Summer Bucket Lists

Once upon a time,  I loved Summer vacation. It was my time to take a break from school and my teaching job. In the summer I could sleep in, lay by the pool, or do whatever I wanted during those summer vacations.

Well, Summer is quickly approaching and all three kids will be home five days a week. I’m trying to prepare myself for all the whining, crying, fighting, and drama that comes with three kids being home day after day. Just thinking about all of that drama made me realize that I needed a plan of fun to keep them busy all summer.

There are a few things that I plan to already do with them that will keep them busy for short periods of the day. We will have swim lessons four days a week and will have our pool for afternoon play time. I also plan for the girls to be in ballet camp for a week and possibly vacation bible school for another week.

Let’s be honest, those plans will not keep them busy for long and definitely won’t stop the drama. For those in between times I need some back up plans which is why I have created the summer bucket list full of ideas of what to do with the kids.

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Summer Bucket List 2017


  • Reading program
  • Play board games
  • Have a puppet show
  • Tea Party
  • Read-a-thon
  • Build a fort
  • DIY spa day
  • Ball pit fun
  • Finger Paint
  • Family Sleepover in the family room
  • Make root beer floats
  • Pajama party
  • Kids baking


Day Trips or Vacations:

  • Beach Trip
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Trip to the Zoo
  • Go to the movies
  • Trip to the children’s museum
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Trip to one museum
  • Camping Trip
  • Trips to the park
  • Go to a bowling alley
  • Baseball game
  • Go to a jump park
  • Library story time
  • Go feed ducks
  • Back to school shopping trip
  • Go on a hike
  • Visit a splash pad
  • Go fishing
  • Visit the Farmer’s market

With all of those ideas, the kids should have a blast this summer, I hope! But, they are not the only ones that need a summer bucket list. I have a list of things that I would like to do this summer as well.


Summer Bucket List for Mom

  • Read 5 books or more start to finish
  • Finish my bible study that I started a year ago, The Armour of God
  • Go see a movie (something my husband and I have NEVER done together, weird I know)
  • Finish the girls’ scrapbooks ages Birth to 5 and start a new one for each of them.
  • Bring baby boy’s scrapbook up to current date.
  • Garden around my house, bringing color to my yard
  • Organize rooms in my house
  • Work on new projects for Hale Yes Designs (on Etsy)
  • Brainstorm blogging topics
  • Learn something new
  • Knit winter hats for the kids (something I doubt I will do but it’s worth a try)
  • Update decor in my bedroom
  • Get into shape


Hopefully, with these great to dos on our summer bucket lists, we will keep busy and not have bored moments in our house. Maybe we can even replace the drama with loads of fun. For now, we will have to wait and see. Check back for updates of our summer break.


Coming Up:

  • What’s In Your Easter Basket?
  • Soccer Game #4 & #5


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