It’s hard to believe, but the summer months are coming to an end. And sadly, it’s just about time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping, stocking up on school supplies, and getting back on a normal routine.
The good news…most of you probably still have a few weeks left of summer break, which means now is the time to make the most of the rest of your summer.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your kids, host a family meeting, and put together an end of the summer agenda that will allow you to create some new, meaningful memories with the ones you love before the school schedule sets in.
Not sure what to do? Here are a few ideas I think both your kids and you will enjoy!
If you’re an outdoorsy family, then a camping trip is an activity you’ll definitely want to put on your list. Especially because most camp sites nowadays offer activities for everyone, from fishing and hiking, to swimming and just relaxing around a fire pit.
Go for one night or an entire week… it’s up to you and your schedule!
Best of all, camping is typically very inexpensive. This means you can splurge a little extra on fun things like a new football to throw around or chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers for making s’mores.
Go to the Movies
If your kids have been good about playing outside and limiting their screen time, going out to see a new movie at the theater would be a real treat. Not to mention, it’s a great way to beat the heat after running around outdoors all day.
If you don’t want to go out, staying in for a movie night is also a fun idea. Especially if you have kids of different ages that have different movie preferences. Because renting a movie is a lot cheaper than going out, you can grab more than one movie so everyone’s happy.
Set up two movie areas–perhaps one upstairs in a bedroom and one in a living room–make your family’s favorite treat, and enjoy!
Make a Craft
If your kids (or you!) are masters of glue guns and glitter, a crafting day is always a fun idea.
You can find cheap crafting magazines at the store, or browse websites like Pinterest with your kiddos to find inspiration for what they want to make. Then make a day of it and take your child shopping for supplies and then home to make the craft.
It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids, especially little kids, how to make lists, budget for buying materials, and how to follow instructions as they make a craft.
Or, if you have a wildly creative kid, just let him do his own thing and forget the instructions. In the words of Tommy Shaw, “Success is fickle, creativity is a gift.”
Whatever you end up doing, I hope you and your kids have an amazing end to your summer!
And if you’re looking for some help on getting back into a school routine, I encourage you to check out more articles on my blog where I provide practical tips, tools, and resources for setting both you and your kids up for success!