the beautifully landscaped walking and biking trails are a great place to unwind and enjoy some “nature therapy.” 

The Club at Devonshire is designed to encourage residents and their children to meet neighbors and enjoy the great outdoors. There is a large swimming pool, a splash pool, a covered pavilion with a fireplace and grilling area, an events lawn, and playgrounds that brings residents of all ages together for days of fun in the Texas sun.  

Come See Where All the Laughter Is Coming From!

Any season is great to live in Devonshire, but summer may be the best. Our on-site Lifestyle Director is busy year-round coming up with some of the best resident events for all ages. Summers are great and kid-inspired events are in full swing. Devonshire residents, be sure to setup your account on our HOA website and gain access to our events calendar.

Family memories and lifelong friendships are made, the water in the huge pool is cold and the surroundings make it seem like you’re on vacation. Come take a look. Click here to set a time for a visit.