With Labor Day and back to school on the horizon, summer is slowly coming to a close. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your family activities this August. Get ready for family fun because we’ve rounded up 31 fun things to do with the family this last month of summer.

1. Pencils, binders, notebooks, oh my! Get your back-to-school supply shopping done now so you’ll be ready when school starts.

2. Go fly a kite at your local park.

3. August 16 is National Tell a Joke Day. These jokes will have you and your kiddos laughing up a storm.

4. While the kiddos are still home from school, have a family movie night for every remaining night of summer. Here are a few movie suggestions to get you started.

5. Get your camera ready for the first day of school photos. From DIY props and photo frames, here are a few cool ideas for your pictures.

6. Try out a new recipe for a few nights a week during August. Need some inspiration? Here are 50+ easy summer recipes.

7. Start back-to-school shopping with these awesome online consignment stores.

8. Practice random acts of kindness. Need some ideas? Here are 76 ways you and the kids can pay it forward.

9. Set up an ice cream sundae bar to make a Friday night feel special. 

10. Order new books from a black-owned independent bookstore

photo: Photo by Tina Floersch on Unsplash

11. Have outdoor fun. We've got 18 ideas to inspire imaginations.

12. Schedule your family eye exams. If it turns out your little one needs glasses, these online stores will have you seeing great deals.

13. Start a new back to school tradition. From a show and tell dinner on the first night to interviewing your young scholar, here are 21 ideas to inspire your family traditions.

14. Don’t throw away your empty egg cartons. Get crafty with these 20 creative ideas.

15. Have outdoor fun. We've got 18 ideas to inspire imaginations.

16. Go birding with our printable scavenger hunt.

16. Make homemade popsicles

17. If it's too hot outside, have fun with one of these indoor activities

18. Go beyond FaceTime and text messaging by writing actual letters to family and friends. Get some cute stationery and don’t forget the stamps.

19. Aug. 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Bake cookies together and deliver them to neighbors for the occasion.

20. Have a few family dinner nights where the kids pick the meal you and you chose the conversation.

photo: courtesy Little Global Citizens

21. Have a yes day with your kids.

22. Have a toy car wash. Or better yet, have a real carwash. Nothing thrills a kid like an afternoon spent with a shop vac and a spray bottle

23. Take a long drive to somewhere that's not your neighborhood. 

24. Check out some cool virtual music services for kids

25. Learn how to draw Spiderman

photo: iStock

26. Start a DIY woodworking project the whole family can tackle. 

27. Learn a new magic trick. Here are seven easy tricks just for kids.

28. Learn about a different culture (and make a meal to match!)

29. Check-in with grandparents that live out of town or are still staying home. 

30. Paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

31. Explore a new park with the right social distancing tools.

—Gabby Cullen with Leah Singer

Featured image: iStock 



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