Summer is my favorite season.
I love our less rigid schedule and mornings when the kids sleep late. I love when they spend their evenings swimming, watching movies, or chasing fireflies. I love popsicles, lemonade, and ice cream. I love water–lakes, creeks, and pools. I love hanging out with the kids without a lesson plan exploring things that interest them.
But, I’m a homeschool mom.
And something inside me won’t let me not plan.
Remember my Word of the Year? Diligence. Relaxing is okay (as I’m learning to do) and even necessary at times but, I can’t allow myself to become careless, disinterested, or negligent (all the opposite of diligent; I looked it up!).
This summer, I will be diligent in child training. I will be diligent in enjoying my children. I’ll be diligent in making memories. And for me, the natural planner that I am, that includes making a list. In this case, a summer bucket list.
I’ve composed a list of 50 fun things to do in the summer.
I doubt we’ll be able to do every single thing on this list, and I’m debating whether I should pare the list down or make it a game to see how many things we can get marked off. I’m leaning toward making it a game…
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Here are my top 50 Summer Bucket List items.
- Go swimming.
- Blow bubbles.
- Visit the local splash park.
- Read in a hammock.
- Have a picnic. At home or a park, indoors or out, it doesn’t really matter.
- Visit the lake.
- Have a bonfire.
- Go to the beach.
- Make homemade ice cream.
- Make homemade popsicles.
- Make root beer floats.
- Have a home spa day with the girls.
- Make lemonade.
- Play hide and seek in the dark.
- Have a tech-free day.
- Plant something.
- Make a fairy garden.
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Eat a snow cone.
- Play flashlight tag.
- Take a mini road trip.
- Go biking on the local bike trail.
- Host a pool party.
- Visit the local Farmer’s Market.
- Star Gaze
- Learn something new.
- Tie-dye something.
- Build a blanket fort.
- Play volleyball.
- Draw with sidewalk chalk.
- See a movie–at the theater or outside on a projector!
- Fly a kite.
- Have a Disney movie marathon.
- Night swim with glow sticks.
- Visit the zoo.
- Play in the rain.
- Pick wildflowers.
- Catch fireflies.
- Go hiking.
- Visit a relative (near or far).
- Visit a trampoline park.
- Play on a water slide.
- Make friendship bracelets.
- Host a game day–cards, board games, or outside.
- Shoot fireworks. 4th of July, anyone?
- Visit a flea market.
- Have a backyard camp out.
- Watch a sunrise or sunset.
- Visit a museum. The MS Museum of Natural Science is one of our favorites.
- Complete a DIY project.
I made a pretty printable for our family, and I thought I’d share it with y’all as well. This will hang on our fridge as a reminder and challenge this summer to see how many items we can get marked off. Click the link under the picture below to download and print a copy for your family.
So did you find this printable helpful? What would you add to a Summer Bucket List?
Share your ideas below in the comments.