Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Arghh... Summer's Almost Over...

Ahhh...the relaxing summer time...schedules possibly less stressful and hectic (or more). Vacations, warm (or sizzling) summer evenings.  Though by August most become over-shadowed by the daunting (or exciting) thought of school resuming.  When my kids were young I was sad when summer came to an end.  Then through the middle years, I have to admit it brought me secret delight to having my kids shipped off to someone else for quite a few hours a day... if just to reduce the squabbling, entertainment issues, and to actually finish something around the house.  But since my kids are getting older, as teenagers, it brings me back to the thought that these days are numbered as they make plans for after-school activities, friends, summer or after school jobs, and eventually college, makes me sad that summer is coming again to a close. 

We usually kick off the summer with a "Let Summer Begin"party...but it can be equally fun to have a "Out with a Bang"--Summer party.  In our city, they do a fireworks display every Labor Day weekend- an end of summer party for the city.  To start a tradition in your neighborhood and beat the "summer-time ending" blues, work on a end of summer party with your kids.  You could host it at your house or just on your street or at a local park.  You could plan it like a carnival, or have stations or just let the kids mill around and have some fun activities set up or games they could play.  Water is usually pretty fun thing in the scorching August temps...so be sure to include some water fun activities.  If you have access to a public or private pool, that would be a wonderful locale...just be sure to plan to have your own life guards to help watch the kids!

Some ideas to get you started planning:
Simple Fun Kid Parties (theme ideas and links)
Kaboose-Summer Party-games
Family Fun Summer Games
Party Game Central-Kids games
Party Game Central-Outdoor Games
Party Game Central-Pool/Water Games

Ideas and Suggestions welcome!!


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