I know you don’t want to hear this… but summer is officially more than halfway over. In just a few short weeks Labour Day will have come and gone, the kids will be back in school and the leaves will start to turn. Which means it’s time to truly appreciate the time we have left and get through your summer fun to-do list. Here are five things to do before summer comes to an end.  


  1. Have a backyard party

If you’re like me, you spend most of your spring and the early part of summer saying “we should have you over for a barbeque” to friends and family. Now is your chance to actually do it. With only a few weekends of summer left you’re not going to be able to have one-on-one dinner parties with everyone, so why not invite everyone over at once and have a big summer blowout? Keep things casual, make it a potluck, and catch up with everyone over a burger and a drink or two.  


  1. Take a mini-trip

No matter where you live, there’s probably something worth visiting an hour or two’s drive away. Pack your family up in the car and go out exploring. Whether it’s just going out for a day to visit a kitschy museum in a small town or out to a lake for some camping, you don’t have to go far to find a summer escape.  


  1. Go to a festival

Summertime is festival time and depending on where you live, there are probably still some festivals to catch before summer is over. Whether you like music, food, theatre or cultural experiences, do some digging to find a festival that works for you or your family.  


  1. Get wet

If you haven’t even taken your bathing suit out of the drawer this summer, now’s the time to do it. Go to your local outdoor pool, run through the sprinkler, raft down the river or take a trip to the nearest lake. There’s no better way to cool off in the summer heat.  


  1. Indulge in summer foods

The stores are bursting with seasonal summer fruit — be sure to eat some (bake it into a pie if you’d like) before it disappears. This is also your chance to try making homemade ice cream, use the barbeque to cook something you haven’t tried before, make popsicles and have big picnic salads for dinner. Before you know it it will be stew and pot roast season and you’ll be missing those backyard burgers and potato salads. If you don’t feel like cooking, go out and have a drink and a plate of nachos on a restaurant patio or visit your local ice cream parlour.


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