How to Celebrate the Last Day of School

Our readers share their great ideas for marking the occasion.

Prepare for Summer

Backpack off to the side with two roller skates under the sun Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

Together, the kids and I make a list of fun things to do on their first day of summer break. Then from the list, I compile a surprise itinerary. Last year's was chocolate chip waffles for breakfast, playing in the park that afternoon, then ice cream and a beach walk at night. They still reminisce about their perfect day.

Anne Koch
Stevensville, MD

    Throw a Sweet Party

    We have a neighborhood s'mores-making party with fun fixings. It's a great way to start the summer.

    Shannon Dodds
    Eagle, CO

      Have a Water-Fun Fight

      All the moms in our neighborhood fill wagons with water balloons and water guns. We hide at the bus stop and ambush the kids as they get off!

      Nicole Merenda
      Andover, MA

        Skate in Summer

        My kids and I go roller-skating, since another year has skated by.

        Allison Cockrill
        Austin, AR

          Mark the Finish Line

          We hang a hand-painted "Welcome, Summer!" banner on our front porch. When the kids get out of school, they run right through it.

          Teresa R. White
          Canton, MI

            Give a Useful Gift

            For my 6-year-old, MaKenzie, I assemble a "welcome to summer" kit with outdoor toys and coupons for trips to a museum, the zoo, and the movies.

            Victoria Rizzi
            Indianapolis, IN

              Invite Friends Over

              We host a last-day-of-school sleepover party. The kids play flashlight tag and sleep in tents in our backyard. There's usually a whipped cream fight involved, too.

              Susie Christiansen
              Lenox, MI

                Leave a Trail of Surprises

                Before class gets out, I write chalk messages on the sidewalk all along the route to school. During the car ride home, my daughter reads them out: "Yahoo, school's out!" and "Summer's just a few steps away!"

                Daisha Chase
                Salem, OR

                  Hit the Open Road

                  We leave for a weekend getaway straight from school. Making it all the more exciting for my daughter is that she doesn't know where we're going.

                  Angela Chandler
                  Covington, LA

                    Turn up the Tunes

                    When we end a homeschool course, we play "Another One Bites the Dust," by Queen -- very loudly.

                    Lisa Klink
                    Milliken, CO

                      Set Up a Scavenger Hunt

                      My kids, Matthias, age 8, and Maddie, 11, go on a scavenger hunt when they get home. They both find summer toys, such as sidewalk chalk and jump ropes, at the end of it.

                      Cheyenne Allan
                      Wahiawa, HI

                        Share Vacation Plans

                        My husband and I reveal our summer vacation destination when our four kids get back from school. Each of them gets an envelope with a clue, and they have to work together to figure it out.

                        Amber Gabriel
                        Melbourne, FL

                          Begin a Countdown

                          We tear off the first link of our summer vacation countdown chain. Every few links has a special activity written on it: "hike," "drive-in movie," and so on. For the last day of school, it's always "ice cream sundaes."

                          Sherry Kelley
                          Coweta, OK

                            Originally published in the May 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.