Time goes by quickly. In a blink of an eye, your child is an adult. Take the time to embrace the daily triumphs. The memories will last a lifetime.
The end of every school year is a milestone in your child’s life. Not to mention, you deserve personal recognition for your hard work too. School schedules are sometimes hectic with last-minute snacks, homework help, field trips, parent-teacher conferences, fundraisers, and on some days simply getting your child to school on time.
When the last day of school arrives, celebrate. Scheduling conflicts may not allow your celebration to occur exactly on the last day, still, take the time to recognize the accomplishment. The celebration can be a simple family dinner with a special dessert to a large party with your child’s friends.
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If you are uncertain how to celebrate the end of the school year, ask your child for input. Often your child’s idea may be something you would have never thought about as a fun way to celebrate. If you need inspiration, check out the following for ideas to celebrate the last day of school.
- Special homemade family dinner (let your child pick the meal)
- Go out to eat.
- Bake a celebration cake.
- Make breakfast for dinner.
- Family game night.
- Plan a trip to the local bookstore to purchase books for summer reading.
- Host a backyard BBQ
- Pool party (if the weather permits)
- Backyard beach party
- Harry Potter theme party
- Comic book, Star Wars, princess, or other theme parties
- End of the school year theme party
- Trip to the local ice cream shop
- Spa day (This is a favorite with teens. Summer haircut, new nail color, or facial).
- Create a sundae bar in your kitchen. (Banana splits with all the toppings are a great way to celebrate).
- Make root beer floats.
- Pizza party
- Video game night
- Outdoor games party
- Go to a local, state, or federal park. (Don’t forget the picnic basket)
- Scavenger hunt
- Movie night
- Slumber party
- Picnic in your own backyard.
- Host a bonfire.
- Plan a trip to an amusement park.
- Attend a major or minor league baseball game or other sporting events
- Water balloon “fight” or other water-related activities.
- Hang a banner. (Small gestures have a major impact on your child).
- A card with a gift certificate to your child’s favorite place.
- Visit an art gallery or museum.
The end-of-school-year celebrations are a fun way to acknowledge a year of hard work. Have fun and enjoy summer vacation.