Celebrate the Last Day of School

Celebrate the Last Day of School With Your Tween

Last Day of School Gifts and Ideas to Celebrate

The last day of school is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for it. Don’t get me wrong, I love homeschooling my son and we have a blast. That said, I am worn out. I need  a break from lesson plans! I need some daylight hours to be just for me and I crave a summer of just being Mom. Bring it on!

We usually have a pizza party to celebrate but this year is special. This year T completes sixth grade. He will officially be a Middle Schooler! Gasp! Where did all that time go? Anyway, I wanted to do something extra this year so I have been searching online for inspiration. Here are my favorite finds for awesome ways to celebrate the last day of school.

This article from Parent Cue inspired me to make him a gift of things to make his summer fun and help him get really excited about all those warm, sunny days ahead. I am going to include things like popcorn (for all day movie-a-thons), sunscreen and a beach ball (for those days spent poolside), marshmallows (for nights by the firepit), a stack of used comics (for those rainy days spent relaxing), a can of bug spray (for camping and hiking trips), a  bag of water balloons (no explanation required), chocolate syrup and sprinkles (for fudge sundaes all week), a lollipop ring (class of 2016), and a thing of confetti poppers (we are celebrating here)! I am also going to include his 6th-grade graduation certificate. You can get an Elementary School Diploma to customize through Word.

Celebrate the Last Day of School

Freedom. Staying up late and sleeping in. The smell of chlorine in my hair. Sunshine. Oatmeal cream pies. Weeks spent at my Grandmother’s. Summer. Maybe your summer memories are different than mine, but I bet we can all agree that summertime is certainly a memorable season.

This last day of school celebration basket will be presented at a surprise lunch at iHop! T has been aching to try their red velvet crepes and cupcake pancakes. His Dad and his favorite cousin will be meeting us there. After lunch, we are taking him on a Mystery Trip. One of his favorite places is Books-A-Million so we will head over there and present him with a gift card and then onto a disc golf adventure at a new course he hasn’t tried before. It’s going to be so much fun!

When we return home we will be lighting the fire pit and roasting s’mores. S’mores are T’s favorite food so it seems the perfect ending to a very special day.  The next day, we are sleeping in! I want to get this summer started off right 🙂

Here is a list of some great ways to celebrate the last day of school:

  • Make them a summer gift basket – T loved his!
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Have a pizza party.
  • Pick them up in a car full of balloons and write on the windows – SUMMER STARTS NOW!
  • Have an ice cream party.
  • Plan a camping trip.
  • Take them to the bookstore to get some summer reading material.
  • Have a Bar-B-Que and invite friends and family.
  • Have an Epic Bonfire Party!
  • Make a Summer Bucket List

Here is our Summer Bucket List – you can print it free by clicking here!



How are you celebrating the last day of school with your tween or teen? We love to hear from you so don’t be shy! The comments section is below.

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