I love summer. I love the laziness of summer. But often, with my family, that can be a problem. The four of us will just stay in our pajamas ALL. DAY. LONG. if we don’t have a solid plan. Many times, we don’t have a solid plan. We are big “fly by the seat of our pants” people when it comes to summer. My kids don’t do camps or sports. We love our lazy days.
The issue with our inherent laziness, though, is the fact that we really don’t get to do all the things we want to do in the summer. We end up scrambling over the last few weeks to get around to the things were were too lazy to do, or places we were too lazy to get to. Last year, I found the solution. It was a summer bucket list.
I got the idea from my friend Terri who had posted her summer bucket list on Facebook. I thought it was genius! It was like a to-do list for us, and whenever we had a quiet day or a day of nothing to do, we hit the bucket list. We listed everything we wanted to accomplish, places we wanted to go, activities we wanted to do, people we wanted to see. It was a free-for-all and there were no limits to what we could add to the list. We even included things we wanted to do on vacation (we go to the same place every year.)
Our family planned a brainstorm session for our summer bucket list, and we just basically dumped our brain onto the paper and got to work. Our goal was to make a list of 50 items, and we did. We didn’t accomplish all of them, but we got to more than half of the list.
My best tips for your own summer bucket list:
- Plan things for rainy days. Unfortunately, not each day will be perfect and you need to take that into account.
- Plan cheap (or free) things. It seems that everything my kids wanted to do involved going to some expensive place, but there are times where you just want to go cheap. Make sure you add things that will cost minimal (or no) money.
- Plan things you can do at home. There may be days where you will need to stay close to home, or just want to stay local.
Some ideas from last year’s bucket list:
- go to the local aquarium
- go to a beach we haven’t been to
- playdates with certain friends
- screen free day
- movie marathon day (great rainy day activity)
- make a special dessert
- go out for breakfast
- go out for lunch
- have a picnic
- get ears pierced (this was my daughter’s, she let them close up a couple of months later!)
- find a craft on Pinterest and make it
- go to the movies
- check out a new playground
- local science museum
- local farm
- amusement park
- trampoline park
- drive-in (there is one near where we vacation!)
- make ice cream
- sleep in their sleeping bags one night
- write letters to each other to open in ten years
- relax and chill day
- water balloon fight
- watch a baseball game
- random act of kindness day
- family game night
- learn to ride bikes (my son learned, my daughter still needs to do this)
- tie dye shirts (we used this kit and it was awesome and easy!)
- Kool Aid hair dye (this did not work for my daughter because her hair is too dark, unfortunately)
- take our dog to a new dog park
- grill pizza
Creating a summer bucket list is super easy and so much fun! You will get so much more accomplished this summer, trust me.
If you have any great suggestions for our list, please add them in the comments below!