Things To Do Before School Starts Back Up Again


Family shopping at the mall

Looking for things to do before school starts? We’ve got you! At Wintrust Sports Complex, we know that summertime is a time of fun. This includes visits to the beach, days of relaxation, and warm weather. However, it doesn’t last forever, and before we know it, it’s time for back-to-school prep. Don’t fret, though! The fun doesn’t have to end once school starts. There are so many fun things to do on the last day of summer vacation. In this article, we will detail some fun activities for the end of summer, including a visit to Wintrust Sports Complex! Located in Bedford Park, we are an oasis of fun, filled with activities left and right. Let’s take a look at some of the activities that you can do as a family before school starts back up again. 

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Practice for the Team

One of the best things to do before school starts is to prepare for sports tryouts! Why not get your kids ahead of the game with some back-to-school prep and practice? Wintrust has a large number of basketball, volleyball, and other courts. We offer almost every sport imaginable. Your kids will feel confident and prepared to go into tryouts this fall. Plus, playing a sport as a family fosters team-playing skills. You can teach your kids to appreciate the concept of shared responsibilities and strategies. There are also so many life skills you can teach, from self-discipline to confidence. Visit us at Wintrust Sports Complex and get your game on! 

Eat Good Food

Summertime is all about creating delicious food and going to fun food fests! Luckily, there is so much to explore before school is back in session. Making delicious food is at the top of the list. Consider having an end-of-summer cookout. Make all your favorite foods, from hamburgers to hotdogs and grilled corn. Or, make it potluck style and ask your friends to bring something. A potluck is a genius catering strategy that will bring you lots of delicious fun. Not in the mood to cook? Then, visit our Station Grille at Wintrust Sports Complex for a unique experience! We have an awesome restaurant right in the middle of our sports complex. Play a game at our e-sports lounge, then eat with the whole family! It’s sure to be a great time filled with delicious food. We also have premier cocktails for the adults. 

Encourage a Bedtime Routine

In the summer, it’s easy to let your kids sleep in as long as they want. But, as soon as school time rolls around, the early call times start. Encouraging your kids to have a consistent bedtime routine may be difficult, but you can make it fun! Have your kids pick out their new fun alarm clock and choose which setting to put it on every night. Make a goal with your kids to go to bed consistently at the same time for 1-2 weeks. If they accomplish this goal, then you can use a reward system! Rewards can be anything from a simple piece of their favorite candy to a visit to Wintrust to play laser tag! 

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Read Some Books

To ease the nerves and anxiety of starting school, consider reading a book or two with your kids. Reading can also help your kids create a visual picture of what they can expect on the first day of school, especially if they are younger. There are so many amazing books out there, from educational to non-educational. If they can read, visit the library and let them choose books they want to read. If they are younger, choose fun and educational books to read to them. Some benefits of reading to children are supported cognitive development, improved language skills, preparation for academic success, and bond development with your child. Get your kids ahead this school year with great reading skills. They will surely discover the power of knowledge and feel very prepared for the new school year! 

Go Back-to-School Shopping

One of the best parts about back-to-school prep is the shopping! Make it a family day and go shopping for new clothes and supplies. Some parents use a “weekly closet organizer” and have kids choose outfits for each day on Sunday evening, so there’s no need to make rushed decisions during the week. This is a quick task that only takes about 20 minutes – and makes things run smoother. Once you have all the school clothes in one spot, it’s easy to see what items you’ll need to add. Supplies are another great part of back-to-school shopping. Take  everything out and organize it so you can see what you might need to grab before classes begin. 

Family shopping at the mall

Plan a “Before School” Activity

Is there something you didn’t get to do before the end of summer? How about making some s’mores? Do the kids want to have a lemonade stand? Have you always wanted to play laser tag but could never fit it in? Then, try to squeeze in one or two end-of-the-summer activities before school schedules kick in. Have an outdoor movie night. Some places have outdoor movies that you can attend. Or, you can have one at your house. You can get a projector or an outdoor movie kit to enjoy for years. If you’re short on ideas, check out Wintrust Sports Complex for a variety of fun! We offer a full e-sports cafe along with laser tag. There are so many fun things to do on the last day of summer vacation. Choose something the whole family will love! 

Visit Wintrust Sports

If you’re looking for fun things to do on the last day of summer vacation, then visiting Wintrust is your best option. Located in Bedford Park, just a couple minutes from downtown Chicago, Wintrust Sports Complex is the best destination to add to your end-of-summer bucket list. We are a family-friendly adventure facility with sports, e-sports, and arcade games galore. Come for a family basketball game or discover our many arcade games. We are committed to helping your family find fun things to do before school starts. Visit us today! 

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