“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” -Bertrand Russel-Bertrand Russel
Labor Day always seems so perfectly timed. The holiday offers a much-needed breather after settling into new routines during one of the busiest months of the year. It’s the perfect time to rest, relax, and regroup. I don’t know what this year looks like for you, but if it’s as busy as mine, you need some fun ways to relax and spend quality time together as a family.
Whether you’re at hustling at home or in the office, if you’re a parent, you’ve got your work cut out for you! Raising the next generation is no easy feat, but it’s certainly rewarding. Maybe you’re homeschooling multiple kiddos or grinding every day to build your small business; whatever it is that you do—and with such devotion and passion—you deserve a day to celebrate how far you’ve come and appreciate the fruits of your labor! Happy Labor Day, y’all! Need some ideas for Labor Day?
I’ve put together a little list of ideas for Labor Day while brainstorming for my own family. No matter how you spend it, I encourage you to take the day to unplug, unwind, and stay fully in the moment! It may be just what you need to start fresh and head into the fall season feeling inspired.
10 Labor Day Activities for the Whole Family
One idea is to do nothing! Crazy, I know. The key to a great staycation, though, is to put a bit of thought into it so you don’t end up scrolling your day away on social media or just vegging out on the couch. Spend intentional time together by incorporating a few fun and simple activities.
For your staycation, you might:
- Play board games
- Camp in the backyard
- Bake/cook together
- Do a spa day at home
- Make a DIY home theater with allll the fluffy pillows and blankets
- Have a movie marathon
- Watch the sunset together
- Go out to eat
- Shop the local farmer’s market
- Visit some local attractions, like a museum
- Book a hotel or Airbnb
- Take a virtual trip with a VR headset
- Make homemade ice cream
2. Day at the Lake
Fish or picnic from the shore, hop atop a stand-up paddleboard, explore via kayak, or rent a pontoon boat and cruise the day away. Lake time makes everything better! The Woodlands also has swan-shaped paddle boats available (although they may book up fast on Labor Day).
Lakes near North Houston/The Woodlands include:
- Lake Conroe
- Lake Woodlands (Lakes Edge Boathouse and Riva Row Boat House have rentals available, but book early!)
- Marshall Lake
- Lake Houston
- Clear Lake (fun harbor!)
3. Have a Block Party
Close with your neighbors or want to get them better? Plan a block party! Each house can provide a tasty kid-friendly dish (burgers, hotdogs, sides, desserts—whatever!) Throw it back with a game of flag football, kickball, basketball…or maybe a tricycle race if there are a bunch of littles.
4. Hit the Beach
Since we’re so close to Galveston, you can easily take a day trip to the beach! You probably want to get there early to avoid the crowds and get a good spot. Check out the post by The Crazy Tourist to find the best beach for your family and activities.
5. Family Cookout
Keep it simple and flavorful with a family cookout. Whether you’re a grill master or a slow smoker, nothing beats the mouthwatering smell of a cookout. If it’s not scorching hot that day, you may be able to do a full backyard picnic, too. Involve each family member by having every person prepare (or help) with different parts of the meal—Dad on grill duty, kids on desserts and sides, and Mom coordinates. (Or maybe Mom is the grill queen!)
6. Backyard Games
Hopefully, the heat will start to taper off, and we’ll have a nice breeze on Labor Day (wishful thinking?). Bring out the backyard games like cornhole, ladder toss, horseshoes, or washers. Or maybe you prefer oversized Jenga, checkers, or connect 4. Modify the game so your youngest player can have fun, too!
7. Chili Cookoff
Coordinate a chili cookoff with your extended family, street, or neighborhood. You might even start a fun yearly tradition by getting a trophy to pass down or a customized wooden spoon or cutting board as the prize. Let everyone taste (using sampling cups), and each person can rank their favorite on a card. Tally up the points and celebrate the winners!
8. Attend a Community Parade or Fireworks Show
The Woodlands Township is hosting a Labor Day Celebration at Waterway Square from 5pm-9pm on Sunday, September 5th, concluding with a brilliant fireworks display over the lake at 8:55pm.
9. Go to a Baseball Game
Head to Minute Maid and watch the Houston Astros take on the Mariners on Monday, September 6th at 6:10pm. Whether you’re an avid fan or don’t know a pop fly from a grounder, the atmosphere is just so much fun!
10. Lemonade Stand
Let your kiddo experience “hard work” on Labor Day with a lemonade stand. Help them go through the process of creating and displaying the product, marketing their business, keeping track of earnings, and spending that hard-earned cash wisely! A lemonade stand can be a fun way to explain the significance of Labor Day.
From my family to yours, we hope you have a fun, safe, and relaxing Labor Day!
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