Summer is here! School is out. Schedules are open. And for parents, the quiet time provided by the school year is a thing of the past. That\u2019s OK - it\u2019s time to have fun! But what to do? There are tons of activities to choose from: sports, music, dance, art, book clubs, zoos\u2026 take your pick.My nearly-4 year old daughter finished school a week ago and I\u2019ve fielded the \u201cwhat are we going to do today?\u201d question every day since, without firm answers. But I was quick to fix that. This week, I\u2019ve booked her at a day camp that features all sorts of sports and fun activities. I\u2019ve also booked her in a track club that runs twice a week for 6 weeks. The rest of the time she\u2019ll be hanging out with mom and dad, without a plan or care in the world. I think it\u2019s important to find a balance between set schedules and periods of \u201cfree play.\u201dI want my daughter to wing it a bit this summer, to use her imagination and create her own fun \u2013 whether it be with family, friends or on her own. I\u2019d like to think that no matter how old your child is, creating a balance between set schedules and \u201cfree play\u201d is a good idea.If you\u2019re looking to fill the \u201cset-schedule\u201d part of your child\u2019s summer, look no further than the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy! I\u2019ve been running the KLSA for over 15 years and every year my primary goal is for my campers to have fun. My second goal: have more fun. And my third goal \u2013 my hat trick, if you will \u2013 is to teach campers the wonderful game of soccer. I\u2019ll be hosting a KLSA in Wilton that runs from July 30th to August 2nd. Each day will feature half-day sessions for kids aged 7-13 that guarantee fun andsoccer skill improvement.This summer I\u2019m also joining forces with Chelsea Piers. They have an awe-inspiring new facility in Stamford, CT, and I\u2019m hosting camps there from August 6th to the 9th. The facilities at Chelsea Piers allow me to offer kids that perfect balance between set schedules and \u201cfree play.\u201d For two hours in the morning I\u2019ll teach my campers soccer skills, and after lunch they\u2019ll participate in a different activity to mix it up. Finally, they\u2019ll end the session with more soccer instruction and fun. It\u2019s bound to be a memorable week! You can register for both the Wilton KLSA and the Stamford Chelsea Piers camps at www.kristinelilly13.com.So, my nearly-4 year old and I plan on finding a balance this summer. She\u2019ll run grassy fields and oval tracks. I\u2019ll run soccer camps and a few hundred errands. And we\u2019ll both enjoy some \u201cfree play.\u201d In all likelihood my daughter will use her \u201cfree play\u201d time to continue running, and keep my husband and me on our toes. As for me, I\u2019ll use my \u201cfree play\u201d time to find another important balance\u2026 between the beach, working out, reading a book and drinking some ice-cold lemonade. Enjoy your summer!