37 Ultimate End of Summer Activities For Families
Is it just me or is summer flying by?! I have so many things I want to do with my family this summer. And so little time. I put together 37 ultimate end of summer activities for families. Hopefully this will help you create more memories with your family before summer ends!
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1. Take a road trip. It doesn’t have to be a long road trip, but travel to the beach. Visit a new city. Head to the mountains for a day or two. Be spontaneous. Before you leave for your road trip, check out the road trip essentials for toddlers.
2. Go kayaking. If you have a young toddler like I do, this one may be tough to complete. But kayaking is a lot of fun. Strap on those life vests, make sure everyone in your family understands the importance of water safety and try your hand at kayaking.
3. Visit a waterpark.
4. Go on a bike ride.
5. Go to the beach. If you didn’t know already, we love the beach and we visit as often as we can during the summer!
7. Attend an outdoor concert.
8. Order ice cream from an ice cream truck. Have cash ready. And prepare to spend a little extra. But the smiles on your kids faces. It’s worth it. Also, the ice cream truck music will haunt you in your dreams.
9. Watch fireworks. Get creative. Our favorite spot to watch fireworks is in our local city on top of a parking garage. It’s a great vantage point and we get to watch from the comfort of our car with snacks!
10. Watch the sunset. We are fortunate that the sun sets in our backyard and it’s so much fun just taking the time to sit and watch with our kids. Our favorite spot to watch the sunset? You guessed it. The beach.
11. Make a pie from scratch. If you are looking for pie recipes, Desserts With Stephanie has the perfect blueberry pie recipe that uses frozen blueberries.
12. Visit a petting farm. Extra bonus if this farm has baby goats.
13. Have breakfast for dinner. French toast with fresh fruit. Waffles and fruit. Scrambled eggs with bacon. You can’t go wrong and if your kids love breakfast like ours do, its a win-win scenario.
14. Hold a Mario Kart tournament. If you have a Nintendo Switch, a Mario Kart tournament is an obvious. You get to re-live your days as a kid and throw red shells at your kids as you race towards first place. It’s a great feeling.
15. Visit your local library. We end up at the library about once a week. My kids love to read and I’m not going to discourage that! If your kids don’t like to read, encourage a trip to the library. There’s a lot of neat books out there.
16. Make homemade pizzas. You can use tortillas or english muffins. They’re easy and fun to make and they taste delicious!
17. Go to a baseball game. If you live near a baseball stadium, take the family out to the ballpark for the evening. This could even be a high school game! Make signs. Cheer on your hometown team. Your kids will have a blast.
18. Read a book together as a family. This comes easy if your kids love to read too. See #15 and choose a book as a family that you will all enjoy.
19. Have a family game night. There are several great board game options out there for families of all ages.
20. Look through old photo albums together. My wife and I just recently sat with our kids and looked through our engagement photos and wedding albums. It was fun for us to reminisce and have my kids ask why daddy’s hairline has receded so far since those photos were taken.
21. Visit a museum. This could be your local art museum. Or maybe the Please Touch Museum. Explore something new. Learn something new.
22. Plan a family get together. This doesn’t have to be a huge family reunion. But take time out of your month to connect with your family so your kids can have a relationship with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
23. Start a family tradition. If you’re looking for a new family tradition, you’ve come to the right place.
24. Have a play date with your friends. Do you have friends who have kids? Get everyone together and go to the park. Have your friends over for dinner, so your kids can play together. Build relationships!
25. Try a new recipe.
26. Play dress up. My kids are almost 7 years old and still love to play dress up. We have a whole corner of our basement dedicated to their dress up clothes. If it’s too hot outside, cool off with a game of dress up.
27. Visit your local pool.
28. Go blueberry picking. It’s a tedious job, but someone’s got to do it!
29. Eat blueberry shortcake. If you pick enough blueberries and do it right, then you can reap the rewards with the most delicious blueberry shortcake.
30. Paint rocks. This is a two parter. Hunt for the rocks first. Then paint them.
31. Visit your local farmers market.
32. Find a rainbow. When it stops raining and the sun comes out, whoever finds the rainbow first, wins!
33. Play out in the rain. My kids love to jump in puddles. It’s their favorite thing when it rains. If there is no thunder or lightning, you can bet that we are out puddle jumping.
34. Make your own lemonade. You will be shocked when you realize that your kids are actually little entrepreneurs.
35. Make dinner together as a family. What a great way to bond and enjoy one another’s company.
36. Build an indoor obstacle course. This usually ends up turning into a game of “the floor is lava” rather quickly. However, it’s a lot of fun and is a great way to beat the heat during the summer.
37. Decorate your sidewalk with chalk.