August marks the beginning of the end of a summer that went by way too fast, but there is still so much to enjoy! Instead of getting down with the back-to-school blues, we have some great ways to keep the fun alive and get prepared for the next season.
Remember our blog about staycationing? The perfect way to keep the summer fun alive when school is back in session is a few weekend adventures. Denver is filled with so many exciting places to go and fun activities, weekend staycations never have to end!
Those Perfect Summer Nights
This summer has been brutally hot, but we’re finally starting to get those cool summer evenings we longed for. Enjoy the perfect summer evenings with drinks around the back patio, picnics in the park, or even hanging around a bonfire. The perfect way to spend a calm weekend night or wind down after a long day in the office or at school.
Family Meal Prepping
Back-to-school can mean time for some of the not as fun tasks, like planning meals and making lunches. Getting the kids involved can make this a family event, and maybe even a fun one! The kids get to feel part of the process (and maybe making a few choices for themselves will get them excited about a healthy lunch), and you get some bonding time in. Plus, get a two-for-one and prep your healthy lunches too!
Colorado offers endless places to camp, and there are many dispersed camping areas that don’t require reservations or permits. Last-minute camping trips are easy if you car-camp, and with so many camping spots near Denver, you can even just camp for one night for a fun overnight with family or friends!
One of the most exciting parts of going back to school is the new things! It’s so fun to shop for new outfits and gym clothes, notebooks, backpacks, and school supplies. It’s also the perfect opportunity to clean out the closet and get rid of things you (or the kids) no longer needs. There are lots of great places in Denver where you can donate things ready for a new home. Even if you don’t have kids, a little shopping and closet-purging is a great end-of-summer consolation prize.
Car & Home Maintenance
After road trips and endless trips to the mountains for hiking and camping, your car may be ready for some maintenance! Get a general check up for brakes and tires, change the oil, and clean out the back to make room for whatever sport or adventure is next! Home maintenance is important too. Finish up any summer projects you began, with school starting you might not find as much time to finish them up! The last warm months of the year are the perfect time to finish up home repair projects, especially outdoor ones.
Did you plant a garden this year? End of summer is usually harvesting time. Plan a big potluck or fun event with family and friends to enjoy the fruits of your labor (heh heh). Fresh fruits and veggies are wonderful, and if you didn’t get to gardening this year perhaps this will inspire next year’s urban farming venture!
How are you spending your August? Let us know, we’d love to hear your plans, adventures, and ideas!