10 Ideas for End of Summer Fun

Do you need some things to do to stretch the last few weeks of summer? If you have already done all the typical summer activities like visiting the zoo, camping, going to the water park, etc., you may be asking what else is there to do? Even if the vacation fund is drained there are things to do without spending much, if any money. Doing something different, no matter how small, can make the best summertime memories.  Here are some ideas for for you to try:

  1. Take a night hike – Ever consider hiking in the dark? Make sure to check the lunar calendar and the forecast first. A full moon or at least a partial moon will give you enough light to see even if your flashlight should fail. For a little more fun turn your flashlight off on purpose and see how far you can go. Don’t forget to check the forecast though, a cloudy night might put you in the dark even during a full moon. You may also want to take a device, such as your cell phone, to collect sound samples. You may be surprised by what you can hear in the night. What a fun adventure especially if you go properly prepared and keep safety at the top of your list!


  1. Make homemade bug spray – Find a recipe that works for you either with oils or herbs (Find homemade recipes at www.theprairiehomestead). Have a fun time making it and have an even better time staying protected from the bugs!
  2. Go night swimming – light the torches and have a relaxing swim – no sunscreen required! Better yet, enjoy the time with friends. Tips for the The Perfect Post Dusk Swim Party.
  3. Make homemade ice cream – whether you use an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream maker or an easy to use electric one, making ice cream can turn into a fun family experience that will be remembered for years to come.
  4. Make homemade root beer – Then root beer floats!


  1. Feed the ducks – but don’t give them bread! Bread is not healthy for ducks and can even be harmful. But there are plenty of leftovers you can give to the ducks so you can have fun and feel good about it too! Ultimate List of Duck Treats
  2. Outdoor night games for kids – playing games is fun for kids at any time but there is something special about playing outdoors at night. Some games to play: Kick the Can, Flashlight Hide and Seek, Ghost in the Graveyard.
  3. Make a lemonade stand – it’s not about making money; it’s about having fun!


  1. Volunteer – find a place close to home where you can give back to your community.
  2. Find a drive-in movie or even better, create one in your backyard – hang up a white sheet, connect your laptop to a projector (for a fun cheap way you can make your own projector, see below).

Homemade projector

Items needed:
Small box
Magnifying glass
Cell phone
White sheet or garage door

Cut out a hole in the box the size of the magnifying glass. Put the magnifying glass in the hole and secure with tape. Place the phone in the box so that the screen faces the magnifying glass. The video should be playing upside down on the phone screen in order to project correctly. Point toward sheet or garage door to project!


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