The end of summer is quickly approaching. There is just about one month until my boys go back to school, and there is still so much fun to cram in. I’ve got family friendly experiences for your family to consume before the kids have to don their backpacks filled with their waste-free lunch boxes.

Since it’s August, and everyone is going on vacation and getting ready for back to school. I didn’t want to overwhelm you too many choices. This month, I’m suggesting three instead of five, and perhaps you can find time to fit one of them in.

Head to a national park for free. On Aug. 14-15, more than 100 of the country’s national parks will wave their fees.

Attend a peach festival. Peaches are in season right now, and in regions where they are plentiful, festivals abound. Pick Your Own can help you find a peach festival in your area.

Watch a movie in the park. Many towns or counties offer free movies at dusk during the summer. They are usually kid-friendly so grab the kids (or not), a blanket, and a basket full of goodies and enjoy. Take a look at the photo above. How great would it be to introduce your kids to Ferris Bueller and his friends in this way? In Chicago it seems like movies in the park are offered every night. In Minneapolis, movies are offered Monday through Saturday. To find if there are free movies in the park near you, use your search engine to search for “movies in the park” and your town, city or county name.

For more on experience consumption, check out my original post Why I’m optimistic about 2010: Experience consumption as well as the ideas for January, FebruaryMarch, April, May and June and July

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