Summer is nearing its end with many parts of the country already heading back to the classroom. But while the weather is warm and the days are long there are still ways we can enjoy the summer and make every minute of sunshine count.
Here’s our last minute guide to enjoying the rest of summer.
If you have a pool, chances are you have been enjoying it all summer. But if you don’t have a pool there are still plenty of ways to get some splashing in! Lakes and swimming holes can be found in many states, and if you aren’t lucky enough to live within driving distance, your community pool (or a neighboring community pool) can give you some reprieve from the heat.
Go out for ice cream.
What says summer more than an ice cream cone? Hitting your local ice cream shop for a cone is one of the best ways to keep summer going. If you have a bit more time on your hands, check out a new spot you haven’t been to before. This Thrillist article ranks the best 40 in the country, but if you don’t happen to live near one of those there are most likely dozens of options within driving distance. More of a do-it-yourselfer? Try making some ice cream at home! It’s really easy and doesn’t require many tools, contrary to what many people think.
Try a device-free day.
This is great for kids and adults alike. After all, who couldn’t use a break from emails and social media? Block out a day where there’s no TV, no computers, and no phones, and try to enjoy a tech-free day. Have a dance party in the living room, cook a meal with your family, go for a walk, break out the crafts–whatever you want! Just be sure to hide the remotes and screens. This will only work if adults participate whole-heartedly and keep the family engaged (this means no sneaking off to check messages while the kids are playing!)
Go on a field trip.
Field trips in school are always a blast, but taking your family on their own field trip can be even better. Decide on a fun and educational destination, such as an aquarium, planetarium, or even a farm that allows visitors. You can learn a thing or two while enjoying some quality family time. Going out for a fun lunch or dinner (or just ice cream) can put the cherry on top of a great family day. Want to get really into it? Have your kids design matching t-shirts that you can wear and have them draw maps and itineraries for everyone in the family. Planning for your field trip can provide a full day of activities in and of itself!
Have a family game day.
Game days at home can provide the perfect relaxed summer activity. Have everyone pick their favorite game and be sure to play them all. Make some lemonade, sit out in the backyard (or just set your living room up picnic-style) and enjoy a laid back day free of running around and screen time.
Go to a waterpark.
If you haven’t had the chance to go to a waterpark yet, now is the perfect time. You may need to turn it into an overnight trip if it’s not within an easy driving range, but it’s a perfect getaway for kids of all ages (and adults!) If a waterpark isn’t in your budget, set up your own waterpark at home and recreate the fun in your backyard. A sprinkler, splash pad, and slip and slide are more than enough to bring smiles to your family’s faces. Make some fun drinks, set up an obstacle course, have some friends over to join in on the fun. The options are endless and you don’t have to break the bank to have some fun.
Take a trip to the movies.
In the age of streaming, going to the movies is a foreign concept for many. But catching an afternoon matinee is a fun way to spend the day and get out of the house. Matinees are also cheaper than evening shows, so it's the perfect time to see that movie you’ve been talking about all summer.
Try a craft together.
Crafts are fun for kids and adults alike. There are endless options and they can be as simple or as complicated as you would like! Let your kids pick their favorite ideas from Pinterest and see what you can create together. It’s a great way to introduce your kids–and yourself–to a new skill while spending time together. The summer is the best time to craft with kids because you can do it outside and avoid a messy cleanup afterwards. Activities like painting and coloring can be far more enjoyable if you aren’t worried about ruining your carpet and your furniture.
Go camping in your backyard.
Setting up a tent and sleeping under the stars with your family is another fun way to enjoy the beautiful weather. Act as if you are far from home–that means be sure to pack everything you will need and bring it outside so that you can avoid running inside as much as possible. Start a fire, toast some marshmallows, and tell some scary stories. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and bask in the beauty of a summer morning. No backyard to stake out in? No problem! Set up a tent in your living room and recreate the experience indoors. Get some glow in the dark star stickers, open up the windows, and tell stories by flashlight (avoid the open flames while indoors, please). It will be a night to remember for your whole family.
Take a road trip.
It’s not too late to take a road trip and make some memories. Whether it’s a one-day excursion or you want to stretch it a few days, a road trip is a wonderful way to connect with your family while seeing some sights. Pick some good music or agree on a podcast or audiobook, open the windows (or crank the AC if it’s a bit too warm) and enjoy the scenery as you drive to your destination. The destination is up to you, whether it’s just a park you’ve wanted to visit or an event you’ve been scoping out. But enjoy the trip and not just the destination.
That’s how you can enjoy the final days of summer.
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