Who’s ready for summer???
I sure am! After the long winter months, I’m ready to ditch the hoodies and rock my sandals as I enjoy the warm summer weather.
But every year I ask myself, “What should I do for summer?” and each year I tell myself I’m going to make some fun and exciting plans.
Then I don’t.
But this year, I’m going to put together a summer bucket list and properly prepare. That’s half the reason I wrote this post – the other half is to help you out as well!
So if you’re not sure what to do with yourself and your kiddos this summer, here’s how to start planning and some summer activities you should check out:
How to Plan Your Summer Bucket List
Grab a Calendar
Whether you use a calendar that hangs on your wall or prefer Google Calendars, having a month-to-month view is going to help you block out your summer activities.
Personally, I like having a physical calendar in front of me but if you are trying to coordinate your summer bucket list with your partner, Google Calenders is a great way to sync your plans!
Make a Summer Bucket List
Sit down with your kiddos and come up with some fun things they want to do over the summertime. This will be your summer bucket list!
This can include trips, camps, and other summer activities. Keep the list handy as you start to plan out your amazing summer!
(PS: Don’t forget to make a list for yourself as well!)
Schedule Summer Camps and Classes
Before you plan trips and activities, consider any summer camps or classes your child will be attending. Because these are scheduled by the organizations that host them, you’ll have to work around these dates.
For example, I have my daughter enrolled in a summer art camp (she’s so pumped!), so I have this written down in my calendar. This allows me to plan other summer activities for kids around that.
Plan Your Trips
Once you have camps and classes out of the way, it’s time to plan your trip!
I have to say, however, that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic crisis (yay, adulthood), it’s understandable if you don’t have the will or means to plan anything exotic.
Instead, you can plan staycations and more low-key trips. Having fun in the summertime has less to do with where you go and more to do with the memories you will make!
Make a Weekly Schedule
Now that your plans are made, start looking at your schedule in terms of weeks rather than days so you can get a broader idea of what you have coming up and other activities you can fit in.
Because although you have some amazing plans made, you want to make sure there’s room for more summer fun!
Come Up With Some “I’m Bored” Activities
Yeah, you’re going to hear it more than once over the summer break: I’m bored!
While you don’t have to keep your kids going at full speed all summer long (downtime is cool too), you will want to make sure they aren’t glued to their screens the whole time.
Come up with a list of activities they can do when they’re bored. Think about crafts they can do, books they can read, and other engaging activities.
This will come in handy as well on rainy days!
Over-Plan Instead of Under-Plan
It’s better to come with a ton of activities and not get to all of them than to be scrounging and wracking your brain last minute.
Plus, there are going to be days where your kiddos may just want to stay home and chill – but you’ll always have an activity on hand if they get bored or grouchy.
Organize Your Summer Supplies
Take stock of what you have for summer supplies such as bug spray, sunscreen, bathing suits, beach toys, outdoor toys, bike helmets, etc.
Now is the time to organize and restock your summer supplies as needed!
Summer Activities For Kids
1. Make Ice Cream
You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make this delicious treat at home! There are some great recipes out there that require only the necessary ingredients and a plastic bag. I’m serious!
2. Have a Picnic
Ah, yes, the quintessential summer activity. Pack a picnic and enjoy this meal at a local park or even in your own backyard.
3. Play With Sidewalk Chalk
Grab some sidewalk chalk and let your kiddo’s imagination run wild! You can draw pictures or create games such as hopscotch.
4. Do Some Science Experiments
Do you really want to let loose a baking soda and vinegar volcano in your home? Probably not, but you can take some fun science experiments outdoors!
5. Water Balloons
On particularly hot days, why not fill up some water balloons and have fun? Your kids can throw them at each other or organize a game of water balloon baseball.
6. Make a Bird Feeder
Do you remember making bird feeders out of milk cartons and pop bottles? I do! You can even spread peanut butter onto a paper towel roll and cover it in seeds.
7. Homemade Playdough
For rainy days or “I’m bored” moments, you can easily whip up a batch of homemade playdough – and get your kids involved in the process!
8. Get Wet
Whether it’s a beach day, a visit to a splash park, or hauling out the garden hose, make sure your little ones get nice and wet this summer!
9. Go For a Pajama Walk
After a hot summer’s day, it can be hard to wind your little ones down and get them comfortable for sleep. Take advantage of cool summer evenings by going for a jammie walk before bed.
10. Fly a Kite
If your area gets as much wind as mine does, it’s the perfect environment for flying a kite! Beaches tend to be the best place to do this activity because quite a bit of wind comes off the water.
Summer Activities for Adults
11. Go To a Local Farmer’s Market
Whether you want to buy or browse, farmer’s markets are the perfect places to spend a summer afternoon! Check out local produce and handmade items while enjoying local treats – my favorite market features handmade squeezed lemonade and fresh kettle corn. Yum!
12. Plant a Garden
Gardening is such a relaxing and rewarding hobby. Even if you don’t have the outdoor space, you can always start tote gardens or plant flowers and vegetables indoors.
13. Go Hiking
I hate walking. Traipsing around the neighbors is boring! Instead, I go to my local nature park and hike the trails where I can switch up my path and decide how hard I want to challenge myself. It’s one of my favorite summer activities for adults.
14. Tour Your City
I live in a fairly popular tourist spot in the summertime and sometimes I wonder, “What’s so special about this place?” When you take a look at your city or area from the perspective of a tourist, you’ll be surprised how many amazing things you notice!
15. Do a Novel Activity
Take a look in your area and see if there are any quirky activities you can partake in. Around here, we have tree climbing, ax throwing, and escape rooms. So cool!
16. Nap Outside
Moms know how precious sleep is – but how awesome would it be to take a summer nap outside? Get a comfy lawn chaise or hammock and enjoy the fresh air as you snooze.
17. Check Out Local Festivals
Have you ever heard of RibFest? We have it here every year and it’s amazing! We also have a shipping container village that hosts a music festival in the summer. Take a look in your area and see what neat festivals are taking place!
18. Try a New Food
When you have a moment to enjoy some food without your kiddos, avoid going to your usual haunts. Instead, try some new foods and restaurants in your area!
19. Try Urban Foraging
I have a friend who does this and it sounds really cool! Basically, you find an area where you can legally pick fruit, nuts, herbs, and more. Then find a recipe to experiment with your haul.
20. Play on a Playground
Wait, aren’t we talking about summer activities for adults? We sure are! Find an unoccupied playground and let your inner child run free!
Where Am I?
I’ve mentioned some really cool things to do in my area so if you’re wondering where that is, I live in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Come visit!
What Should I Do For Summer 2022?
Seriously, though, I hope this post helps you put together the ultimate summer bucket list so you can have an awesome summer.
Ask me in September how successful I was but I know even with a little planning, my daughter is going to enjoy a memorable summer break.
Do you have ideas to add? I’d love to hear them! Drop them in the comments below.
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