It's that time of year again with days filled with tests, grades and homework. Before school starts, let your summer end with a bang! There are awesome attractions and activities you can squeeze in with your kids and friends in and near Macon. Check out some ideas below:

Your kids can participate in the Children Craft Program at Ocmulgee National Monument where they will make coiled pottery, like the Muscogee Native Americans made them years ago. The class is on Saturday and Sunday, and is located outside the visitors center, from 3-4pm. The coolest thing about the class is that admission is free for all. The program will continue through August 23.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences always has something exciting going on for the kids. It has featured exhibitions and events that children can attend from animal to abstract paintings, from emerging artists and shapes.

Children who love sports, play sports or simply want to learn more about athletics should definitely go to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. They can play basketball, see cool exhibits of Georgia athletes, and pretend to be race car drivers.

Recent high school grads may want to hang out with friends before starting college, and Rigby's is the perfect place to do just that. After 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays,  Rigby's is only open adults ages 18+ where you can enjoy live music, foods, drinks, and have fun with your buddies. It's a great time to create lasting memories with your high school classmates.

And of course, don't forget about Sandy Beach Water Park!

So before school starts, and the routine of classes, parent/teacher conferences, and extracurricular activities consumes your schedule, create these last-minute summer memories!

Writer: Sade Olajide, Macon-Bibb County CVB Information Specialist