Summer is slowly, but surely winding down and pretty soon all the kids will be in back in school. Before you get too caught up in parent teacher conferences, soccer games, school plays and piano lessons, enjoy these last few unstructured days. Here are five things you should do with your kids before that first school bell rings.
A water park is a great way to cool off and have quality family time. Nothing says love like hanging on to your child for dear life as you both sit in a hollowed out log plunging down a 20-foot waterfall. Today’s water parks have something for everyone–from toddlers to teens to grown ups. That crisp fall air is right around the corner. Soak up the sun and water while you can!
Put down that to-do list and that crazy schedule. Spend a whole day doing…anything. No plans. No pressure. Maybe you and the kids will go to a museum. Maybe you’ll pile up on the couch and watch goofy cartoons all day. Whatever happens, happens. Once school starts and the weekdays are filled with school and weekends are filled with them hanging out with their friends, you’ll have precious little time for an Anything Day.
Movie theaters are the perfect way to take a break from those hot, sticky August days. Plan a whole day of movies! Help your kids learn the art of democracy by voting on which movies to see and in which order. Take a lunch break and sit and chat about the movies you’ve watched so far before you dive back in. You might be surprised at the budding Roger Eberts you have on your hands.
Preparing a meal with care is an act of love. Share the joy with everyone by making it a family activity. Plan out a meal that is fun, but relatively easy to make. Give every person an age appropriate task and let the fun begin. Whenever possible, let their creativity seep in. Maybe that salad needed a few chocolate chips. Use the cooking time to catch up on what everyone has been doing and be sure to heap praises on their concoctions. The result will be a dinner table full of love, laughter and family time.
Summer Reading Book Club
Yes, summer and reading in the same phrase. If presented properly, this could be an awesome way to further bond with your child and encourage a love of reading. Pick “fun” books with a good pace that you know your child would like. Both of you read the book by a certain date and then you share your thoughts at a regularly planned lunch, just the two of you. This also helps to make the start of school a bit easier because the summer wasn’t a book desert for your child.
Those are just a few activities to do with your child as the summer winds down. Do you have any special things planned before school starts?