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Labor Day Fun: Best Activities That Will Make The End of Summer A Blast!





In some areas of the country school has already started. Still, the summer fun doesn't have to end right away, as the Labor Day weekend is a great way to spend those final moments of fun with your family.


I’ll talk about some of the things you can do with your kids during Labor Day in my post. This way you can make memories, get closer to each other, and enjoy the good weather before Fall fully sets in!


Top 15 Activities to Do With Your Kids During The End of Summer:


My kids and I love to do all sorts of things both indoors and outdoors! Hopefully, I can help give you some fun ideas here:


1. Cookout


A cookout is a classic labor day activity. Families all over the country get out their grills and make fresh food for their friends and loved ones over the weekend. You can join in on the fun too and invite everyone you are close with to eat hotdogs, hamburgers, and roast marshmallows. You can even set off some sparklers at the end of the night for a little extra excitement!


2. Take a Road Trip


Road trips can bring your whole family closer and let you explore different parts of the country state by state. Also, the extra day off during the weekend is a great time to sightsee and visit some exciting attractions.


I recommend planning your trip ahead. There is a lot that you will want to see and experience. You can also have your kids plan your route with you. This way they feel extra involved with your trip!

3. Hike


There is no better way to enjoy the end of summer than with a nice family hike. Going into nature is relaxing and healthy for the mind and body. It’s also an ideal way to destress right before the school year. Nature has a special way of making us sit back and appreciate all the good things in our life. In my opinion, introducing your children to nature is one of the best parts of being a parent!


You should definitely consider bringing snacks and water if you plan on hiking for more than an hour or two. Also, be mindful of your kids if you are walking on a more difficult trail. You don’t want them to get too exhausted.


4. Camp


I’ve found that camping can be a great way to get closer to your kids and even further into nature. While camping isn’t an activity that every family will enjoy, I highly recommend trying this activity out during the labor day weekend.


Whether you decide to put up some tents in your backyard or take a trip to a nearby national park, camping can be a great chance to have fun and teach your kids survival skills and other useful tips. You can also do a lot of other fun activities while camping, from roasting marshmallows to making a fire pit.


5. Go to An Amusement Park


Kids love amusement parks, and during the end of the summer, this could be one of the best ways to conclude your labor day weekend! There are all kinds of amusement parks you can visit from Disney World to Six Flags. You can even hit up a water park if the weather gets really hot.


It’s true that amusement park trips can get expensive, but there are some cheaper options available and some deals during this time of the year. I recommend choosing a park that is within your price range and near your home.


6. Go Shopping


The end of the summer is the perfect time to catch labor day sales and other seasonal sales. You can find great deals on decor, clothes, toys, electronics, and many other products that your kids love! This time of the year is also the best time to get school shopping done.


Back-to-school shopping can be a lot of fun for your kids. They might not be ready to start school just yet. Picking out brand-new school supplies and seeing what they will need for the upcoming academic year can be exciting!


7. Take a Beach Trip


Just imagine it, an ocean breeze, the smell of salt in the air, and sandy shorelines that go on for miles. A trip to the beach is sure to make everyone in your family happy. You might have to drive up to the shore or take a short flight to reach a beach. Still, it is definitely worth the travel time to head out to the beach during labor day!


8. Go to The Movies or Have A Movie Night


It’s not summer without a movie night at our house. On those final days of summer, why not make a trip to the movie theater to see the latest blockbuster hit? You can visit your local cinema with your family and get a big bucket of popcorn along with some other classic movie snacks.


If you want to make your movie night extra special, see if there is a drive-in movie theater near your house. Drive-in movies can be a lot of fun for everyone in your family.


Another suggestion is to make your own outdoor movie theater in your backyard. You’ll need to wait till the sky gets dark and it's a little cooler out. You can gather up blankets, pillows, and other comfortable seats to make a backyard theater. Bring a projector and screen outside and string up some lights to create a more magical ambiance.


9. Go on A Bike Ride


Labor Day is the perfect time for a bike ride. Not only will the weather be good, but everyone in your family can take this chance to explore nature and exercise a little. Some families have enough bikes for everyone to go out and enjoy the sunshine. If you need extra bikes, do a little bit of research online.


There are tons of local bike companies in large and small towns. They should offer rentals for families and other people that want to enjoy biking over the Labor Day weekend.


10. Play Board Games


Board games and other card games can help your family press the pause button on life and have a little bit of competitive fun. You probably have a favorite board game in mind when you plan a family game night.


Why not try out some new games during the Labor Day weekend? There are all kinds of family-friendly games that can be found online or at your local store. So, definitely give this activity a go!


11. Have an Ice Cream Tasting


Kids love ice cream, especially during the summer when it gets hot and sticky out. You can go to your local ice cream shops and pick up a few different cones to taste test different ice cream flavors. You can also have an ice cream tasting in your home. Buy a few different pints of ice cream so everyone can mix and match the best flavors in their bowls!


12. Go to The Pool


If the beach is too far away, then why not go to the pool? Most pools stay open until the end of labor day so, this could be your last chance to take a dip in the water before it closes up during the fall.


There are tons of pool activities that your kids will enjoy and you can even invite their friends and other family members to join you.


13. Have a Picnic


You can pack a special meal and head out to the park with your whole family. Picnics let you enjoy nature and the good weather. Definitely bring a few blankets and enough water and juice so everyone can stay hydrated. I also recommend setting out your food and other supplies under a bit of shade too, that way no one gets overheated.


14. Read a Book


This definitely isn’t something that all kids will enjoy. Still, I think that reading a good book under the sun can be a lot of fun even if you have young kids. Finding the right book can be hard, but if you find a story that can hook them, you can teach them to love reading early on.


Try picture books with younger kids. This way they can better imagine the story. If you have older kids, try reading the book in an exciting way with different voices. You can even take turns reading out loud to get them more involved.


15. Bake Some Sweet Treats


Finally, if you want some sweet treats but don’t want to buy them, why not bake them yourself? Baking is another amazing way for your family to get closer and bond. While your kitchen might get a little messy, there is nothing better than eating warm and gooey cookies and other baked goods together with your family.


There are a lot of other options available, I recommend looking online for recipes and ideas that will please your taste buds and have your kids excited to help out.


Final Thoughts on Labor Day Fun


Your kids probably aren’t ready to go back to school quite yet. I know my kids want it to stay summer forever. There is still plenty of time to have a little Labor Day fun and bond before the new academic year begins again. Hopefully, some of the activities I listed and talked about will bring the whole family closer! Really, there is so much you can do. These were just a few ideas to help get you started on your Labor Day plans.




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