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Here in Ontario, Canada, we’re enjoying the waning days of summer. If it’s summer-time where you are, how is the season treating you and your family? Has it been easy-breezy or is the absence of routine causing strife and chaos in the family home?
This hasn’t been a typical summer for me. There was a long recovery process from surgery, a lot of work, work, work to follow and then a wee bit of play in between – some of it with my kids and friends, some by myself and some with my partner when he’s around.
Now that it’s mid-August, I’m looking at the calendar wondering how I might wedge in some more summer-time fun with my children before they head back to school. The humidity has finally dissipated (thank you, Lord!), the days are shorter and there’s a chill in the air at night…I’d better grab a last slice of summer while I can.
Here are a few “cheap and cheerful” ways to spend these waning days with your flock:
- Head to the beach with a book, umbrella and some sandwiches
- Have a picnic in your backyard
- If it’s raining, have a picnic in your basement or porch
- Visit your local library and start a family book club
- Play old-school board games
- Use your voice-enhanced device like Alexa to play new-school games (there are a lot of fun options such as Song Quiz and Escape the Room!)
- Check out previously-unexplored neighbourhoods in your region (we have a Little Italy, a Little India, a Jewish area, a “J-Town”, a China Town)
- Watch your local soccer or baseball team play a game
- Find a new splash pad, playground or community pool to try
- Learn to play tennis at the local court
- Set up a scavenger hunt in the park
- Visit local food/cookie factories that allow the public in
- Challenge yourselves to visit as many local hiking trails as possible before September
I’d love to know if you try out any of these ideas; leave a comment below and let me know how your summer’s been treating you and your family and what you’re planning until the school bell rings once again.