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10 Family Activities to Do Before Labor Day

Mighty Mommy has 10 fun ideas to make the most of the end-of-summer time with your kids.

By
Cheryl Butler,
August 6, 2013

The summer is more than halfway over, but there's still time for some exciting summertime adventures with your family before Labor Day. Here are Mighty Mommy's 10 fun ideas:     

  1. Plan a “Mystery Day Trip” for your kids.  Think of a place you’ve all talked about going - maybe an amusement park you’ve never visited or a cool lake nearby.  Create little “mystery bags” for each child that give a few clues then whisk them away.  You can even surprise your spouse as well.
  2. Have an outside bedtime story night and read by the light of the moon.  Gather a cozy blanket, a flashlight, a fun snack, and a book to share with your child.
  3. Take your kids to the local farmers’ market.  There are so many local treasures to enjoy, not just fruits and veggies—and you might be surprised how the kids react when they see where produce really comes from!
  4. Hit the library for DVDs or creative craft books. The library doesn’t have to just be for summer reading. This year we picked up some baking cookbooks and once a week throughout the summer my family tried a new cookie or cake recipe that we made together.
  5. Make a bird feeder.  If you’ve ever taken the time to watch the birds in your yard, you know it can be fascinating. Gather the kids, a pine cone, a butter knife, peanut butter, bird seed (black oil sunflower seeds is the most widely-liked) and a string. Have your children spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone then roll the cone in the seeds. Tie a sturdy string around the top and find a high branch to hang your creation.  My family makes a few each summer to give as holiday gifts to our neighbors.
  6. Go to a drive-in movie.  Dress the kids in their PJs and bring blankets and pillows to snuggle with. Pack your own snacks to save on concession stand costs.  We grab a frozen yogurt at a local shop next to our drive-in.
  7. Have an outdoor movie night.  Once you tackle #6, you can create your own outdoor movie experience: Rent (or buy) a projector and screen and make it a neighborhood party. Our neighbor has a pool, so we put up a sheet on the fence behind the pool and the kids swim and watch the movie all at once.  
  8. Catch fireflies.  Fireflies come out at dusk and like to hang out near tall grasses and around your fruit or flower gardens. Turn off as many lights as your children will allow, and then flash a flashlight’s beam up and down to attract fireflies. Let the kids try to catch them in nets and have a clear jar with a vented lid waiting nearby.  Of course, we always let them go before bedtime.
  9. Make homemade popsicles.  Popsicle molds are inexpensive and easy to find, and once you see how much the kids love them (and how easy it is to whip up healthy frozen treats), they’ll become a regular in your snack rotation. You can fill the molds with your favorite fruit juice, cut up fruit, or peruse the thousands of fancy frozen recipes available online.
  10. Take your holiday family photos.  Families are usually more relaxed during the summer and you won’t have to stress over getting a “formal” pose when the holidays roll into town.

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