How to enjoy the last of summer with your family

Hard to believe it but the school year is already upon us once again! My husband Jay and I were able to participate in our daughter’s first-day experience as she begins a new year as a kindergartener in a new school, all very exciting, all a little nerve-racking for Reagan (and us parents!) alike. While it is an exciting time I know we are all a little sad to see summer go and want to still make the most of it before the seasons really start to change. Reagan and I have come up with some great ideas of things parents and their kids can do together after school or on the weekends to make the most of the rest of their summertime:


Take a day trip Many people have already gone of their family vacation for the summer but that doesn’t mean a little weekend getaway is out of the cards! Whether you head to the mountains or simply pack a picnic and head to one of the great parks around Colorado, a day trip is a great time to have with your whole family.


Volunteer together – There are so many great organizations in Denver that could use a few extra helping hands before the weather gets too cold. Check online to find a place that suits both you and your kids and help make a positive impact on our community.


Find a free event to attend – Denver has so many great events for the family that are FREE to attend. A great website I like to check out to see what is coming up is or which both compile great lists on a weekly basis so you will always be in the know of when great free activities are around.


Get some yard time in – It isn’t cold yet and there is still plenty to do outside! If you haven’t already planted a garden it isn’t too late, we still have plenty of months ahead to enjoy some beautiful colors of a garden (this is a really fun thing to do with your kids!).


Go camping (as close as your backyard) – You can head to the mountains to have one last camping trip or you can even set up shop in your backyard! Set up the tent, have your kids invite some friends over and make sure to have some yummy snacks like popcorn and s’mores for the whole gang.


Enjoy an outing to the zoo or a museum – Your kids might already be heading out on some field trips but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go to one of the great museums or the Denver zoo with your family.


Make sure to spend some quality time with your kids before they head back to school. I know it is nice to get time back and some parents count down the days before their kids return to the classroom. But every day with your kids is a blessing, because they won’t be kids forever!