The time is almost here: Your recent high school graduate is heading to college next month. You’ve spent less and less time with them as they’ve grown more independent. While most of your summer together has been spent preparing for moving day, it’s also a perfect time to take a break, enjoy their company, reconnect and make a few more memories together. (And if you're kids are not quite ready to leave the nest, these ideas will work for them, too.)
Here are 5 FUN things to do with your new high school graduate before they go to college:
Go to a Farmers Market and then Make an Awesome Meal Together
The grand opening of the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market at its new permanent location puts this one at the top of our list. Don’t go with any expectations for what you’ll find… Just buy what looks fresh and good! Plus, farmers markets are great places to discover new ingredients, hear someone play the fiddle, or watch an impromptu watermelon seed-spitting contest. That evening, work as a team to come up with the meal for the night and prepare it for the family. It’s all about spending time and making memories, and we think this is a good one!
There is something about giving back to your community that just makes you feel good. Perhaps take a day and volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter, or call your favorite local charity and ask what you they need? The shared experience of helping others is a great way to bond with your college bound teen and might give them a bit of humility as they head off on their own.
My son loves Game Night! My daughter, on the other hand, is all about Family Movie Night and watching classic movies. Break out the games that you and your children loved to play when they were younger. Watch some favorite family movies that you haven’t seen in years. When was the last time that your family stayed home spent quality time together?
Another excellent example of an action activity. Centered around an entertaining physical activity, bowling helps put everyone in a good mood and a little friendly competition is a great way to connect with your family and have some light hearted fun.
Spend a day doing the tourist thing in the Dallas area. We recently took a tour of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters at the Star in Frisco. Whether you're new to the area and don't quite understand why the Cowboys are Americas Team or you've been a Cowboys Fan all your life and want to share with your kids, the tour will be a hit! Perhaps a visit to the Bishop Arts District is more your speed. We love the artist galleries, and you'll find some of our favorite restaurants there, too. While we haven't tried this personally, a company called Dallas Bites Food Tours offers a Dallas By Chocolate Tour! Speaking of yummy... the coolest ticket this summer is the hot new Sweet Tooth Hotel. The experiential art and retail pop up will only be around through August and many summer dates are already sold out – better hurry!