Summer bucket list

We are already loving our summer schedule.  The increased reading time, interestingly enough, seems to be encouraging kids to pick up books more even during their free time, which is exactly what I was hoping would happen.  Of course it also helps that we currently have heaps of interesting-looking library books all over the house.

I thought it might be fun to write down a list of other things we’re also planning with the kids this summer.


  • Take kids to the Discovery Center
  • Take the kids bowling at least a couple times a month.
  • Go camping 3 weekends.
  • Take the kids to Lagoon.
  • Go yard sale shopping a few times
  • Host a couple swim parties a month for friends.
  • Have dinner by the pool once a week.
  • Take kids on an after-dinner walk several nights a week.
  • Roast marshmallows by the pool
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have a water fight with sponges
  • Go to the library twice a month
  • Go to the dollar movie once a month

We’ll see how much of that we get done, but even if we only get around to some of this, it should be a nice summer.  How about you?  Do you have fun things planned with your kids?


  1. My kids are on the older side and are producing the “Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan, with a number of cousins and friends, for presentation on the back patio. It is fun to see it take shape and to have them be the ones completely in charge of it.

  2. Bridget says:

    Most of my older kids can be found on the tennis courts at tournaments. They have a blast, the younger ones watch and take a break at the pools centrally located by the courts! Swimming is a favorite past time of my 5 and 8 year old daughters!!! Both are like fish – we adopted them from Ethiopia and go figure they love the water!! My oldest boys will be working but have the weekends free. We already took a nice family vacation to Mt. Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon – how awesome the view was! Hiking is a family favorite and we had a great time!

  3. And you are taking Ranger and Erika with you to all of these, just in case you were wondering. 😀

  4. The sponge water fight sounds like something my girls would enjoy. That and roasting marshmallows of course.

  5. We have already been on one trip where we waded in one of the Great Lakes and collected tons of driftwood and rocks.
    We are planning on one free summer concert a week, picnic once a week (other than our yard), hike in the mountains at least twice during the summer, ride through a buffalo herd, go on a riverboat cruise, visit at least one art gallery, volleyball practice, do a puzzle a week, and my personal goal is to ride a horse (in 50+ years have never been on a horse.

  6. I saw a segment on the Today Show last week about free stuff to do with kids over the summer. One was the website You can look to see if there’s any alley near you that is part of their program. If so, they allow EACH child to bowl two free games per day all summer long. AWESOME!

  7. We just bought a fire pit tonight and made smores with our girls. We also hit up the zoo and the Discovery Center today. It was a HUGE hit! We get to have a week at the OR coast with our small group from church, and a 4-day camping trip with my side of the family. Other than that, we’re winging it! 🙂