Ah summer. The great season where every parent struggles with wanting their child to have a memorable childhood summer while trying not to stress out too much. We all want our kids to have a great time but we also know this may come at a cost…literally! Keep scrolling to read through our 2022 Summer Bucket List checklist and tips on how I plan to check it all off!
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Doing a checklist isn’t new in our house as we’re often writing shopping lists, check lists and keeping calendars to keep us all on the same page or just to remember a task.
On the last day of school, just days ago, my girls came home to these fun Last Day of School buckets and this summer bucket list checklist hung on the wall!
While it would’ve certainly fun to work on the checklist together, I know my girls don’t know all the opportunities out there for fun so I scouted pinterest for a mix of ideas that I knew there A) achievable in our time frame and B) something I’d actually be ok with us doing! AKA my attempt at being a “fun” mom.
For one thing, we are getting our kitchen remodeled this summer so we’ll be sans oven for a while. Any of those fun baking and cooking tasks were out of the question for this summer. And along with that remodel will be some huge costs so I also made sure to go through our stack of still unused gift cards (thanks pandemic) to see if we could put some of these unused opportunities into play to make the fun a little more budget friendly.
Here’s what’s on our Summer Bucket List:
- Sister Sleepover DONE!
- Great Adventure (we have season passes!) DONE!
- Hurricane Harbor (see above) DONE!
- Arcade (they got some arcade credit from the PTA at the end of the school year) DONE!
- Sculpture Garden (we have free passes to Grounds for Sculpture) DONE! See a little reel about our adventures one sunny summer day with Grammie!
- Go to the Movies (AMC gift cards baby!)DONE! Minions!
- Mini Golf
- Go on a picnic
- PJ day DONE! Unforunately we had too many of these when both girls got stomach bugs back to back for 6 days each in July!
- See a professional sports game (local friends: shout out some ideas!)
- Visit a museum
- Go to the zoo
- Spa day DONE!
- Try a new food DONE! The girls tried (and liked!) calamari at our Outer Banks vacation.
- Dance in the rain DONE!
- Feed the ducks (can you believe this one had the most questions?) DONE!
- Catch lightning bugs DONE!
- Go on a hike DONE!
- Fishing DONE!
- Mixy Squish (the girls LOVE creating with this fun air dry clay and keep asking to play with the set we have again) DONE!
- Try a new playground DONE!
- Get ears pierced – DONE! We actually already checked this one off! The girls have been asked to get theirs pierced for months so and since softball season was winding down, it was the perfect time to go. A little tears and hesitation occurred but they’re super pumped about the results!
- Make smores DONE!
- Fly a kite DONE! North Carolina helped us knock off so many activities!
- Try a new ice cream place DONE!
- Make lemonade DONE!
- See a pretty sunset or sunrise DONE!
- Pick fruit
- Rock painting DONE! After we painted them, we sealed them with Mod Podge and put them in the garden.
- Go on a family run
- Water balloon fight (easy to make happen since I gifted them some Bunch o Balloons in their Last day of school buckets!) DONE!
- Random Act of kindness (you know this is hard for me as I’m a planner so it’s hard to be “random”)
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Our bucket lists in future years: