Things to Do in September with Your Family


Everyone’s settling into a back-to-school routine but your family still has plenty to do outside of school. As we transition from summer to fall, enjoy these activities with your kids in September.

Sneak in Last-Minute Summer Activities
The dog days of summer are coming to a close. Before the weather forces you and your family to play indoors, sneak in some last-minute summertime activities. Enjoy creative outdoor painting, throw a bubble party and go on an an adventure with other nature activities for families.

Dive into Fall Activities
The days are turning cooler and sweaters are starting to make their appearance in your family’s wardrobe. Gear up for the change of seasons with fall fun for kids of all ages. Start new traditions, learn together and, of course, play, play, play.

Embrace Winter Fun
On those days when Old Man Winter is tapping on your door and you just want to stay inside, embrace winter fun and keep the kids entertained. It may be too early to play in the snow but you can still turn your house into a movie theater, play restaurant, create a website togetheror enjoy fun learning activities.

Pick Halloween Costumes
This year, why don’t you all dress up for Halloween? Pick out your family’s Halloween costumes now so you’ll be ready to host a Halloween party or have fun Halloween night.

Baby Safety Month
Keeping your baby safe is the goal of the annual Baby Safety Month, sponsored by Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Whether you’re baby proofing your home, buying a car seat, choosing a crib or following the safety guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS, use this month to educate yourself on how to keep baby safe and happy while showing your older children how they can help out too.

Classical Music Month
Beethoven or Bach? Introduce your children to classical music during this month’s celebration.Sharing music with your kids is a gift that keeps giving to them throughout their lifetime. Through kids’ music classes and other music activities, you can open a whole new world of appreciation up to your children.

National Piano Month
Tickle the ivories. If you’ve been wanting your kids to learn how to play piano, there’s no better time than right now. Find a piano teacher or give it a go yourself to teach kids piano basics.


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Grilled Fruit Packets

Yield: Serves 8Total: 40 Minutes

Cost per Serving: $1.31


    • 3 bananas, sliced 3/4-inch thick
    • 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and halved $
    • 3 oranges, peeled, cut into segments $
    • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch chunks
    • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 16 whole cloves
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/4 cup rum, optional $ 


1. Lay out 8 12-by-12-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil on a counter top. Divide fruit evenly among foil pieces, placing it on bottom half of foil pieces. Mix sugar and cinnamon together. Put 2 cloves on each square and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Dot each with 1/2 Tbsp. butter and 1/2 Tbsp. rum, if desired. Fold top half of foil over fruit and roll edges to seal.

2. Preheat grill to low. Place packages on grill and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully open packages, pour into bowls and serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.