Summer is coming to an end. Have you done everything you wanted to do with your children? Don't worry; there is still time to make the last couple of weeks count with the family (and even get a few jobs done).
1. Run in the sprinkler. Do not just turn it on and watch. Don your summer clothes or your swimsuit and jump right in there with the kids. They'll love it.
2. Write on the sidewalk. Or the driveway. Use sidewalk chalk sticks to draw big pictures, play tic-tac-toe, and get in a little practice on A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s with young children.
3. Take a hike. It's hot, so plan your hike for morning or evening and be sure to bring some water. Try to pick a place in your area that you and your family haven't been before, but don't be afraid to drive a ways for some great family exercise.
4. Take a final day trip.
5. Camp out — even if it's just in the backyard.
6. Go bowling.
7. Take in a game of miniature golf.
8. Spend the day in bed. Let everyone hang in their pajamas, play board games, or just talk and laugh together.
9. Read a bunch of books. Picture books, chapter books, or both — depending on the ages of your children. This is a great thing to do along with #8.
11. Stay up late. Have family fun after the sun goes down.
12. Go swimming. Make one more trip to your city's pool or aquatic center.
13. Make lists of favorite lunch foods. Incorporate ideas from these insts for their lunches when they head back to class.
14. Sort clothes. Get shirts, shorts, pants, or uniforms ready for school, and donate other clothes to local shelters or charity thrift stores.
15. Eat out. Pick a favorite restaurant and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning up.
16. Watch a movie — or two. Complete with popcorn and treats.
17. Go to a park. Try one in your area that you have never been.
18. Create a new activity. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
19. Practice skills. Go over things with your children they learned in camps this summer: science, sports, arts, and crafts. Or, let them show you what they learned. Let them put on a performance or art show to demonstrate their new skills.
20. Cook. Go through your recipe books and meal planning apps to pick some new meals, and start planning for upcoming school nights.
21. Create a Keepsake of Summer Memories together.