Yes, another summer is coming to a close — at least as far as school administrators are concerned. (Feeling bummed? Don’t fret: Fall offers plenty of opportunities to keep the fun going.) Before we launch full speed ahead into Autumn, we thought we’d take a look at the best times we had with the kids in the summer of 2017. Read on for our writers’ top picks, many of which will still be around after the school bell rings.

“Staying late at the playground! Love long summer days.”

— Bethany Quinn

“Played tourist in my hometown by taking the Circle Line to Ellis Island and lady liberty. Learned some NYC history, took in the sunshine and reminded myself of the struggles some people go through (including my own ancestors) to get to this special city.”

— Kim Sunshine

“Looking for crabs in the rock pools is always a hit with my kids – simple pleasures! In NYC, Governors Island and Museum of Food and Drink. Kids loved both.”

— Emily Myers

“Went to The Met!”

— Jesseca Stenson

“We spent half the summer at the awesome playground on Union Square. We love the sand pit and the huge space with abstract fixtures where kids can be creative and use them whichever way they want. My kid never gets tired of it, and it’s worth the ride from Midwood!”

—Yuliya Geikhman

Sabrina — she’s 3 — spent some time in Montauk this summer. She loves making sandcastles. Her dad and uncle dug a little hole for her to chill in. Don’t worry…it wasn’t deep!!”

—Rachel Sokol

“It’s hard to pick just one! Splashing at LeFrak Lakeside and boating in Prospect Park, watching the eclipse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, two visits to Governors Island and the awesome Junk Playground…and lots of ice cream.”

—Mimi O’Connor

What was your favorite family summertime activity? Share it in the comments! 

— Mimi O’Connor