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6 Tips To Help Parents Prepare for Summer Sleepover Season

Group of happy young girls at a sleepover

Summer is on the horizon, and if you’re a parent, you know that means one thing — it’s sleepover season! With kids out of school for the summer and free from the stress of having to worry about school nights and bedtimes, you’re probably closer to an all-night playdate than you think.

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of kids giggling into the night, the glow of flashlights, and the joy of morning pancakes … but the task of hosting a troupe of energetic little ones might feel daunting.

Fear not, dear parents! We’re here to make the sleepover gig a breeze. We’ve got a bundle of tips ready to help you turn your home into a kids’ summer sleepover haven.

1. Plan Well in Advance

A well-planned sleepover is a joy for everyone involved. Picking the right date and time is a game-changer. If you’re able to choose a day where you know you won’t have to be up early in the morning — or rouse the sleep-deprived kids first thing — you’ll be able to relax a lot more when you wake up at 4 a.m. and hear giggling coming from the sleepover zone.

Another tried-and-true tactic is to ensure the sleepover attendees get plenty tired during the day. Since it’s summer, there’s nothing quite like a day at the pool to ensure even the most dedicated attempts to pull an all-nighter will fail in a timely fashion, leading to a more restful night and a more relaxing morning for everyone involved. After all, school-age kids need a whopping 9-12 hours of sleep to be at their best!

2. Make the Sleeping Arrangements Fun

Once the games are over and the popcorn’s all eaten, it’s time for bed. Make the sleeping arrangements as comfy as possible … and if you want to make your kids’ sleepover extra special, whimsical sleepover beds will make them eager for bedtime, which means you get the night off.

Clear space in the living room or the kids’ bedroom, lay out sleeping bags or air mattresses, and provide extra pillows and blankets. Some kids might feel a bit homesick, so creating a cozy environment can make them feel safe and comfortable.

3. Kick Your Sleepover Up a Notch with a Theme

Kids love themes! They add that extra dash of fun and creativity, making the sleepover a truly memorable event. Pirates on a treasure hunt, princesses in a fairyland, or astronauts in outer space — the possibilities are endless.

You can weave the theme into everything from invitations and decorations to games and food. The goal is to keep it fun and interactive. After all, there’s no better way to send your kids off to dreamland than with a head full of adventure after imagining life as an astronaut or pirate before bed.

4. Food Can Make or Break Your Event

Let’s face it — food can make or break the sleepover experience. Keep the menu simple, nutritious, and fun. Think DIY mini pizza stations or a build-your-own taco bar for a main, and make sure to have plenty of snacks on hand.

Popcorn is a must for movie time, and there are all of the classic go-tos that mainly consist of cookies and candy. While there’s nothing wrong with letting kids indulge at a sleepover, make sure to have some healthy options on hand too. Lastly, don’t forget to plan breakfast!

5. Keep All Attendees Entertained

No room for boredom at this sleepover! Plan a few structured activities, but remember to leave some space for free play too. Board games, movie marathons, and DIY craft stations are all hits.

How about a backyard scavenger hunt or indoor fort-building contest? With plenty of options, the kiddos won’t have a dull moment!

6. Most Importantly, Prioritize Safety

It may not sound exciting, but keeping the little ones safe and healthy is the most important part of hosting a sleepover. Make sure you know about any allergies or dietary restrictions ahead of time. Have a list of emergency contacts and any necessary medical information for each child. You’ll also want to keep a first-aid kit handy, just in case.

Finally, be sure to lay out some basic house rules — no running indoors, no food fights, that kind of thing. It’s all about striking a balance between fun and safety.


Summer sleepovers can create lasting memories for children — and with these tips, they can be a breeze for parents too! Remember, the goal isn’t to craft a picture-perfect night from a movie scene. It’s about the simple pleasures — late-night giggles, shared secrets, and the joy of friendship.

So, embrace the chaos, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or two), and get ready to host a summer sleepover that will be the talk of the playground. After all, nothing says “summer” quite like a group of kids, high on laughter and sugary snacks, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Happy hosting!

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Hanna Heller

Hanna is the entertainment and lifestyle editor for CDN. Fan of great movies, legendary music, outdoor activities and cool stuff in general, her opinions, as expressed in her articles, are her own and not necessarily shared by anyone .. anywhere .. ever. Follow Hanna on Twitter: @Hanna_CDN

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