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5 Activities To Do Before School Starts

1. See a movie or plan a cozy movie night at home 

If you’re going to the theaters to enjoy a day out with your family and friends, you can catch all the latest trending blockbuster films like Barbie and Oppenheimer. Or, if you’re craving to end off summer on an action-packed, high-adrenaline note, then Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the movie for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more familiar and comfortable end to summer, planning an easy-going movie night at home might be the right choice. With microwaveable popcorn, all your favorite snacks, and a movie that never fails to feel like home, you can end summer on a good note. 

2. Get a last summer swim in

Summer is the best time to take a refreshing dip in the water, and that’s why a final trip to indulge in this activity is a bittersweet yet fulfilling way to say goodbye to summer and all that it has to offer. Popular places that are sure to never let you down are Lake Travis, Barton Springs Pool, or even a trip to a waterpark like Kalahari.

3. Have a fun little date at Cafe Monet with your friends

Catching up with friends after summer while engaging in some stress relieving artistic activities is the perfect way to end your summer and put you in a positive state of mind before the upcoming school year. This unique art and clay studio supports the philosophy of “Art is Therapy,” and creates a unique, inspirational environment for customers. Not only will you learn how to make pottery and have finished pieces to take back home, but you will also get to have a good time with your friends – all of it just a reservation away. Fun tip: Cafe Monet offers a BYOB policy, so you can bring whatever you’d like to drink!

4. Take a family day trip to McKinney Falls State Park

At McKinney Falls State Park, you can have your mini vacation and spend quality time with your family by going biking, hiking, fishing, and camping, which are just a few of the many activities you can do there. A day out in nature to connect with the environment and your loved ones one last time in the summer might be just the final refresher you need to be ready to go back to school!

5. Go stargazing 

Stargazing is one of the most magical movie-like activities you can do, and summer is the best time for it because of the clear skies. Stargazing is guaranteed to refresh your mind and give you some invaluable time to simply exist, think, and take a moment to yourself. It also helps you slow down from the everyday hustle and bustle, which is a rare thing to experience once school starts up again. Some of the best places to stargaze in Austin are star parties offered by the University of Texas, Austin Community College, Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis, and Mansfield Dam Park.

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Mishree Narasaiah, Reporter
Class of 2025 Hey! I'm super excited to be part of Student Press because this community of like-minded people truly enables me to capitalize on my passion for writing while making meaningful connections and memories! When I'm not busy with schoolwork, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and dog, watching TV, reading books, playing the guitar, and thinking about abstract concepts and theories.

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