Celebrating Summer’s End
I’m staring down the end of the summer. In just over two weeks, the kids will be heading back to school. While you may catch me joking that the end of the summer can’t come soon enough, it still feels like the summer has flown by.
In a way it feels like time is of the essence to do something fun as we finish up our back-to-school shopping, plan outfits, and get back into the routine of school. Consider it, a “last call” or the “final hurrah” before we settle into eight long months of homework, tests, fundraisers, and parent teacher conferences. This is our shot at squeezing every last drop out of summer like wringing out a sponge.
I’m not suggesting that you throw a party, (I prefer to hold off on my party throwing until the kids are on the bus headed to school but that’s for different reasons). I am suggesting though that before you prepare for the carpool lane you take advantage of the last few carefree summer days and spend them soaking up the sun and refilling the sponge.
So what are your options for celebrating and hanging on to summer? Well, if you’re like me and pressed for time to get everything done such as last minute doctor appointments or physicals, then it’s probably important to stay close to home. Here are some suggestions that will help you create the perfect end of summer memories and keep you on schedule until the start of school:
Unlike a full blown vacation, a staycation is set close to home (within 100 miles or less from home). Weekend trips to a hotel, sitting pool side are an excellent way to quickly esacape and relax before summer’s end.
If taking a staycation isn’t possible, then consider a camping trip in your own backyard. The funny thing about kids is that they don’t really care where they are camping out. The excitement alone of pitching a tent and sleeping somewhere other than their bed will have your kids talking about their “backyard camp out” for weeks.
Day trips to the beach, museum, or nearby amusement park are all perfect ways to wind down the summer, spend the day away from home, and create plenty of memories for the kids to talk about when head back to school.
Often times it’s finding the fun in the last days of summer that can lead to yearly summer traditions. What may start out as a way to sneak in a few extra days of summer fun can turn into an annual tradition that the whole family can look forward to.
I’m all for finding fun where there seems as though there is none and sending the kids back to school with memories of the fun we had as a family.
How will you take advantage of these final days of summer? What will you do to make the end of summer memorable for your family?