Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and I’ve got you covered for a full day of fun.  Grab your families, and prepare yourselves for the best weekend ever. It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun and maybe even a bit messy!

-Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off your Labor Day weekend. They are yummy and festive. It’s a perfect way to wake up and begin the celebration!

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-Stop by the Abilene Farmer’s Market for some family shopping to get your day going. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

-Load up the family and head to the Abilene Zoo. Go check out all the animals, and make sure you visit the new giraffe exhibit. Of course it’s not a zoo trip without heading to the sandbox. Pack those swimsuits, and stop by the Nelson Park Splash Pad before heading home. It’s a refreshing way to cool off!

-Enjoy a picnic lunch. Consider it a great time to clean out all those fridge extras, and let your kids go crazy filling their plates. If you want to make a simple holiday statement, try peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Then use a cookie cutter to cut out a star shape. Voila, you’ve added instant sparkle to your lunch.

-The 35th Annual Chili Super Bowl will be taking place at Old Settlers Reunion Grounds in Buffalo Gap, Texas. They will be hosting a full day of food booths, live music, dancing and family friendly activities.

-If the weather is too hot, consider visiting the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. Every Saturday they host a free family craft from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. On the first Friday of every month, they also host a free art adventure at 10:30 A.M. Lucky for us, the first Friday falls right before Labor Day weekend! Score, now you have two free crafts in one weekend and no mess at home!

-If you have older kids, try checking out SUP Abilene at Lake Fort Phantom Hill for a kayak experience. Their site offers a sandy beach for younger kids to play as well as picnic tables.

-The historic Fort Phantom Hill is just around the corner from the lake. This historic site dates back to the 1850s. Three original buildings are intact and ready for explorations.

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-Afternoon snacks are a must at our house. My kids love making homemade popsicles. Blueberries, strawberries and watermelon make the perfect colorful filling. Then you can add lemon water or coconut water as the liquid component. Make sure you make these the night before so they have time to freeze!

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-My kids also helped me make the fun star table runner! We made our own stamps by using potatoes. It’s a great way to get them involved in a simple craft.

chicken caesar sliders

-Chicken Caesar salad sliders are an easy choice for dinner. You can’t get simpler than this recipe. Place 4 chicken breasts in a crockpot with 2 cups of water and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Drain off the water, and shred the chicken with 2 forks. Then add enough Caesar salad dressing to make it your desired consistency (about 1-2 cups), and reheat in the crockpot for about 30 minutes. We can’t get enough of this chicken! It was delicious. There are lots of ways you can serve the chicken, but we like sliders. Invite over some friends and enjoy a Labor Day feast!

labor day ice cream sandwiches

-Let’s go super easy for the dessert. Grab a box of ice cream sandwiches from the store and add some sprinkles. Of course for Labor Day weekend, red, white and blue sprinkles are the perfect touch.

There you go friends! A fun and super packed Labor Day adventure awaits!

If you would like to see a lineup of local events for this week, you can head to my personal blog, The Butlers’ Quarters. 

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