Summer is gently stepping aside to make way for autumn, and it’s the perfect time to seize those fleeting moments of warmth and sunshine with your family. The last day of summer this year is Saturday September 23, 2023. Even as school schedules and fall activities start picking up, finding time for outdoor adventures is essential. Here are ten simple and delightful ideas to make the most of the last week of summer with your family, encouraging outdoor exploration and bonding before the academic routine takes over.
Kick off the week with a magical outdoor movie night. Gather popcorn, blankets, and your favorite movies. Whether you have a projector and a screen or you’re using a laptop, watching a movie under the open sky is an experience your kids will cherish. Enjoy one last late night of summer before it is full blown Fall!
Start the school year on a whimsical note by planting a morning flower for the fairies. Visit a nursery for some annuals and let your children experience the joy of discovering surprise gifts from the fairies in the flower pot each morning. It’s a delightful way to encourage them to hop out of bed with excitement and make sure they routinely nurture their flowers.
Take advantage of the breezy days and head to an open space for some kite-flying fun. Flying a kite is not only simple but also incredibly enjoyable for both kids and adults. Challenge each other to find shapes in the clouds or play games like hitting the kite with a frisbee or a water gun while it’s in flight. It’s a classic outdoor activity that never gets old.
Transform your backyard into a charming tea party venue. Gather some teacups and set up a delightful “tea” party with your kids. You can use chocolate milk or any other favorite beverage as the “tea.” Dress up in your tea party clothes, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a picnic in style. This simple, imaginative activity will make your kids feel special and create cherished memories.
End the week with a splash! Surprise your family with a water balloon fight when they return home. Prepare balloons, water guns, sprinklers, and hoses for an epic water battle. Make it even more exciting by setting up targets on the garage door or simply have a blast cooling off under the sun. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and embrace the upcoming fall season.
Organize a nature scavenger hunt in your local park or backyard. Create a list of items (clipart or pictures of the item is super helpful for them) for your children to find, such as pinecones, different types of leaves, or even specific colors in nature. Provide them with a small basket to collect their treasures. This activity not only gets the family outdoors but also encourages observation and appreciation of nature.
Dust off those bicycles and go for a family bike ride through your neighborhood or a nearby bike trail or just over to the closest park. Cycling is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and explore your surroundings. Stop at a park or a scenic spot for a snack and some rest, and soak in the beauty of the changing season.
Get creative with sidewalk chalk! Head outdoors with a bucket of colorful chalk and let your children’s artistic talents shine on the pavement. You can create beautiful designs, hopscotch games, or even a family mural. It’s a simple and artistic way to spend time outdoors.
Pack a picnic basket with your family’s favorite snacks and head to a local park for a relaxing picnic. Spread out a blanket, enjoy the fresh air, and savor delicious treats together. Bring along some outdoor games like frisbee, soccer, or a simple ball for added fun. Have you seen our challenge on social media called “Grocery Store Picnic”? Give that a whirl and see if you can beat our time!
Cap off the week by exploring the night sky. Find a spot away from city lights, lay out some blankets, and gaze at the stars. Point out constellations and share stories about the wonders of the universe. It’s a tranquil and awe-inspiring way to conclude the summer and embrace the changing season.
As the last week of summer unfolds, remember that making time for outdoor adventures doesn’t need to be complicated. These simple yet exciting activities will help you create beautiful memories and strengthen family bonds. Let’s celebrate the changing seasons by embracing the great outdoors and making the most of these precious moments with our loved ones. Get outside, have fun, and welcome the transition with open arms!