Last-minute family activities to do before the end of summer

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Before you know it, summer will be over and there will be a ton of things you wish you had done. When summer begins, it feels like we have so much time to make memories and do fun things with our kids. Before you know it, summer becomes tiring and even hard to get through. For many, summer means warmer weather and more time to be outside and spend time with family.


For many moms, summer is just another season and they have to find extra care for their children. Whether you love summer or can’t wait for it to end, here are 12 activities to do with your kids before summer officially ends.

12/12 have a picnic

It can be a simple lunch in your backyard or at the local park. A few simple sandwiches and everyone’s favorite fruits and drinks make the perfect simple picnic. Summer can be hot, so even an early dinner after the heat of the day is a great time for a picnic. Don’t forget a blanket to sit on.

11/12 Play with water

Summer is hot and children love everything related to water. Water balloons or even running through a sprinkler are just part of summer. If you haven’t done enough this year, get out there and play with some water before we’re all in jackets again.

10/12 Have a movie night

Cinema and summer go hand in hand. There’s a reason summer blockbusters are a thing. Turn off the lights and with Netflix or Disney Plus, the only problem you’ll have is choosing a movie. Serve popcorn and soda for the full experience.

9/12 Sleep and Enjoy

Our society puts too much pressure on being busy. Moms are always busy, and if you can, and if your kids allow it, summer is the best time to sleep in and not feel guilty. If you work or are a natural early riser, even an extra hour can improve your day. Sleep this summer and enjoy every second.

8/12 Go out for ice cream

Ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert. Treat your kids to a scoop or two at least once at your local ice cream shop. It’s a small thing but something they will remember.

7/12 Take a school exam

School will start soon, and it’s a good idea to do a proper review for your children before they go back to school. The summer slide is real, and all moms are a little guilty of putting school on the back burner in the summer. While that’s perfectly okay, a few weeks before school starts, a few worksheets and a few documentaries can put them back in the academic spirit.

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6/12 Take a day trip

Refuel the car, get in and drive. There must be some kind of neat destination near you that can make for a fun day trip. A natural wonder, a store you want to visit, a museum or zoo, or even a sleepy little town with a delicious restaurant can all make for fun trips.

5/12 Have a day yeah

Don’t be afraid of “Yes” day, just have a few ground rules. Pick a good day when you’re mentally ready to say “yes” to whatever your kids want to do. Set a budget and maybe a location limit and have fun. You don’t have to say “yes” to everything except your kids will love being the one to make all those choices.

4/12 Make S’mores

S’mores are best in the summer when roasted over an open fire. A roasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers are simple but unmissable. These are the best summer snacks/desserts, and they don’t hit the other seasons the same way. If you haven’t already done so this summer, make your kids some s’mores. They will love it.

3/12 Head to a farmers market

Most towns will host a local farmer’s market on weekends. This is where local farmers and traders gather to sell their wares. Pay a visit at least once this summer and see what fresh produce is being grown all around you. Very Well Family makes this suggestion as well as a good way to support local businesses.

2/12 Go camping anywhere

Even if it’s just in your backyard, camping in a tent is so much fun for kids. It is a different and new experience. One-spot tent camping involves a lot of packing, so the backyard (or a friend’s yard) is a good low-key option for moms who want a flushing toilet and a kitchen full of snacks.

1/12 do nothing at all

As moms, we can over-program ourselves and our children. There are many things we have to do during the school year that we should use in the summer to relax. Spend at least a day, if not more, doing nothing. Watch movies, read a book, look at the sky. Whatever you do, keep it so basic that at the end of the day, you won’t be able to name a thing you do. Lazy days are good for the soul.

Source: Chicago Parent, Life Hack, Fine Family

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