summer bucket lists

Summer break can be a busy time.  Even with no school and some parents off work, it seems there are lots of projects that can quickly fill your list up.

Speaking of lists…you’ve all heard of bucket lists…but what about a “Summer Bucket List?”  I heard about other local moms doing this and thought “What a great idea!”  My husband and I both work outside of the home year round and on different shifts, so it’s hard to see summer as a “break” for our family.  I’ve even thought, “Urgh….off the routine…lining up childcare, but also trying to engage our kids for a few months…all while supposedly having ‘fun’…this is going to be awful!”

However, I was inspired by this “Summer Bucket List” idea for a number of reasons:

1) It’ll allow me to not worry so much about keeping a routine!

2) It ensures that my kids will get to do some fun things this summer, including some things they’ve picked themselves.

3) It gives us intentional family time to make great memories together.

So….will you consider making your own Summer Bucket List?  Whether it gets written in a notebook with pen, or on a poster board with lots of colorful markers, or maybe even on a whiteboard, be sure to incorporate everyone’s ideas for what your list should include.

If you need some great ideas, check out Erin’s post about free, local activities!


Here is a sample of our Summer Bucket List:

Ride the Channel Cat

Play at the Park

Make Homemade Ice cream (or just eat lots of ice cream!)

Ice Cream

Go to the Spray Park

Have a sleepover with friends

Participate in the Summer Reading Program

Reading Prog

Go Camping

Spend the day at the Beach

See a summer concert

Soul Storm

Go fishing with Papa

Visit the Fountain at Vander Veer Park

Practice Yoga in the Park

Take a bike ride by the river

Summer Bucket List

What’s on your Summer Bucket List?

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4 Responses to summer bucket lists

  1. Siri L. Hirth June 11, 2014 at 9:03 am #


    • Emily June 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      It was great family fun hearing your band Soul Storm, Siri! 🙂

  2. [email protected] June 11, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Super fun idea!

    • Emily June 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      We had fun making our list & we’re going to have fun completing the items on it, as well!

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