The Last Minute Summer Checklist

Soak up the last of summer with these fun family-friendly suggestions!

With summer slipping by, now is the time to plan the activities and trips you’ve been hoping to do all summer. Back to school shopping and gearing up for the new school year is right around the corner and while there’s still enough summer to get in every last drop of fun, we have made a list to help inspire new traditions and excitement!

Outdoor Movie Night

Holiday Twin Drive-In Theatre in Fort Collins is playing fan favorites all summer! Find a good spot and hit the concession stand to grab all your favorite movie snacks. Rather stay home? Setting up a projector in the backyard is a great way to spend quality time with your family!

Water Park/Splash Pad

On those hot August days time spent at a splash pad or water park is necessary! Cool down at City Park pool or the numerous splash pads around Fort Collins!

Camping Trip

For the outdoorsy families camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the weather and natural Colorado landscape. Whether it’s rustic tent camping, comfortable camper camping, or luxury cabins, the time out in nature with your family is time well spent!

Concerts/Live Music

Live music is not hard to find around Fort Collins! There are tons of venues that have live music and are family friendly. Enjoy a summer concert in the park, at a brewery the whole family loves to visit, or a bigger venue in town to add some excitement to any night!

Boating/Paddle Boarding

A day out on the boat, paddle board, kayak, etc. is a day full of making memories and fun! Fort Collins has a few lakes to choose from when it comes to a day out on the lake. Don’t own any aquatic vehicles or equipment? Renting is always an option so you can get out and enjoy the water!


The end of summer always brings the fun with fairs and carnivals! Don’t miss out on the exciting rides, delicious food, and entertainment that hits this time of year. It’s the perfect way to end the summer with a bang!

Family Picnic

Need a quick way to entertain the family and also provide family memories you’ll cherish? Pack a picnic and head out to your favorite park, a new place with excellent scenery, or out on a hike at the top of a mountain or in a flower-filled meadow. It’s hard to pick a bad picnic place! 

Theme Park

Theme parks are every kid's dream way to spend the day! With multiple parks and businesses in Fort Collins it’s easy to find entertainment like mini golf, trampoline parks, go-karts, laser tag, and more! 

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