1. Let your kids play in the rain.
2. Go on a hike.
3. Go to a park you’ve never been to. Better yet, find the nearest National Park and visit it. There are usually multiple within a day’s drive. Plus, they’re a national park for a reason–they’re pretty incredible! This year the NPS turns 100 and there are events all year long.
4. Go to an outdoor event – ballet under the stars, outdoor movie, etc.
5. Backyard picnic for all three meals. My kids think this is awesome and there’s less mess to clean up.
6. Outdoor reading time. Give them each a blanket and tell them to find a shady spot.
7. Set up a lemonade stand on a Saturday afternoon. My kids love this idea and it lets their little entrepreneur spirits be inspired.
8. Go for a spur-of-the moment getaway. Maybe you haven’t seen great-grandma in a while, or a friend who lives in another town. Maybe you can do an overnight trip.
9. Road trip down a local scenic highway at sunset.
10. Find a place to watch the sunset and the stars come out
11. Camp out (even if its just in the backyard).
12. Pick out that one classic book to read aloud these last couple of weeks. We’re reading Tom Sawyer.
13. Let go of the guilt of not doing everything on your summer to-do list.
14. Send your kids bug hunting/leaf finding/bird watching with an identifier book and pencil and sketchbook.
15. Visit a farm
16. Let your kids paint outside on a canvas
If you’re on Instagram, I’d love to see some of your pics and cheer you along as you end summer well–just use #simplifyandpursue and I’ll be looking for them. Also, be sure to follow along the Simplify & Pursue Back to School Series. More posts to come about kids clothes, what to do with all those school papers, and more!