Another thing on our end of summer to do list was to camp out in our backyard. It didn't work out, so we decided to camp in. The boys thought it was great, and want to do it again.!
We made s'mores in our fireplace, the boys ate supper on the "ground", we watched a movie, and pitched our tent in the living room. The boys spent the night in the tent and Mom and Dad slept on an airmattress. We slept in the next morning (well, if you can call what you do on an airbed sleeping).
It turned out to be a fun alternative to camping out.
Just one of the ways we were trying to make every last minute of summer vacation matter!