Best Ways to Spend the End of Summer — And How to Transition to Back-to-School

Summer is coming to a close and back-to-school season is just around the corner, so you might be wondering how to make the most of the time you have left at home with the kids. Here are some great ideas for things to do at the end of summer (and ways to make easing into the new school year a bit easier).

  • See a movie at the Dahlgren Theater. Check out a family-friendly movie at the Dahlgren Theater — upcoming movies include Spider-Man: Homecoming, Girls Trip and War for the Planet of the Apes.
  • Plan a picnic. Take advantage of the cooler days by planning a picnic at Barnesfield Park. Plan the perfect menu of picnic recipes, pack it all in a wicker basket and bring along your favorite old blanket to lay in the grass.
  • Go stargazing. Head out to a hillside and bring along a map of the night sky. Spend the evening picking out your favorite stars, constellations and other celestial bodies.
  • Plan out back-to-school lunches. Do a trial run of the new school lunches you might like to pack for your kids this year. Whether you want to try out healthy pasta salads or a new type of sandwich, you can have fun (and teach the kids the ins and outs of healthy meal planning) by working together to develop a new lunch menu.
  • Donate unworn clothes before back-to-school shopping. Before you go shopping for the kids' new clothes, go through their closets and make piles of items to donate. Have the kids try on their old jeans and too-small sweaters, and then take them to a local charity store before you hit the mall.

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