Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Before School Starts
1. Eat ice cream for dinner.
Because it’s a fun laid-back treat (and an awesome vacation tradition) you just can’t justify after Labor Day. Fancy something other than a scoop? Try one of these ice cream pies.
2. Cover your driveway in sidewalk chalk.
3. Plan a family photo shoot.
Ask a pal to take some nice snaps of your entire crew in the summertime glow. Pose for traditional shots, but mix in a few while you play a game or read a book for some precious candid moments.
4. Take the kids on a scavenger hunt.
Thanks to Pinterest, this boredom-buster requires virtually no prep at all.
5. Host family game night.
Pass GO and collect $200 before homework takes over your evenings again.
6. Actually go get that amazing burger/hike that pretty trail/visit that sculpture garden.
Summer is meant for impromptu adventures to the restaurant, park, or site everyone’s been talking about.
7. Go on a picnic.
Even if it’s just in your backyard. The days on which is this is doable (and practical) are numbered.
8. Make guacamole.
Hello! Summertime staple!
9. Have a water fight.
These DIY water toys have soaking power, but will minimize bumps and bruises.
10. Start and finish a puzzle.
Let a challenging thousand-piecer take over your dining table for a few days. It’s a great ongoing activity for rainy afternoons (or any other “I’m bored!” moments).
11. Help out your favorite cause.
Whether you raise a few dollars with a lemonade stand or volunteer in person, teach your kids that their free time is well-spent helping people in need.
12. Make s’mores.
If you’re uncomfortable with an open flame, there’s no shame in making the microwave version of this fan-favorite dessert.
13. Seek out live outdoor music.
Many towns offer free shows in parks during the summer months — find the schedule you sorta remember glancing at in June so you don’t miss the last performance.
14. Tie-dye T-shirts.
This is an outdoor-only activity for sure, so quench your kids’ thirst for hand-dyed clothing now.
What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family? Let me know in the comments.