Here are our Top 10 suggestions to mark the end of the school year!
1. Last Day of School Dinner Out
It's a celebration for everyone, so no cooking tonight! Pick the kids up from school and treat everyone to a special night out! Let the kids pick a family favourite and kick back and relax. It's a treat for you too after all those lunches you've been packing all year long!
2. End of School Party
For the brave hearted, invite some friends over for an afterschool extravaganza. Set up some simple games, and have lots of easy treats on hand like popsicles and cut up fruit to provide fuel for the games! An end of the year water balloons or a water squirter fight is a really fun tradition! Invite neighbours and school friends to celebrate together and ask everyone to bring a snack!
3. Make a Summer Reading Train
First, make a list of some new books that you and your child would like to read together. Next, go shopping at the local bookstore or library. Continuing to read all summer long will help avoid summer learning loss and make this Reading Train to "track" just how many books you've read!
4. Write a Summer Family Bucket List
Want to visit the Zoo? Beach? Canada's Wonderland? Eat a new flavour of ice cream, go swimming in a lake or how about camping? Make a list (like this one of 50 Summer Ideas for Preschoolers) of what your family wants to do this summer and have fun crossing it off all summer long.
5. Make a Photo Book Together
Do you have tons of photos from school field trips, concerts and even graduation? Take some special photos with friends on the last day and then gather the photos from throughout the whole year to create a special online photo book. You can even make one to email to your teacher!
6. Gift your Child a Summer Essentials Bucket
Fill a sand bucket with some summer essential items like new sunglasses, skipping rope, bubbles, a mini water gun, sidewalk chalk etc. Leave it by the front door so that your kids will see it when they get home on that last day!
7. Check for End of the Year Events in your Community
Several retailers, malls and entertainment locations host fun end of the school year events. We love this fun Glow in the Dark Spa and Dance Party hosted by Glama Gals Spa on the last day of school!
8. Secret Park Adventure
Pack up a picnic and head to a park or waterpark that you've never gone to before! Create a sense of adventure and suspense by making a map or even leaving clues that morning! Be sure to check your local momstown community for the best waterparks in your neighbourhood! Remember to pack the sunscreen!
9. Donate School Supplies
Now that school is over, make it an end of the year tradition to pack up some school supplies for a child in need. We love sending supplies overseas or even to your local food bank or donation centre. Instilling a sense of giving back is a great new family tradition!
10. Make a Lemonade Stand
Nothing says the start of summer like selling lemonade on the street! Set up a very cool stand with these creative lemonade stand ideas and learn all about business as you decide on the price, make signs together and even count money!