5 Great Ways to Say Goodbye to Summer

It may still be 90 degrees where you live but when August turns to September the swimming pools close, the ice-cream trucks stop coming around, and little ones start waking up early each day to go to school. Some parents welcome fall and the cool weather, holiday excitement, and return to a schedule it brings while others wish they could stretch the sweet, relaxing days of summer a little bit longer. No matter how you feel, summer is ending. Check out the five ways below to say a wonderful goodbye before fall officially begins.

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1. Hit the swimming hole before the weather turns

The pools may be closed but with the weather warm and the weekends long, take a drive to your local river or lake and let the kids splash around somewhere natural. Most areas have swimming-approved bodies of water but, if not, the kids will usually have just as much fun wading in a small stream as they will swimming in a big lake.

2. Have dinner at the park and watch the sunset

Picnics are fantastic fun for families. Pack what you happen to have in the kitchen (PB&Js, chips, or simple pasta dishes make great picnic fare) and head out to the park for a late dinner. Let your kids play as you take in the sunset. Push bedtime just a little bit later than usual to savor the end of the day and the season and reflect on all the summer fun you’ve had.

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3. Hold a backyard BBQ with all your summer favorites

One of the best parts of summer is the wonderful selection of hot-weather treats to enjoy. Before you pack up the ice-cream maker and the grill, hold one last backyard BBQ to celebrate the changing seasons. Keep it small with just your family, or invite neighbors and friends and call it a party. Grill hamburgers and hot dogs, make ice cream or popsicles, break out the lawn games and leftover sparklers from the 4th of July, and watch your kids play with glee!

4. Turn worn-out summer clothes into the next art project

When summer turns to fall and little ones head back to school most parents inventory their kids' clothes and shake their head with surprise when they realize that their little ones have outgrown nearly everything that fit at the beginning of summer. If the clothes are in good condition, hold them back for hand-me-downs or donate them. But if they're torn, worn, and almost ready to be tossed, get creative and let your kids use them for art or play instead. Perhaps the doll needs a new dress or the kids want to try out tie-dye. Let your kids take the lead and get creative.

5. Take one more mini-vacation to enjoy the whole family

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Even if your little ones aren’t in school yet, fall and winter somehow feel much busier than summer. Before you get back into your fall routine or start planning for the holidays, take one last mini-vacation with your family. Whether you head out of town or stick close (or even make it a staycation!) be sure to savor the moment.

So long summer! 

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5 Great Ways to Say Goodbye to Summer

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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