Summer is here y’all! For the past few years, I have fallen into the trap of letting summer’s fly by. I have always used the excuse of having kids that are too little or not having enough money. No more! I have vowed that this summer we are going to have adventures. We are going to explore and experience life. This is the last summer before my oldest starts kindergarten and it is going to be the new standard.
This summer is going to be especially fun because not only am I determined to make this the new standard of summers but we are also selling our house, have to find a new place to live temporarily while we wait for the new house to be done. It is going to be busy, to say the least. But, I am confident that with some effort and planning in advance I can provide experiences that my children will remember and hopefully look forward to year after year.
Here is where we run into a problem. I under no circumstance want an overly scheduled summer. Having days where kids have to figure out ways to entertain themselves is vital for them to be successful as adults. I firmly believe keeping my children entertained ALL OF THE TIME is not part of my job. I do however believe it is my responsibility to teach them appropriate activities to do during moments of boredom. That, however, is for a different post.
What Should I Include
I want to include a variety of activities this summer. Not everything on the bucket list needs to be a thrilling new adventure. I definitely don’t want everything to be expensive, no need to dip into savings or rack up credit card debt.
Because I think simplicity is often best I decided to incorporate items that fit into a handful of categories. I want my kids to serve others, experience new things, engage their minds, and simply have a blast.
Here is a list of things you could include on your bucket list to help your kids learn the importance of service.
- Make treats for neighbors
- Take care of pets for another family while they go on vacation
- Weed a neighbors yard
- Chalk attack a friends driveway
- Have friends over for BBQ
- Host a FREE lemonade stand
- Have a friend over for a playdate
Here is a list of things you could include on your bucket list to help incorporate new and exciting experiences.
- Go on a hike
- Go camping
- Go to the beach
- Try a new and exciting place to eat
- Picnic in the mountains
- Go to an indoor playhouse
- Go to a zoo
- Go to a movie theater
- Have a family outdoor movie night
Mind Engaging Activites
Here is a list of things you can do to help your children engage their minds this summer.
- Go to a museum
- Do a science experiment
- Go to the library
- Scavenger hunt
Just for Fun
Here are some ideas that are simply just for fun!
- Get Ice Cream
- Go Bowling
- Have a water fight
- Get a snow cone
- Run through the sprinklers
- Play night games
Well, there you have it! A bunch of fun ideas to add to your bucket list! I hope you have an amazing summer filled with fun and memorable experiences!
With Love ~ Charley