Summer is winding down, and children everywhere are dreading the return to school–while many parents are rejoicing! There is both a feeling of sadness at summer coming to an end, and also excitement that comes with a new school year. Celebrate the end of summer and return to school with these six fun ideas that will leave lasting memories for your family.
1. Have a “yes day”.
A “yes day” is where you wake up and surprise your kids with the idea that you’ll say “yes” to almost any request (with some reasonable boundaries of course!). Ice cream for breakfast? Yes! Friends over to stay up late? Yes! Skip chores for a day? Yes! For more information on how to host a “yes day” read about it here.
2. Host a Friends Olympics.
Pick a day to host an Olympic-style competition for a group of kids at your house or a local park. Some fun ideas for games are three-legged races, water balloon toss, cupcake eating contest, sack races, cannonball competition, and hula hooping. The options are endless! Reach out to other neighborhood parents to help you plan a day of fun activities for the kids.
3. Hold a backyard campout.
Invite a few friends over, set out tents or sleeping bags, roast marshmallows, stay up late and tell stories, and project a movie on a screen or sheet. Enjoy all the fun of camping with the comforts of home. If backyard camping isn’t an option, set it up in the living room!
4. Go on a date with your child.
Spend a few precious hours one-on-one with each of your kids on a special date. See a movie and grab lunch, paint pottery, go on a hike, or treat them to ice cream! No matter what you do, make it a special time together with your child.
5. Go shopping.
Get your kids excited about the return to school by taking them on a back-to-school shopping trip. Let them pick out a special first day of school outfit, a new lunchbox, a new book, or even items to pack in their lunch. Involving them will make them feel important and excited about the upcoming school year.
6. Plan a neighborhood baseball game and BBQ.
Gather all the neighborhood families and friends together for a big kids versus adults baseball or soccer game. After everyone is good and tired, enjoy a BBQ or potluck meal together and toast to a great summer.