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Fun Ways to Welcome Summer

Ready to kiss the school year goodbye? For the working world, the end of the school year may not seem so significant, but to parents of school-aged kids, it’s everything! Say goodbye to signing folders every night, and checking homework. No more late night trips to the grocery store for more lunchbox provisions, or spending your weekend making the best Jurrasic age diorama you can think up. No more PTA fundraisers that leave you pulling your hair out, because your kids waited until the day before the fundraiser ended to tell you that they needed to sell 100 chocolate bars. If you’re ready to ditch the routines, we’re with ya! Here are some super fun ways to welcome summer vacation with your family.

Kick bedtime to the curb! Well, maybe for the first couple of weeks of summer break, anyway. Let the kids stay up past their regular school night bedtimes. That means that you might get to go out for dinner as a complete family unit after 6:30 pm, instead of scrambling to get everyone home and to the dinner table by 5:00, so you can have the youngest child in bed by 7:30. On the nights that you just don’t want to have to worry about dinner, try the good old slow-cooker! Throw some baby back ribs into the slow cooker with a bottle of BBQ sauce and a liter of coke or Dr. Pepper. Set it low and slow, letting it cook away all day, and you’ll have a delicious meal ready to serve whenever your family gets around to eating that night. Don’t forget to stock up on clean up essentials like Dawn dish detergent and Cascade dishwasher packs. Get all of your household products in one shopping trip at Target. Right now, you can save $5.00 when you spend $50.00.

Plan on taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be some grand cross-country adventure. Just plan a simple trip with the family. Maybe you can spend a couple of nights camping in a nearby RV Park or at a local state park. A lot of parks have designated tent camping areas, RV camping space, as well as cabins that can be rented. If your family is really outdoorsy and loves to camp, tent camping would be a lot of fun. RV camping is the way to go if your family wants a little taste of home life out in the open air. For those who want to be surrounded by nature, but still want a roof over their heads, renting a small cabin would be a great way to test the waters of the camping world. You don’t want to plan a camping trip without the necessary camping essentials. You can find all of the gear you need for camping at Bass Pro. Plus, you can receive a $10 Bass Pro Promo Gift Card On orders of $50.00+.

Go to a sporting event. Take the family out to the ballgame! Splurge on tickets to a MLB game in your area, or even a minor league game. Depending on where you live, Little League might even be big in your area. Spending a day at the ballpark can be nostalgic for mom and dad, and a lot of fun for the kids. Go all out and buy souvenirs, and stadium snacks during the game.

Take advantage of movies in the park. Many towns show free movies in their local parks on Friday nights during the summer. Keep a schedule of the movies playing close at hand, so you’ll know which ones you won’t want to miss out on. Make sure that you have some lawn chairs or a nice oversized blanket that you can bring along to sit on. Bring along some snacks to share.

There are so many fun ways to usher in summer. What are some of your summer traditions?