34 Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of School

Celebrating the end of school together as a family is such a great way to create lasting memories.  The last day of school is the perfect opportunity to start a new tradition that your kids can look forward to year after year.  Here are 34 creative ways to celebrate the end of school, especially the last day of school with your kids.

Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of School

Celebrate End Of School

End of School Party

1.  ABC/123 End of School Party ~ This ABC/123 dessert table is definitely an A+!  Apple cake pops, chalkboard cupcakes, pencil and crayon sugar cookies and an amazing book cake were some of the exceptional sweet treats.

End of School Party Ideas

2. This is a back to school party from Leoni from Just Call Me Martha but you could also do it as an end of the school year party.  My goodness it’s so pretty I couldn’t resist showing it to you.

Saved By The Bell School Party

3.  Saved By The Bell School Party ~ Bayside High School taught us about love, friendship, and how to be Cool at School! I wanted my dessert table to be all things awesome, gnarly, and totally RAD… just how Zack and the gang would do it!

End of School Party

4.  One Smart Cookie ~ A unique end of school theme that allows you to show off your cookie baking talents and allows everyone to enjoy their favorite treat.

End of School Party

5.  Ice Cream Party {summer party themes} ~ How about starting the summer off with an ice cream party? Entertain the kids with ice cream crafts, an ice cream bar and a cherry guessing game. An awesome homemade ice cream truck and an ice cream cone lined walk way should round out the decorations. Just add hungry kids.

6.  Dive In, It’s a Swim Party {Printables} ~ Splish Splash it’s a Birthday Bash!  These fun printables definitely remind me of summer and sun.  The collection includes a banner, straw flags and cupcake toppers.  If you are not serving cupcakes you could use them on plastic straws and stick them into individual treat cups.

That's a Wrap End of School Party
7.  That’s a Wrap End of School Party ~ I adore this candy wrapped last day of school party theme.  Candy is a popular party theme because it’s so fun, bright, and cheerful … just what we needed to kick off the summer!

End of School Food

End of School Treats

8.  End of School Rice Krispie Treats ~ Every treat on a stick is delicious and these rice krispie treats are no exception.  They are wrapped in flavored modeling chocolate to resemble school books.

End of School Treat

9.  School Bus Treat ~ Say bye bye to the school bus with this fun bus shaped treat.  It’s so easy to make that your child could make it.  All you need is graham crackers, oreos, frosting and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

End of School Party Food

10.  School of Fish Cupcakes ~ A fun cupcake treat for the entire classroom.  Circus Peanuts, M&M’s and frosted flakes make the adorable fish toppers.

End of School Food

11.  Watermelon Shark ~ This fun watermelon shark has become a fun yearly treat for us in the summer. Get the kids involved and make it a fun afternoon activity!

Bye Preschool and Hello Kindergarten Printable

12.  Bye Preschool and Hello Kindergarten Printable ~Print your own end-of-school celebration picks. The download includes picks for preschool through 5th Grade.

Last Day of School Traditions

Paper Towel End of School Count Down

13. Paper Towel End of School Count Down ~ Here’s a totally tubular craft to mark the last week of summer and a fun way to present kids with their new school supplies.

Teacher Appreciation Countdown Calendar Printable

14.  Teacher Appreciation Countdown Calendar Printable ~  Just print and add to an 8×10 frame (or larger frame with an 8×10 opening like this one we found at Aaron Brothers). Teachers can easily write and re-write their countdown with a dry erase marker.

End of School Count Down Calendar

15.  End of School Count Down Calendar ~ How to make this fun count down.  Those little sun faces are actually inverted Hershey Kisses.  Kids love them, guests love them, and I have been known to snag a few myself.

Countdown to End of School

16.  End of School Countdown ~ Count down to the last day of school with this simple advent.  Fill muslin or other bags with goodies for your child.  Kids love counting down the days and with little treats every day, it’s a win win!

Teacher Note Printable

17.  End of School Teacher Note {free printable} ~ Have your child fill out this questionnaire about their teacher to fill a time capsule.

End of School Traditions

18.  Last Day of School Welcome Surprise {Last Day of School} ~

With the last day of school just around the corner, this post features a fun idea to surprise your kids with! You’ll only need a few supplies and the smile on your kids faces will be worth the effort it takes to create this last day of school finish line!

Last Day of School Ideas


Last Day of School Celebration {Graduation Party} ~ To mark my son’s last day of Kindergarten, I lined the sidewalk of our home with signs noting milestones of his first year – called his “Kindergarten Walk of Fame.”  At the end of the sidewalk was a “Welcome to Summer” banner and a fun snack.  We just wanted him to know how very proud we are of his hard work during his first school year!

Last Day of School T-shirts

20.  Last Day of School T-shirts ~ Here are the boys ‘end of school year’ t-shirts that thank their teachers on the front.  On the back of the shirts it said, “Look out 4th grade, here I come!”

Welcome To Summer Banner for the End of School

21.  Welcome To Summer Banner ~ Surprise your kiddos when they get home by hanging up a simple “Welcome to Summer” banner that they can run through.

End of School Games

Balloon Game

22.  Water Balloon Spoon Race ~ This Water Balloon Spoon Race is fun for any type of children’s party.  The wooden spoons were purchased from the dollar store, painted and decorated with washi tape.  You could of course leave yours plain.

Balloon Pop Game

23.  Balloon Dart Game ~ This Balloon Dart Game will make everyone pop with laughter! It’s adorable as a wreath yet it’s a super fun game. Each balloon has a piece of paper with a number on it. That number indicates how many pieces of candy they will get. How creative!

Balloon Games

24.  Balloon Ping Pong ~ This super fun ping pong game is perfect for indoor boredom busters or even as a party game.  Simply attach paper plates to popsicle sticks/tongue depressors and blow up balloons.

End of School Games

25.  Welcome To Summer Games ~ Host a  picnic lunch in the park with our favorite friends, frisbees, kickball, bubbles and the biggest hit of all- 300 water balloons.

Party Games

26.  End of School Party {Party Games} ~ End the school year with a bang with some fun party games!  Some fun game ideas include, “Pin Your Teachers Head On Her Body” which was was adapted from the traditional “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”.  I’m sure the kids will get a kick out of this!  Check out the post for more game ideas.

End of School Party Favors & Gifts

End of School Printable

27.  See You Later Alligator {free printable} ~ “See you later alligator!”  These adorable treat bag toppers are festive and fun to pass out to fellow classmates.  Simply like Hello, Cuteness on facebook for the free file.

End of Year Favors

28.  Hope You Have a Ball {free printable} ~ Attach this cute printable to a bouncy ball or a water soaker ball.  Kids are sure to have a ball!  {snicker}

Flip Flop Gift Printable

29.  End of Year Gift {free printable} ~ These flip flops are the perfect summer gift.  The tag reads, “Have a flippin’ awesome summer!”

End of School Gift Idea

30.  Hope You Dig Your Summer {free printable} ~ A simple gift for little kids.  Attach some gummy candies or other small candies to a plastic shover.

End of School Gift Tag

31.  Happy Summer Gift Tags {Free Printables} ~ With the end of yet another school year drawing near, here are some cheery and free printable gift tags for schoolmates, teachers, and friends! These make wonderful gift tags, cupcake toppers or you can tape to a real popsicle and hand out on the last day of school!

End of School Party Favors

32.  Stay Cool Summer Printable {Free Printable Card} ~ This colorful card that reads “Stay Cool This Summer” is a fun way to say goodbye to the school year, your school friends or your favorite teacher on the last day of school.  Attach a cool treat and give it to someone special.

End of School Party Favor

33.  O-FISH-ALLY Summer Gift {free printable} ~ With the school year coming to an end, these adorable “O-FISH-ALLY the best class in school” gift tags are a fun gift option for classmates. Simply print the free tags to attach to gummy or swedish fish.

End of School Gift

34.  Summer Fun Tote for Teachers ~ This would be a fantastic gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, or for the end of the school year.  Fill a cute tote with poolside goodies, like sunscreen magazines and a cute beach towel.  Sunglasses, flip flops, and lip gloss would also be fun additions.

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