10 Ways Parents can Celebrate Back to School

Sep 10, 2018Reading Time: 5 min

You close the door and breathe a sigh of relief. Summer is over, and you've sent your kids back to school. After working hard to make a memorable and fun summer for your kids, you deserve to relax, unwind, and celebrate! But, what should you do now that your house is quiet during the day? Check out these 10 suggestions for celebrating the back to school season while on a budget:


Take a Spa Day

One study found that parents feel the stress of summer set in just 13 days into summer vacation. Then, by the time school starts, 75% of parents are ready to send their kids back to school so they can relax. If you're one of these parents feeling particularly stressed, now is the time to treat yourself to a day at the spa. Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, pedicure, manicure, or your other favorite services.

Date Night

Plan a Special Date Night

You can celebrate the back to school season with your mate with a special night out on the town. Choose a place that you've been wanting to visit without the kids and enjoy your time out. Or, think of a place you brought the kids to this summer and would love to check out again without the kids in tow. This could allow you to check out your favorite museum or aquarium at your own pace.


Reconnect with Friends

While supervising and enjoying time with your children throughout the summer, it's difficult to spend quality time with friends. When was the last time you met a friend for coffee and just talked? Now that your kids are back in school, it's the perfect time to reconnect with old friends. With your kids in class, you can carry on an uninterrupted conversation and enjoy one another's company.


Plan a Staycation

Maybe you can't go on a vacation, but you can definitely plan a staycation! Just choose a location that's an easy driving distance from your home, then think about local activities you can do and places you can explore. Maybe there's a spot near your home that you've never checked out but have always wanted to. Celebrate back to school with a trip to these locations and take a mini vacation!


Become a Foodie

A foodie is defined as someone who has a refined interest in food. These are people who are well-versed in cooking styles and techniques and know which restaurants serve the best fresh and local ingredients. A foodie also tries a lot of different items on the menu so they are the people with the greatest restaurant and food recommendations. If this sounds like something you’d like, now is the time to start eating out, learning all things food, and sharing your passion with others.



Volunteering is a great way to spend your time because you can serve others while reaping the personal benefits, too. To determine where to serve, think about an organization that means something to you. If you need help finding where to go, check out Volunteer Match or Just Serve for a list of service opportunities in your area.


Explore Nature

Being in nature can be good for the soul. Researchers have found that spending time in nature can improve your memory, boost your energy, provide stress relief, stave off illness, and more. Then, with the kids back in school, why not explore nature? You could go for a hike, hit the trails on your bike, go birdwatching, or take the canoe out on the lake. Do something you enjoy while exploring the great outdoors in your neck of the woods.


Take a Class

Your kids don't have to be the only ones who head back to school this fall. Why not learn something new or take up a new hobby? Just a few hobbies you can look into are yoga, dancing, cooking, or learning a new musical instrument. Is there something that you've always wanted to learn? Then, head back to school yourself and go for it!


Attend the Theater

With the kids back in school, why not sneak away to a matinee showing of the latest blockbuster? Theaters tend to be less crowded during the day, and some offer discounts for matinee showings. If you prefer plays or musicals instead, you could save one of your date nights to see a show that you'd both enjoy.


Complete Home Projects

With the kids out of the house, you can finally get around to that home project you've been wanting to cross off your list. Whether you want to redecorate the living room or renovate the kitchen, you can spend your days completing the home projects you've been waiting to do all summer.

As you celebrate the back to school season with your kids, take time to do some of your own celebrating! Think of something that you would enjoy doing or that you've been wanting to do. And don't forget to check for the latest and greatest deals to help you save during your celebration.