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Schools almost out for the summer – why not throw a last day of school party to help celebrate the end of waking up early. We originally wrote this in 2016 after attend the most epic end of school party with our neighborhood friends. Fast forward to 2021, this is still a hugely popular post!
We hear you! You guys are still looking for these fun last day party ideas and we are here for you.
Last Day of School Party Ideas
Looking for last day of school party ideas? Celebrate sleeping in, no schedule, fighting kids and blistering hot temperatures with a party!
Several moms in our neighborhood got together and threw the kids a surprise last day of school party. These moms are so crafty. The only thing I can take credit for is the Target bought lemonade, cookies and the photos.
Schools Out for the Summer
The last day of school party was held at a park near the school. We had the kids meet us near the park. Several of us moms decorated the park area and setup fun activities listed below. Right after school let out, half of the moms met up with the kids and led them to the park. There were a couple dozen kids. It was crazy, but boy they had fun and it was definitely a memory that they’ll have.
Need ideas for what to do with the kids this summer? Check out our Summer Bucket List!
25 FUN Ideas for End of School Parties
If you are looking for ideas for the kids’ end of school year parties – look no further. Here is a giant list of ideas on how to celebrate with a last day of school party!
#1 Create a Giant Welcome Summer Banner
Create a massive banner using butcher paper that said “Welcome Summer” for the kids to run through right after the final bell on the last day of school.
#2 Marshmallow War
Who doesn’t love a good war, but let’s do it with marshmallows! Using a DIY marshmallow popper that costs nothing to make and is super easy to create will be a huge hit with the kids!
How to Make Marshmallow Poppers
We made marshmallow poppers using Solo cups and balloons. You tie off the balloons and cut the top of the balloons off. Cut the Solo cups in half (horizontally). You will keep the end with the lip. Take the balloon and fit it over the lip. Now you have a marshmallow popper.
We then lined up the kids and had a marshmallow popping contest to see who could pop their marshmallow the farthest.
#3 Water Sponge Fight
Let’s get WET with a water sponge fight. Using dollar store sponges and tubs of water – get ready for some wet fun while kids run chasing each other with water sponges.
These BIG sponges are GREAT. We used storage bins full of water. Have the kids circle around the bins, blow a whistle and watch the water sponge fight chaos begin!
#4 End of the School Year Party Feast
Create a huge end of the school year party feast with the kids favorite foods. Use a tool like Sign-Up Genius to help easily coordinate the parents on who brings what food.
Hot dogs, fruit, cookies, cupcakes, chips and lemonade served buffet style completed our end of the school year party.
Last Day of School Cake
If you want to get creative, check out this last day of school cake!
#5 Celebrate the Teachers
Let’s face it – as hard as this school year has been – the real kudos go to all of these hard working teachers. Find a way to celebrate the teachers at the end of the year. Maybe have each child write a note in a journal or frame a photo of the class of students. Teachers love gift cards (and flowers – well most do at least!)
If you have a funny teacher who has a sense of humor (best if you know the teacher well – also works well if you have friends that are teachers) – print them off one of these funny teacher memes or last day of school memes!
More Last Day of School Party Ideas
Here are 20 more End of School Party ideas to help inspire you and your last day of school party.
- Sign Shirts – have the kids wear white shirts and spend some time having each kids sign their friends’ shirts.
- Share Contact Info – if permitted, make sure your kids have the phone numbers of their friends’ parents so that you can schedule play dates during the summer!
- Rent a Bounce House – get the energy out by renting a bounce house for the kids.
- Ice Cream Sundae Party – a fun interactive and yummy way to end the school year could be with an ice cream sundae party. Buy the toppings and let the students DIY ice cream sundaes. I suggest making sure you have wet wipes as well as buying plastic table cloths at the Dollar Tree to minimize the mess and enable an easy clean up!
- Photo Booth – setup an iPad and make a photo booth for the kids to take photos with their friends. Email the photos to the class or post the end of school year photos in a DropBox or Google Drive folder for all to access.
- Summer Bucket List – have the kids choose a few things that they want to do over the summer with friends.
- End of School Interview – Have the kids do an end of the school year interview – it will be a keepsake you will love to look back on as the years pass.
- Decorate the Cars – have the parents use window markers and decorate their cars for the last day of school pick-up!
- Last Day of School Signs – don’t forget to print and take last day of school photos! This would be a great keepsake for each student as they finish the school year.
- Letter to Self – have each kid write a letter to themselves and then mail it to them in 5 years. Since it’s 2021, consider doing this digitally since a lot of parents and kids are nomads and move often.
Them Kids Vlog Summer
When this Last Day of School Party Ideas post was written in 2016, my kids were much younger. I have them do a VLOG about summer.
In honor of school being out for the summer – and wanting to foster our kids’ thirst using our computers. At our Z’s request – our older kids, who we affectionately refer to as them kids – shot their first vlog. They’ll be chronicling their adventures through the summer and reviewing websites, games and apps.
Are You Ready for Summer and School to End?