11/26/16 8/22/13 POPSUGAR Moms Food and Activities Fun Summer Activities For Kids 10 Last-Minute "Musts" For Summer 2013! August 22, 2013 by Emily Bibb 251 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow It's hard to believe that another school year is starting! Before the mornings get (even more) hectic and the weekends are packed, be sure to end August with some memorable "Summer only" activities. Whether it's heading to the beach for one last time or celebrating their last weekend of "freedom" with a backyard camping night, we have 10 musts that will end the Summer on a high note. 1. Make S'mores Some of the best Summer memories can be made around a campfire. If you have a fire pit or access to one, let the kids roast s'mores. After everyone is fed and full, tell stories and share in some good laughs. No fire? Try one of these s'mores-inspired treats. Source: Flickr user Barjinder S. 2. Take a Hike Before the weather cools off, head outdoors with a local hike. A scenic stroll is just the way they can get their energy out and explore good ol' Mother Nature. It's the perfect opportunity for teaching them about plants and flowers, too. Source: Flickr user courosa 3. Plant a Garden Get outside and get gardening. Starting a garden is a great way to teach the kiddos about fresh food and get them cooking later on. Between the watering and the weeding, a garden will keep them occupied well into the Fall, too. If all goes as planned, they'll have a pumpkin come October! Source: Sweet Happy Life 4. Head to the Beach If you live on a coast, nothing beats a day at the beach. End Summer by packing these essentials for the babe, and let the tots play in the sand. Just don't forget the sunscreen! Source: Flickr user MikeHenryPhoto 5. Visit a Museum Get them in the back-to-school mind-set with a museum visit. Whether it's to a children's exploratorium or an art exhibit, there are often kid-friendly zones that allow them to ask questions and explore for hours. Source: Flickr user yourdchotels 6. Camp in Your Backyard No Summer is complete without a night of backyard camping. Pitch a tent, make s'mores, and tell campfire stories — no worry of bears necessary! Source: Flickr user annalea hart 7. Bring the Water Park Home Oh the slip 'n' slide! Whether you choose to homemake one with plastic sheeting or purchase one ($20), no child will turn this activity down. Turn your yard into a mini water park by adding pool toys and turning on the sprinklers. Source: Wendy Updegraff Photography homemake one with plastic sheeting or $20 from wemadethat.blogspot.com Buy Now purchase one $20 from amazon.com Buy Now 8. Make a Summer Treat End Summer on a sweet note by making a few cold treats. Popsicles are easy to make, and they'll love seeing the outcome of homemade ice cream — all you need is a Ziplock bag! Source: Flickr user smichaelson 9. Tour Your Local University Before the students (including your own) head back to school, take a trip to your local university. College campuses are filled with history found in libraries, landmarks, and exhibits. Make it a day trip by packing lunch and having a picnic on the campus quad. Source: Flickr user CALBlueCamp 10. Have an Outdoor Movie Night Grab the popcorn and head outdoors. If you own a projector, you can make your own movie screen. You can also check online to see if your town hosts its own "movie in the park." Source: Flickr user 'J' Food And ActivitiesSummer ActivitiesOutdoor ActivitiesSummerBack To SchoolKid Crafts Stay Sane and SavvyWith Our Moms Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you Activities and Recipes Parenting Humor Parenting News New Moms Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.