5 Ways to Take Advantage of the Last Days of Summer

August is like the Sunday of months. It’s nice to keep relaxing in the warm summer breeze, but the fall is right around the corner. Before you and your family begin packing school lunches before bedtime and waking up at 6 a.m. daily, you should try to make the most out of the last few weeks of summer. Here are a few of Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing’s favorite tips on how to take advantage of the last days of summer:

Visit local events. Downtown Frederick is full of fun and free events for everyone in the family. Before waking up the kids, let Mom experience the tranquility of Sol Yoga’s Yoga on the Creek Thursday, Aug. 6. from 7 to 8 a.m. If yoga isn’t your forte, try Women’s Boot Camp on the Creek by Coaching Her on Fridays at 7:30 a.m. For some family fun, join Celebrate Frederick for Summerfest Family Theater on Thursdays at 10 a.m. or walk down to Carroll Creek for the farmer’s market on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. There is something for everyone in Downtown Frederick.

Take in a matinée. Going to the movie theater is a staple summer activity, but between candy and tickets, this family trip can get a bit pricey. For a less expensive show, select an afternoon show time. You can also visit MDL Holiday Cinemas on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $1 kids’ movies. Do not forget to ask about making it a combo pack with drinks and candy!

Turn your backyard into a maze. Instead of cutting the grass in its usual pattern, create a tall grass maze for your little ones to roam around in. It will encourage them to get outside and enjoy the summer weather before the snowfall. If you want to do something a little simpler, turn your backyard into a campground. Pitch a tent, grab some lanterns and snuggle up in some sleeping bags overnight. Just do not forget the bug spray! You can also do a daytime adventure by setting up a picnic, complete with a basket full of cheese trays, apple juice and crackers. Break out the red and white checkered blanket one last time before the school year begins.

Spend time outside. Even if you work 9 to 5, taking a break from work to be outside will help re-stimulate your senses and focus. Step outside for lunch or get up earlier in the morning to workout with the sunrise. You will be grateful you spent those little moments in the sun before the leaves start falling. If you are on a time crunch, you can also open the windows around your home and office. You can also tell your kids to swap out an hour of television time for an hour of outside play (so long as they have supervision). A nice summer breeze will always do the mind good.

Do absolutely nothing. This may seem counterproductive in the long run, but it may be the best way to enjoy the last few days of summer. Instead of spending your weekends running errands, sip on some tea and crack open a new book. Take the dogs for a crisp walk. Grab a quick nap in some shade. Light some candles and take a bubble bath. Before you begin adjusting your schedule to fit in practices, games and after-school tutoring sessions, take some time for yourself, and enjoy the nice weather.

As the breeze gets crisper and the leaves become orange, there are a lot of exciting transitions. A new school year means new opportunities for your kids in academics, arts and athletics, but everyone will miss the lazy days of summer until next year. Enjoy the last few weeks by catching a cheap movie, enjoying a family picnic or doing early morning yoga by the creek.