Summer vacation is here for some and just around the corner for others. I am going to be first in line for all of the summer fun! My flip-flops are all lined up and ready to go. Don’t get me wrong, I love the other seasons too. The problem is, this year, old man winter has over-stayed his welcome. Just a few weeks ago I was sledding and building snow people. I am saying no to snow people…at least until October or November. I’m ready for fresh cut grass, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, the sound of birds in my backyard and swimming in the pool.
To make sure that we have the maximum amount of fun this summer, I have compiled a list of must-do’s for the summer season. We may only get to half of them but at least we will have great time working our way down the list.
1. Swimming, swimming and more swimming. This is one of our favorite summer activities. We are lucky enough to have a pool in our neighborhood but they are several other options if you don’t. The YMCA usually has open swim for a low price. Make sure you call early in the day because ours fill to capacity early in the day.
2. Plant a garden. Our planting season is a little later here in Colorado because we can get snow until early May.
3. Take a park tour. We are planning on visiting several parks in our area this summer. We have already made a list of the ones we want to try first.
4. GO CAMPING! This is one of my favorite things to do. We really go glamping but it is still so much fun. I love packing up and getting a way, even if it is just for a weekend.
5. Take a nature hike. My daughter is crazy about nature hikes. She likes to take a little journal and record what she sees.
6. Run through the sprinklers. I have such fond memories of this activity as a child. It seems like it doesn’t happen as much as it used to. Throw on a suit and run through with your kids, it will be exhilarating and remind you of earlier days.
7. Have Nerf war. Throw on your best tactical gear and battle it out with the kids. They make all kinds of fun Nerf guns these days.
8. Have an outdoor movie night with your friends. We are really looking forward to doing this over the summer. Our neighborhood already hosts a few. We can’t wait to host one of our own.
9. Have an art day. Grab a large white sheet, throw it on the lawn and let the kids go to town with their art skills. It would make a beautiful decoration for summer parties.
10. Create a collection of scavenger hunts to complete with your child on summer outings. My daughter loves these. I have pre-made hunts made for the zoo, parks, walks and more.
11. Play Frisbee tic-tac-toe. Grab a large blanket or sheet, create a grid on it and grab two different colors of Frisbees. Then let the tossing begin. May the best tosser win!
12. Have a lemonade stand. This is one of the things my daughter is most excited about this year. I even managed to find an adorable stand on a resale site. We can’t wait to serve the neighbors some lemony goodness!
13. Have a jump rope party. This is a great way to get exercise and spend time playing with your sweet little one!
14. Go to the zoo. The zoo is always a wonderful way to spend the day. We love taking a picnic a making a day of it.
15. Play yard scrabble. Cut out large letter tiles and let the fun begin. This is a great way to get in a little learning while having fun.
16. Build a fort. This would be a fun activity to do inside or outside.
17. Take in a movie. We signed up for our local summer movie club so we have the option of going once a week for a very low price. You can check them out for your area here. http://www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse
18. Join the Barnes and Noble summer reading program. Your little one can earn a free book at the end.
19. Go to a farmers market and buy some items you have never tried before.
20. Have a backyard luau complete with grass skirts. I will personally skip the coconut bra, but I say go for it if you can pull it off.
21. Volunteer at a retirement home. Bring them a treat and read some stories.
22. Have a lawn tea party complete with teddy bears and baby dolls.
23. Make s’mores in the backyard. Try some new flavors. I recommend Reese’s peanut butter cup s’mores.
24. Go to an outdoor concert and dance like nobody is watching.
25. Make a summer photo journal. I don’t think I will ever be accused of not taking enough pictures. As a matter of fact it’s the opposite. However, I am guilty of not printing enough of them, so this year I am trying to make small photo journals of our experiences.
I created a Summer Bucket List printable. You can download it here:
Summer Bucket List Printable
What are you looking forward to this summer?