Parenting Tips for Wrapping up Summer Break

Parenting Tips for Wrapping up Summer Break

Free and Fun Ways to Engage Your Kids! 

As the summer draws to a close, parents often find themselves trying to make the most of the remaining days and prepare their children for the new academic year. It can be a challenging time, but with some creativity and a few free and fun activities, you can end the summer break on a high note. In this blog post, we’ll explore some parenting tips to help you and your children make the most of the end of summer break, all while creating lasting memories. 

Movies in the Park

Keep an eye on the Cornelius PARC Department’s website and social media channels for outdoor movie screenings in local parks. Bring blankets or chairs, and enjoy a movie under the stars with the whole family.

Ramsey Creek Park

Located in nearby Cornelius, Ramsey Creek Park has a sandy beach area, playgrounds, and hiking trails. Spend a day by the lake, have a picnic, and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Spend quality time with your children in the great outdoors by organizing nature adventures. 

Birkdale Village

This shopping and dining district offers a vibrant atmosphere with fountains, green spaces, and events throughout the summer. Enjoy a family stroll, window shopping, and maybe even catch some live entertainment! 

Splashville Park

Located in nearby Huntersville, Splashville Park is a fantastic water play area perfect for hot summer days. Let the kids cool off and have a blast splashing around in the interactive fountains and water sprays. 

Davidson Farmers Market

Head to downtown Davidson on Saturday mornings to explore the local farmers market. You can find fresh produce, artisanal products, live music, and various activities for kids. 

DIY Craft Days

Get your creative juices flowing with DIY craft days at home. All that is needed is some basic art supplies like paper, colored pencils, glue, and scissors, and let your kid’s imagination take over. You can find numerous craft ideas online that require minimal cost but provide maximum fun. From making friendship bracelets to creating recycled art, there’s no shortage of activities to keep them engaged. 

Backyard Camping

Consider having a backyard camping experience! Set up a tent, roast marshmallows, and share campfire stories. Let the kids invite their friends! Backyard camping allows children and adolescents to experience the thrill of camping without leaving the comfort and safety of home. 

Movie Marathon

Host a movie marathon day with your kids where you can watch their favorite films together. Prepare some home made microwave or stovetop popcorn, snacks, and beverages for a true cinema experience. Afterwards, discuss the movies—this will foster meaningful conversations and bonding moments. 

Library Adventures

Take a trip to your local public library and encourage your children to explore various genres of books. Many libraries host storytelling sessions or other events during summer breaks, which are often free to attend. In addition, your child(ren) will learn many valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

Science Experiments

Kids of all ages love hands-on activities, especially when they involve exciting science experiments. Look up simple experiments using household items and conduct them together. Not only will they have a blast, but they’ll also learn valuable lessons in the process.  

Community Events

Keep an eye out for free community events in your area, such as concerts, festivals, or outdoor movie screenings. Participating in these events can introduce your children to various forms of art and culture while providing a chance to socialize with other families. 

Family Game Night

Gather the family for a fun game night with board games, card games, or even outdoor games like tag or hide-and-seek. Game nights promote healthy competition, teamwork, and, most importantly, loads of laughter. ..and why not make it a weekly occurrence?! 


Get your hands dirty and involve your children in gardening activities. Whether you have a large garden or just a few pots, gardening can be a rewarding and educational experience. Teach them about plants, caring for the environment, and the joy of watching things grow. There are many resources available to gather ideas!

As the summer break draws to a close, make the most of these precious moments with your children. Engaging in these free and fun activities not only strengthens the bond between you and your kids but also helps create beautiful memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. So, say farewell to summer break with a smile, knowing that you’ve made the most of every moment together.  

Happy parenting!