Just because school is back doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! There are plenty of activities to keep the fun going. Mom Central CEO Stacy DeBroff teamed up with Wet Ones, maker of antibacterial hand wipes, to share the below tips on how families can extend summer fun well into the school year:
- Plan a Weekend Adventure: Family vacations often prove the highlight of the summer for many kids. So instead of fall weekends filled with errands and yard work, try to carve out day trips or weekend getaways and instill a fun summer vibe into your adventures. Go in search of an indoor water park, plan a family outing to a favorite lake or beach, and keep the BBQ grill going for fun dinners on the patio!
- Host a Summer-Themed Get-Together: Take a breather from the hectic fall season and host a neighborhood get-together with a summer theme. Fire up the grill, enjoy a picnic potluck, and organize a backyard volleyball game. Or, for kids with fall birthdays, create a party with a summer flair — have kids wear tropical colors, decorate a cake with colorful flowers and palm trees, and offer beach balls as party favors.
- Extend Play Time: The weeks start getting jam packed with homework and after-school activities that we sometimes forget to schedule down time for our kids. Whether it's play dates with school friends or running around the playground while the weather is still warm, incorporate fun activities for kids giving them breaks from their busy school routine.
- Create Summer Lunch Fun: Aside from packing sandwiches and fruits for lunch this fall, try surprising kids with some of their favorite meals that remind them of summer. Whether it's fresh watermelon slices, corn on the cob, BBQ sliders or even star spangled banner shaped cookies, children will get an awesome throwback of fun summer memories right in the cafeteria.
- Recognize That You’re Not Alone: Sometimes life doesn't always go as planned and we run into "sticky situations." Check out our Wet Ones’ eBooklet and learn from the wisdom and experience of fellow moms, as well as teachers, on life's back-to-school lessons.