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27 Memory Making Activities to Do with Your Kids During the School Year

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shell, in which I was compensated. All opinions are my own.

One of the reasons we love taking family vacations is for the memory making! Now that my girls are getting older, vacations during the school year are harder. But I realize that vacations aren’t the only way to make memories together as a family!

Our family loves to discover new places around our home. And, being active together is always a fun activity. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do when the weekend rolls around. I’m helping out with a list of 27 memory making family activities you can do when you’re not able to take a vacation.

27 family activities to do during the school year CLICK ON LIST IMAGE ABOVE FOR PRINTABLE / @ Stuffed Suitcase

  • Go for a walk / run
  • Attend a local festival
  • Donate to a food bank
  • Drive somewhere new
  • Take a hike
  • Make dinner together
  • Geocaching
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Paint & hide rock(s)
  • Visit a farmer’s market
  • Go have a picnic lunch
  • Discover a new park
  • Plant some flowers
  • Play a board game
  • Make a craft together
  • Have a movie night
  • Visit the library
  • Read a book aloud together
  • Do a family talent show
  • Go swimming
  • Write a letter to a relative
  • Visit a museum
  • Go to the zoo
  • Walk in botanical gardens
  • Eat somewhere new
  • Bake a dessert
  • Have a dance party

While you’re out doing all these fun activities don’t forget to remember to get gas! I can’t tell you how many times the kids have missed the bus or needed to be taken somewhere on a tight schedule and the gas light is on! If you’re a member of the Fuel Rewards® program at Shell you can also earn fuel rewards on your everyday purchases. I love checking their Dine and Shop section of the app to see if any local shops or restaurants can help me earn additional fuel discounts.

Plus, I just noticed that if I buy gift cards at Shell I can earn an extra 5¢ off per gallon for every $50 in gift cards that I purchase. Perfect timing for back to school gift giving for teachers!

And, don’t forget that if you sign up now you can get #InstantGold Status with Shell and Fuel Rewards®. That means you’ll earn 5¢ off per gallon (up to 20 gallons) at participating Shell stations, plus any extra rewards you earn from your everyday shopping. I just checked my app and I have 10¢ off per gallon ready to use! No more gas lights for me this school year.

Once you’ve signed up for the Fuel Rewards® program you can send your own referral link to friends and family so they can join the Fuel Rewards program. Then, the first time a friend uses the program by earning a reward or using their card at a participating Shell station, you will instantly earn 25¢/gal (up to 20 gal). There’s no limit to how many friends you invite or how many times you earn!

Hopefully this list will give you some fun ideas to help you keep making memories together during the school year. Have fun making new family memories together! I love this Cades Cove bike ride my friend Caroline did with her family!

Need some ideas for things to do with your kids this weekend? Here are 27 family fun activities - plus a free printable!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shell. The opinions and text are all mine.

*Restrictions apply. To qualify for the Gold/Silver Status offers, you must be a Fuel Rewards® member and swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID when you fuel at a participating Shell station. With Gold Status, you will receive 5¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings on every fill-up. The 5¢/gal reward for Gold Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. If you are an existing Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status from 6/5/2017 through 12/31/17, the “Existing Member Introductory Period”. If you are a new Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status for the initial month you join through the last day of the month, 6 full calendar months later, the “New Member Introductory Period”. The last 3 months of the Existing Member Introductory Period or the New Member Introductory Period (collectively the “Introductory Period”) is the “Qualification Period”. You will retain your Gold Status during the Qualification Period, but you must make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to qualify for Gold Status for the next 3 months, the “Benefit Period”. During the Benefit Period, you must continue to make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to maintain your Gold Status for the next 3-month Benefit Period. A qualifying fuel purchase is any fuel purchase at a participating Shell station in which you swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID and fill up with at least 5-gallons of any grade of fuel. For example, if you are a new Fuel Rewards® member and register on 6/15/2017, you will receive Gold Status through the New Member Introductory Period (i.e., 12/31/2017). You will need to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the Qualification Period (i.e., 10/1/2017 and 12/31/2017) to maintain Gold Status during the Benefit Period (i.e., from 1/1/2018 to 3/31/2018). Thereafter, if you continue to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the successive 3 consecutive month Benefit Periods, you will retain your Gold Status. If you do not maintain your Gold Status, you will receive Silver Status. With Silver Status, you will receive 3¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings. The 3¢/gal reward for Silver Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. Redeem Fuel Rewards® savings with your Fuel Rewards® card or Alt ID at participating Shell stations. Fuel Rewards® savings are limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase, per vehicle, or fraud limits placed by Shell and/or limits placed on your financial card by your financial institution, each of which may be lower. Fuel Rewards® savings must be redeemed in a single transaction. Once you begin to dispense fuel using your Fuel Rewards® savings, you must dispense to the 20-gallon limit or you forfeit any remaining discounted gallons of fuel. For example, if you only pump fifteen (15) gallons of fuel, you would abandon the remaining five (5) gallons of discounted fuel. If you have a rewards balance greater than the current per-gallon price of fuel, the price will roll down to the maximum capability of the fuel equipment, and your remaining rewards will be saved for a future fuel purchase. Dispenser may require a price of up to 10.9¢/gal. It may not be possible to combine multiple discounts and/or rewards in a single transaction. For purchases of $75 or more, please go inside to pay. Unbranded diesel and alternative fuels may not be eligible. The Fuel Rewards® program is owned and operated by Excentus Corporation. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. Not valid where prohibited by law. Please see for complete Fuel Rewards® program details and Terms and Conditions. Other restrictions may apply. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. To learn more, visit or call (888) 603-0473.

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