Kelly Packard who many will remember as April Giminski of "Baywatch" fame, is now a busy mom of three and with one on the way. She joined me recently to share her must have tips and ideas for moms on how to plan great summer activities for not just the kids, but the entire family!
Actress Kelly Packard. Photo credit: Brad Buckman. Image courtesy of IMDb
Candace Rose: As a busy mom with three kids and one on the way (congratulations by the way!) what are some of your favorite things to do with your kids over the summer?
Kelly Packard: "I've been giving that a lot of thought over the summer because I just want it to be special for the kids, because this baby is due at the end of summer so I really want it to be all about the kids and I want them to have a good time. So we actually made a summer calendar and it's hanging on our wall, and they wrote down the things or they told me the things they really want to do, people they want to see, places they want to go. Hopefully we can check off that list by the end of summer and I'm going to bring my digital camera along so I can capture all the memories and then at the end of summer I thought it would be really fun if the kids made their own scrapbooks of their summer adventures."
Candace Rose: With so many families on a budget these days, what are some fun inexpensive activities?
Kelly Packard: "I'm teaching my kids now that it's okay to stay home. You can have just as much fun at home as if you would at an amusement park, and I know for my family we really like to have friends and family over for barbecues and picnics and things like that. I found a few things that are really going to help me out this summer- Bic has a couple products that are going to be great. We actually like going to the beach for the day and bringing our grill or doing a picnic, and this is basically going to replace. This is the FlameDisk and this is going to replace your messy charcoal. You put it in, you light it- it's really easy. And of course using the multipurpose lighter- it makes it easier to light and you can use this for candles (for your citronella candles) to keep the bugs away.
While I like everybody over, I don't always have time to plan an elaborate meal so I'm looking for great meal options and a good one is Popeyes. They've got great summer meal deals right now and my favorite is their new Rip'n Chick'n. You just tear it apart, you dip it in the sauce and you stick it in your mouth and it's just so good. It's got a kick, so the adults love it and the kids love it too. And of course they have their Cane Sweeeet™ Peach Tea. It comes in the gallon jugs so you can serve the whole family, the whole neighborhood if you'd like. And they have their Southern Peach Pie. No picnic is complete without that, so it makes for a really fun barbecue or I should say picnic."
Candace Rose: Do you have any creative ideas for thrills and excitement in your own backyard?
Kelly Packard: "For me I don't want my kids on the computer or playing video games this summer. I just really would rather that they get outside and do things that we used to do as kids- games such as horseshoes and stickball and hide and seek- all those games can be just as fun now. It's hot out where we are when we do a lot of water things and we don't have to leave the house to do that, you don't have to spend money. I want to try to rent a movie projector and put it on a sheet and have a movie night. I just want to show them that lasting memories can be made just by being together; you don't have to go anywhere and this summer's going to have to be a true test for me and I'm hoping that a lot of moms try to do that too."
Candace Rose: Do you have any other suggestions for what parents can do with their kids as the day winds down?
Kelly Packard: "Like I said, bringing out old board games and things like that just to wind everybody down and just be together and the key is just think about it this way- summer flies and before you know it it's over and you just want to have those memories. In capturing those memories you'll know that you've accomplished something and the kids will remember it forever."
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
Kelly Packard: "Yeah, MoreTipsForYou.com has everything we talked about and then some, so you can go check that out if you have any other questions or if moms want to find out some fun stuff for summer."