Glorious summertime is slowly coming to an end. It’s bittersweet as we kiss those long, lazy days goodbye in exchange for school supplies, new shoes and early alarm clocks. My little girl begins preschool this school year, so I’m getting my first taste of the back to school rush. However, I’m not quite ready for summer to end, especially considering that there is still officially one more month of the season left to enjoy. Since my little one is heading to school, I’ve put together a list of ‘End of Summer’ Family Fun Ideas so that we can squeeze out every last ounce of summer fun! Plan a Picnic for Dinner Organizing a simple summer picnic is both enjoyable and affordable. Check out great picnic tips from Real Simple Magazine. Spread out a quilt, slice up some watermelon, make a few great sandwiches and kiss summer goodbye with a last family picnic either in your own backyard or a local park. Organize a Family Fun Outing Just because summer is ending, doesn’t mean you can’t scratch a few field trips off of that bucket list. Check out this great blog post from KC Edventures on family activity ideas. I love the list of recommended follow up activities, like asking the kiddos to draw a picture representing their favorite part of the trip. I plan to take my daughter to our local aquarium for one last summer memory. Make a Goodbye Summer and Hello School Chart The end of summer doesn’t always have to be a bummer. I may be weird but, when I was a kid, I loved going back to school! I found this great Goodbye Summer and Hello School Chart on Pinterest. What a perfect idea to help your children focus on the positive aspects of heading back to school! Host an ‘End of Summer’ Neighborhood Luau The conclusion of summer is the ideal excuse to gather all of your neighbors and friends together for one last soiree. Heading back to school can be busy, so a potluck is an easy solution that will keep you out of the kitchen for hours. Provide stylish décor, like this palm leaf inspired pallet from Pinterest, and let the neighborhood stock the bar and bring appetizers and desserts. Kiss summer farewell under the glow of tiki torches for an amazing ending to America’s favorite season! Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy end of summer and start to the new school year!