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10 Things to do Before the Kids Go Back to School {Free Printable}

Every year around the end of May I sit down and make a list of all the things I want to do with my boys over the summer.  Around here, the kids get out at the end of June and here I am six weeks into their vacation wondering where the time has gone.  It seems like once they do finally get out of school, July 4th is not far behind. Throw in a few summer birthdays, a day trip here and there, a couple of beach days and BOOM! All of the sudden it’s August already.

Even though it’s flown by already, my boys have had a really great summer so far.  We rented a cottage on the beach the last week in June, which was a blast.

boys 4th cliff

We’ve been to a few museums and playgrounds over the summer and we’re regulars at the beach in Newport, RI.


Oh, and we’re heading back to this place again in two weeks:


But I don’t have to tell you that summer vacation is coming to an end – and fast. My boys go back after Labor Day, but that only gives me four weeks of summer left.  FOUR weeks. There is still so much I want to do before we are back in school mode!  I came up with this list of things that I want to try to squeeze in before the kids go back to school next month.

Back to school bucket list printable

If you want to squeeze in some fun before school goes back to school, too, you can get your copy of this printable right here.

Speaking of school mode – are you ready? I am having a little bit of trouble wrapping my brain around the fact that the hectic school days are going to be here before I know it. Back to school means different things to different people.  For me it means getting back into a workout routine (because I have been slacking all summer) and for many of us back to school means that the kids will not only be coming home with lots of homework, but lots of germs, too.

Since we have a family vacation coming up and time is running out, I decided to head out to Target and stock up on everything I need to start off the new school year happy & healthy.

Target Collage

For the kids, I definitely want to be prepared for that first fever of the year, so I grabbed some Children’s TYLENOL®. When it comes to reducing fevers and relieving pain in children, TYLENOL® is the brand recommended most by pediatricians. I have used Children’s TYLENOL® for years and love that it doesn’t upset little stomachs. It is for children ages 2-11 and available in Cherry Blast and Grape flavors. Use only as directed.


For me, it’s super important to make sure that I have the right pain relief on hand for those aching muscles from my zumba classes.  I like to make sure I take care of the pain on the inside and outside, so I grabbed some Extra Strength TYLENOL®. TYLENOL® temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, muscular aches, premenstrual and menstrual cramps; temporarily reduces fever. Plus TYLENOL® is the #1 Doctor Recommended Brand of Pain Reliever.


For the outside, I got some Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream. It temporarily relieves the minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with: simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains. This product is intended for adults and children 12 years and older. Use only as directed.


Now that I am all stocked up, I am ready to conquer the new school year.  You can get positively prepared with the right pain relief for you and your family at, too.

How are you preparing for back to school?

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  79 Responses to “10 Things to do Before the Kids Go Back to School {Free Printable} #PositivelyPrepared #BacktoSchool #ad”

  1. Having a water balloon fight is right up my alley. I love having fun like this with my boys.

  2. My daughter isn’t old enough to be in school yet, but I can definitely understand how important it is to have fun with them, while you still have the chance, plus stocking up before school starts, to be prepared.

  3. I cannot believe that it is almost time for school again. I love the list that you made and agree that finding time to make those memories is SO important! We have already been working on getting the school supplies and will be trying to transition back into having a school bedtime soon too!

  4. Oh my goodness! I cannot believe it is time to go back to school already! I had so much more I needed to do 🙁 Thanks for the great tips. These will really help 🙂

  5. I’m so glad my children are grown! I get to reflect back on the fond memories and spend time enjoying my grandchildren in the summer. Down here in the south, school has already started back but the summer fun continues on the weekends for now.

  6. When I was growing up, we always went back to school after labor day. Those days are long over. Here in the south, most schools start back this week or next week. Thankfully, we do have one more family vacay at the beach the week of Labor Day.

  7. what a great bucket list of items to do before the summer is over –we go back to school here after Labor day so we’ve still got a solid month of fun left! enjoy!

  8. We are on a similar school schedule and really don’t have too much time left before we are back at our school year routine. I love the idea of a Back to School Bucket List to get those last few must-do’s done before we run out of time!

  9. This is such a sweet little “to do” list! I miss all the going back to school festivities — my favorite was always school supply shopping! I hope you enjoy the rest of your time with your boys before they head back to school!

  10. What a great list of things to do before the kids go back to school. I will share this printable with my parent friends for sure!

  11. We’ve actually done most of the things on your printable! Sounds like we had a successful summer. Some schools here have already started.

  12. Aaargh! I can’t believe it’s August already! I have had “make a summer bucket list” on my to do list since May 😉 Thanks for inspiring me that I still have time!

  13. This is a great list of things to do before heading back to school. I’d love to have a picnic on the beach with the kids before summer is over!

  14. I like your list of things to do before school starts again. One of our favorite things to do together is to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children. Nothing beats the good feeling we have from knowing we are helping someone else and I think it’s a great experience for the kids to see what it is like to volunteer and make a difference in someone else’s life. It also happens to be one of their favorite things to do!

  15. I love that cooking a new meal is on your list. Such great ideas you have. I’m going to use a few of them before it’s too late.

  16. I can’t believe it is almost time to go back to school already! I’ll have to try out some of the ideas on the checklist like going to a drive-in!

  17. Mine go back in two weeks. We used to go back after Labor Day, but it seems we are going back earlier each year 🙁

  18. Love your fun list and great way to get psyched for back to school! A scavenger hunt sounds like a blast!

  19. I cant believe there’s only a few weeks left in the summer time. It felt like yesterday that the kids were just off. Great post and list.

  20. Great list! I just talked about going to a local farmers market because today is national watermelon day. We love fresh produce. Do you still have a drive-in movie theater near you?? I don’t know of any near us. Thanks again for this free printable. And have fun at Disney!

  21. I love this list! I will try to do everything with my son.

  22. Sigh…. we started three days ago. I miss the days up north when we started late. These are great items to get done on our weekends, too.

  23. I too can’t believe it is already August. For me back to school means back to work as I work at a school. I love being off for the summer.

  24. Volunteering is a good one. It helps get kids into a better state of mind, in my opinion.

  25. Doing all those things would probably make me sore and give me a headache. I could definitely use the Ben Gay and Tylenol after it was all over.

  26. School starts for us tomorrow!! I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by. I love the bucket list you provided. On our list is still to go on a vacation, hope to make that happen in the fall.

  27. I need to stock up on Bengay! I have the worst shoulder pain right now from working all day! #client

  28. My kids started back to school this week, so our summer is over 🙁 Definitely take advantage of these last few weeks; your bucket list sounds like a blast!

  29. I’m loving these ideas! There is still plenty of time left for some fun activities.

  30. I don’t have kids but I take FULL advantage of those back to school sales! Pens, pencils, paper, notebooks. I can’t wait till the kids go back and everything goes on sale 🙂

  31. Glad to see the kids had an amazing summer! So many good memories

  32. It would really be nice to have this to do list. It would make the school break more memorable. It’s best to stock on the go-to medicines on vacations.

  33. Summer definitely went by so quickly! I can’t believe it’s already August and people are now preparing for school. And doing some last minute trips before the summer vacation ends for the kids! A lot of parents have started shopping for school supplies as well.

  34. I love your list. I need to make one for myself! We start back to school on August 10. August 10!!! What’s wrong with this people??? Summer is already too short!

  35. So exciting! Looks like you are prepared for what’s to come. Best of luck in the coming year 🙂

  36. Great ideas for some things to do before the kids head back to school. I can’t believe it is time for some kids to already head back.

  37. These are great ideas for pre back-to-school. Summer went by too fast.

  38. This is such a great bucket list! Having a water balloon fight sounds like fun!

  39. I think this is a wonderful list of ideas. I’ve been wanting to make homemade ice cream too. I’ll have to get a recipe so I can do that. I know my girls would love it!

  40. Creating a bucket list for summer is a great idea. It would be a fun activity to plan with the kids to see what kind of interests they have and those interests evolve over time.

  41. Youve got a good list of fun activities there and good thing as well you have prepared pain reliever for unexpected hurts during your fun day.

  42. Great bucket list! The only thing we haven’t done so far is volunteer at a charity. That’s next on our to-do list!

  43. I feel like this is an easy enough bucket list to do any time of year. You know in case you forget all about it for back to school, you can just call it- winter break bucket list. LOL Great list!

  44. Volunteering for a charity would also be good for them. They become socially aware and it would warm their heart.

  45. Summer was awesome while it lasted.. we only have 18 more days til my kids go back to school. I’m kind of looking forward to it but I’m kind of not. We NEED to stock up on meds though!

  46. Great tips! And thanks for the printable. I usually get so distracted before the summer is almost over. Especially this year with the Olympics lol!

  47. This is a great list and you reminded me – we have to go to the drive-in

  48. I’m preparing by pinning all these tips and advice because my son is just one. I bet he’s feeling overwhelmed and thinking his mommy is crazy for getting all these ready before he could talk!

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  49. What wonderful tips you have here. I will keep this in mind so when my son goes to school, I will be prepared.

  50. We started our new *home* school year on Monday, but we are trying to ease into it – at least that is the plan. We are working to get most of our work done early so we can spend the rest of the days outside!

  51. Wow! I thought we already had so much fun this summer but I think we still have time to have more fun! Definitely trying all in that list!

  52. I love your bucket list! There is so little time in summer left and so much more to do to make it end with a bang.

  53. This is an awesome bucket list. I can’t believe that school is already back in session! These are all great items to keep on hand too.

  54. Love the “back to school bucket list”. You have some great ideas to do before back to the grind too.

  55. I’m not really to go back to school, and I start on Monday. YIKES!

    I did go buy the boy’s school supplies. Now we have to separate everything, and put labels on the things that they don’t share.

  56. Well, I don’t usually go preparing for any kids though I find the list very nice for a bit of bonding before the semester starts. It won’t hurt being prepared for any sicknesses as well.

  57. Say it isn’t so! I don’t wanna go back to school! But since I can’t stop time, I better stop preparing. Loving your list. We would love a scavenger hunt.

  58. Thanks for the printable, I love the Summer Bucket List. I can’t believe how fast time goes by and that the kids will be going back to school soon. We’re ready though!

  59. Definitely time to focus on having more fun with the kids! Thanks so much for sharing your Summer Bucket List.

  60. What a great summer to do list. I need to visit a farmer’s market. I cannot believe we have not made it to our local market.

  61. I can’t believe that summer is almost over! We are trying to squeeze in the very last bit of summer!

  62. Wow We too have 4 more weeks and the summer ends and in UK its only just begun. Seriously we need to get with the program. Our kids barely get time off for some real family time. I am loving your bucket list printable, I am already promising to have a water fight on a hot day woot 🙂

  63. Yep, I definitely keep the Tylenol on hand. And we go back sooner than you, so our vacation is already almost kaput. 🙁

  64. Yes, Tylenol is really helpful. I will keep these tips so when my son goes to school by next year, I know what to do.

  65. I like to take my son to his favorite arcade before he goes back to school. I hope that he will have a blast time!

  66. My son is just starting kindergarten so I’m not sure exactly sure what to expect. I’m getting crayons and some of the basics – we still have a vacation coming up and I’m super excited to get away!

  67. What wonderful tips you have shared. I really love that cooking a new meal is on your list!

  68. Sounds like you had a wonderful time & the pictures are quiet exciting. Back to School is always going to make you so busy right after the summer and these are some simple yet great tips to note, to make sure you are well prepared for it.

  69. Aww my kids go back on Monday. We got a couple things off your list though. Enjoy the last 4!

  70. I’ve never thought of doing a back to school bucket list. What a great idea!

  71. I really do love all the options and ideas now for parents. Not to mention free printables!

  72. Great bucket list. I also have one before my son start school. He really wants to go to a water park and the beach. Also I use Tylenol when my son is stick also for myself.

  73. great list! school is coming very soon i cant beleive it! i’ve been wanting to visit and help to charity with my daughter, still trying to figure out which one is best for both of us

  74. That’s a really nice summer bucket list. I’ve been trying to make homemade ice cream for the longest time.

  75. These are such great tips of how to enjoy the rest of summer before the kids get back to school! Love all of them.

  76. I totally agree with reading a new book. My son and I loves to read books. It’s a great bonding too!

  77. Go fishing was on our list and go for a hike! Great list 🙂 I’m gonna have to add a few of these to our list!

  78. Ughhh it boggles my mind that summer is practicly over!! Just like you I have so many things I wanna go with my daughter before school starts

  79. I am a school teacher, and we have started back already. I miss the days when school began after Labor Day.