It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! The boys go back to school in about three weeks, and I’m starting to think about back to school supplies.
But before you get into the hustle and bustle of a new school year and the approaching fall season, enjoy those last drops of summer and all they have to offer. If you just don’t know where to begin, take a peek below at these 101 things to do before summer is over. These activities can help you get the last bits of fun out of your summer season and leave you with memories you will always cherish.
101 Things to Do Before Summer is Over
1. Pick some wildflowers and create a bouquet. Give it to someone special.
2. Pick some flowers and press them between heavy books. Craft with them.
3. Plant some bulbs for a nice show next spring.
4. Can or dry the last bits of produce in your garden.
5. Turn your garden fruits into preserves or jelly.
6. Save some seeds from your garden to use next year.
7. Clean and repair your bird feeders so they are ready for winter feedings. Mix a little seed and bacon fat to make your own suet.
8. Make a butterfly feeder using a shallow dish and some sugar water.
9. Make your own fruit pops using fruit juice and chopped fresh fruit.
10. Make fruit pizzas using fresh fruit, frosting, and a sugar cookie.
11. Enjoy a camp out under the stars.
12. Enjoy a bonfire complete with smores and hot dogs.
13. Have a bike race with the kids.
14. Enjoy a bike wash with the kids. Gather buckets and sponges and go to town.
15. Take the family dog on an evening walk.
16. Go on a nature hike. Gather cool leaves and flowers you may see.
17. Make root beer or cream soda floats with ice cream and root beer/cream soda.
18. Try your hand at Purple Cows, using grape soda and vanilla ice cream. You can even add sprinkles.
19. Hang dry your clothing on a clothesline. They will smell great!
20. Give your car one last outdoor hand wash.
21. Help the kids start a leaf, rock, shell, or other nature collection.
22. Enjoy some sidewalk chalk drawings.
23. Play an old fashion game of tag or flashlight tag in the evening.
24. Catch fireflies in a jar and watch them glow. See who can catch the most then release.
25. Find a toad and create a habitat for him in a shoebox. Release after an hour.
26. Go bird watching. Try to mimic the bird calls or see if you can find any feathers.
27. Enjoy one last zoo trip. Take a sketch book so kids can draw their favorite animals.
28. Hang a hose over a branch to create an outdoor shower kids will have a blast with.
29. Soak sponges in water and enjoy a water fight.
30. Fill balloons with shaving cream for a messy but fun balloon fight.
31. Trace the outlines of your hands, feet, or body on the sidewalk using chalk.
32. Have a garage sale. Do something fun with the earnings.
33. String dried pasta to make necklaces. Paint them for extra color.
34. Visit a local orchard to pick fruit one last time.
35. Enjoy an outdoor flea market and see what deals you can rustle up.
36. Stop and enjoy the smell of fresh cut grass once more.
37. Gather some rocks and paint them to look like animals or bugs.
38. Give each other face paintings to look like animals.
39. Enjoy the local fair or carnival.
40. Get the roller skates out and go for a skate as a family.
41. Learn a classic game such as Four Square.
42. Play some fun lawn games like Bocce Ball or Croquet.
43. Grow grass in flower pots for kids to trim with scissors.
44. Make a rain gauge out of a cup and ruler and watch it fill up.
45. Look at the clouds and try to find pictures in them.
46. Grab a quilt and picnic basket and go for one more picnic.
47. Use up the last of those sparklers on a hot summer night.
48. Fill up the kiddie pool once more and enjoy a good splash.
49. Try your skills at skateboarding.
50. Decorate your windows with washable window paint.
51. Get out some water colors and paint under the sun.
52. Go fishing in the local pond.
53. Try catching tadpoles or minnows.
54. Enjoy one last outing at the beach with the family.
55. Build a gigantic sand castle.
56. Bury someone in the sand up to their neck.
57. Trace a heart into the sand as well as the date and take a picture.
58. Have some fun with binoculars outdoors.
59. Look at the stars for constellations.
60. Go on a night hunt for owls.
61. Head to a local drive in and watch a flick.
62. Host a movie night in your own backyard.
63. Enjoy a luau style party with friends.
64. Decorate a pair of dollar store flip flops.
65. Go sweet corn picking.
66. Grill out some of your favorite foods.
67. Enjoy an evening by the fire telling ghost stories.
68. Go on a mini road trip and see what attractions you can find. A weekend is all you need!
69. Plant a mini herb garden that you can bring indoors when the weather changes.
70. Gather fruit and ice cream and make your own smoothies.
71. Visit a local splash pad for some cool fun.
72. Fill a sensory table with water or shaving cream for some sensory fun.
73. Splash in mud puddles.
74. Look for a rainbow after a hard rain.
75. Get ice cream from the ice cream truck.
76. Make your own snow cones.
77. Make a salad using fresh garden veggies.
78. Drive with the sunroof open.
79. Enjoy a game of HORSE on the basketball court.
80. Head to a local park and play a tennis match.
81. Enjoy your morning coffee on the back porch.
82. Play an outdoor game of hide and seek.
83. Host a neighborhood field day for the local kids.
84. Host a neighborhood dog wash for local neighbors and their pets.
85. Decorate your bikes for a bike parade.
86. Have an outdoor dance party with your favorite tunes.
87. Get out the Slip n Slide!
88. Go on the hunt for bugs.
89. Make mud pies.
90. Have some fun in the sandbox.
91. Make an outdoor obstacle course.
92. Grab a stone stepping kit and make a cool garden stone.
93. Paint some old bricks and use them in your garden.
94. Have fun watching your shadows on the sidewalk. Make shadow puppets.
95. Attend a local baseball game.
96. Attend a local outdoor concert or music festival.
97. Add food coloring colored water to ice cube trays to make rainbow ice cubes.
98. Add food coloring to shaving cream to make fun body paint.
99. Turn an old box into a pirate ship, bus, or car.
100. Enjoy an old fashion sack race.
101. And if it gets hot enough…try frying an egg on the sidewalk.
See how much these is to do before you can call summer complete? Give these 101 activities a try!
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