10 Things to Do With Kids Before School Starts

It's not too late to finish off that summer bucket list

By Jennifer Sheran, publisher McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove Macaroni Kid July 21, 2021

Doesn't it seem like summer has passed in a flash? 

On one hand, it's sad that the summer break is winding down and the endless days spent splashing at the pool are ending. On the other hand, the kids could use some structure, and mom could use a restore to order, less time driving people here and there, and a reduction of laundering all those pool towels!

We can still soak up the time we have left to make family memories before the kids disappear back into the daily school routine.

Here are 10 things to do with kids before summer ends:

Spend a night outside.

Go camping as a family, even if it's just in your own backyard. That time together creates fun and simple memories of finding constellations, making a perfectly roasted marshmallow, and giggling over not-so-scary stories around the campfire.

Play a full game of Monopoly.

OK, it doesn't have to be Monopoly, but finding time for game night will be much harder once school starts. Plan at least one evening of game night fun before summer ends so you can crown a family champion.

Go visit that park you haven't found time for.

Maybe it's not a park, but a hiking trail. Or a new restaurant. Or a new local attraction. Now is the time to find the time! Check out our local hiking trail guide.

Get to the water. 

There's something about spending an afternoon at the water -- whether it's an ocean, a lake, a pool, or a stream -- that makes people unwind and relax. Skipping stones, digging holes, diving under over and over ... being on the water is what summer memories are made of. To decided where to go, check out the Guide to Water Fun in Henry county.

Take a long bike ride.

Spending time together leisurely exploring your town on two wheels is the perfect way to spend a late summer day. Stop at your favorite restaurant for lunch, or pack a picnic to make a day of it.

Eat more ice cream.

I mean, do we really need to expound on this? Check out what locals voted as the best ice cream shop around.

Be a tourist in your own town.

Visit the local museums. Eat at the local restaurants. See the sights the tourists don't miss. You and your kids will gain a new appreciation for what makes our town live special.

Go to a drive-in.

Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie. Make your own "theater" outside by showing a movie on your garage. Don't forget the popcorn and candy! Our Pinterest Board has all things for you to host an outdoor movie event! 

Go back-to-school shopping.

Kids everywhere love back-to-school shopping. Get them excited about the school year by taking them out to choose new shoes, outfits, and school supplies. (Want to save money? Macaroni Mamas know how to do it!) Then don't let them touch anything until the first day of school.

After all, it'll be here before we know it.