Can you believe summer is already winding down? Fall is just around the corner, but before you pull out your coziest sweaters and start binge-drinking apple cider, make the most out of these last few weeks (or months, if you’re lucky) of warm weather! Check out Wetpaint Moms’ roundup of 10 things you absolutely have to do before summer is officially over!
1. Go to the beach.
If you're lucky enough to live on a coast, soak up as much shoreside sun as possible before the summer wraps up. The clock's ticking on that natural tan, ladies! Oh, and the beach is a great way to spend the day with your entire family.
2. Read a mindless romance novel.
There's nothing more relaxing than sitting on the porch with a mojito, enjoying a cool summer breeze (from your portable fan, of course), and diving into a "guilty pleasure" novel. We're thinking Fifty Shades of Grey, or something that you're slightly less embarrassed to be seen with in public.
3. Go crazy making popsicles.
In case you couldn't tell by our epic roundup, we're crazy about popsicles — and now's the time to make them. They're a breeze to whip up from the comfort of your kitchen, your kids will love coming up with new and fantastic flavors, and they're a great way to enjoy dessert on the cheap!
4. Take advantage of summer sales.
Need a fashion fix? Now's the time to put your mommy duties on hold and hit the racks for summer close-out sales. We guarantee that your favorite stores are selling their goods for a fraction of their original price, so spoil yourself silly in the name of summer! Oh, and you can probably nab a few back-to-school wardrobe staples for your kids while you're at it.
5. Go on a hike.
Take advantage of the good weather by taking a walk in Mother Nature with your family. You can encourage the kids to bring a journal and draw pictures of the cool plants and animals that they spy with their little eyes, and you can even pack a picnic! Which brings us to ...
6. Have a picnic in the park.
Sometimes going on a family adventure can be as simple as packing up your favorite snacks and hauling them over to your local park or botanical gardens. Your kids can play on the playground while you relax in the shade and enjoy the gorgeous warm weather. Check out our ultimate picnic menu for some suggestions for noms!
7. Nab tickets to an outdoor concert.
Most summer music festivals have already taken place, but chances are your town will have at least one more outdoor concert or play, whether it's a symphony, Shakespeare in the park, or a gig from one of your favorite bands. There's nothing more fun than spreading a blanket out on the ground and watching an outdoor performance with your husband and a bottle of wine!
8. Organize a block party.
Now's the perfect time of year to get in touch with your neighbors and throw a killer block party potluck. Each family can be in charge of making a dish, you can set up chairs, umbrellas, and activities for the kiddos, and everyone gets chance to socialize as a community before the bad weather sets in. Plus, this is a great opportunity to introduce your children to local kids in the neighborhood for future play dates.
9. Take advantage of your local public pool.
The public pool will only be open for a few more weeks, so you might as well pack up your swimsuits and head over for a day of wet ‘n' wild fun with your family! Public pools are a great resource for kids in the summer (especially if the prospect of going to the beach is too daunting), and the best part? They're completely free!
10. Throw a backyard BBQ bash.
Nothing beats a barbecued dinner (think of the hot dogs!), but tragically it's almost time to put away your grilling tongs. The good news? You have a few more precious weeks before it becomes too cold outside to grill, so take advantage of the decent weather and throw one last backyard BBQ party with your friends and family!