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It can be difficult to say good-bye to summer vacation even for kids who love school. Here are five ways to celebrate the end of summer and get the kids excited to start the school year.

Plan a grand finale to your summer bucket list

Do something special that relates to those activities you worked to check off your list this summer. If you spent time teaching your kids how to cook, let them plan a special meal for the family. If you read through a new book series, have a movie marathon of the films that were based on the books.

RELATED: Top 10 items for your summer bucket list

Bling out those school supplies

One of the best things about starting school is that everything is new. Celebrate that! If your kids' teachers are cool with it, let your sons and daughters add some personality to their supplies. Break out the football stickers so your little sports aficionado can decorate folders and notebooks. Grab the glitter glue to add sparkle (literally) to pencil boxes and binders.

Say goodbye to summer by saying hello to fall

Even though the weather still feels pretty summery, destinations that offer autumn activities will be opening up their doors soon. Stay tuned to MetroParent to find an updated fall farm guide. 

Revisit a local favorite

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Lots of families spend their summer trying out new things. If that describes you, visit a nostalgic local favorite that you may have overlooked during vacation. Some examples? The Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Listen to the first episode of the MetroParent podcast for some of our favorite nostalgic places to go.

RELATED: 4 nostalgic favorite Milwaukee area destinations

Stay home

One thing that's hard for a lot of kids about starting school is that they have less time to spend at home. Talk to your kids about what their favorite thing to do at home is, and spend a weekend day staying home and doing that one thing. If you have a bookworm, build a cozy fort and spend the day reading fun books before the flood of school-related reading starts. If your kid loves sports, spend the day in outdoor free play before after-school sports are in session. And, yes, if you have a kid who loves video games, one day of free reign with the XBox won't be the end of the world before the school-year restrictions kick in.

Most importantly, don't let summer vacation just fade into the sunset; celebrate how wonderful it is by giving it the fanfare it deserves.

RELATED: 3 things you must do immediately before school starts

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