There is so much we want to do in the summer months. The weather is finally nice (here in CT) and we can finally take our adventures outside. We love new activities. (Or really any family activities.) But honestly, without a plan in writing, we don’t get around to doing the things we love.
We have found that if we write down our plans (and then schedule them), they actually happen. If we just say, “One day, we should do <enter whatever fun activity here>”, they never seem to happen. Either we forget about them, or simply run out of free time to schedule them. That is why having a personalized summer bucket list is a must have!
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WHY DO YOU NEED A SUMMER BUCKET LIST?
- Do you sit around wondering how you can fill your days?
- Are your weekends filled with various birthday parties and summer BBQs and you never have time to fit in your own family fun?
- Do you look back on prior months and wish you did certain activities that you never got a chance to do?
- Do you always intend to catch up with certain friends (or schedule playdates) but never come around to doing it?
- Do you have a list of books your want to read, movies you want to see, or concerts you want to attend?
- Do you wonder what to do with the kids on a rainy day?
- Do you look back on the summer and wonder where it went, but don’t have anything to show for it?
- Do you want to maximize your summer and have THE MOST FUN EVER!
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need a summer bucket list!
A summer bucket list is a simple resource that encourages you to brainstorm all the fun activities that you want to plan. Having a summer bucket list encourages you to think about the life that you want to live and is the first step to putting it into action. By putting together a summer bucket list, you are forced to think about all the things you want to do, people you want to see, places you want to visit, and put them out into the universe to happen.
Putting together a family summer bucket list gives everyone in the family a chance to choose adventures and contribute to your family’s precious memories.
HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A SUMMER BUCKET LIST?
Typically, you put together a summer bucket list in the beginning of the summer, but there isn’t any reason you can’t start mid-summer! All you need is a paper, pen, and your thinking caps on. (Of course, I’m biased, and would suggest using my summer bucket list template, but you can use a simple blank paper as well.) (See the form below to access your free printable summer bucket list template.)
To start, brainstorming all of the fun activities and adventures you want to go on. I like to categorize my bucket lists into the following categories:
- Outdoor Activities
- Indoor Activities
- Nighttime Activities
- Places to Go
- Playdates to Schedule
- People to Visit
- Things to Make
- Things to Learn
I like to do this together as a family. That way everyone gets a say and can contribute to planning the fun.
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PUTTING YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST INTO ACTION
Once you have your personalized family summer bucket list, you have to put it into action. Writing it all down is a good first step but planning it out is even better. Grab a calendar (or use my free customizable summer bucket list calendar) to start scheduling out when you want to do the various activities on your list.
I prefer to schedule out the big activities in advance but leave some room for spontaneity. (You can’t predict the weather for the whole summer so it would be hard to schedule out all the outdoor and indoor activities in advance without knowing the weather.)
Here is a sample of our family’s personalized summer bucket list calendar:
WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR FAMILY SUMMER BUCKET LIST?
Every list is going to be different, but here are some ideas that we have on our bucket list.
fly a kite
go to a ball game
have a scavenger hunt
make a lemonade stand
picnic at the beach/park
play with sidewalk chalk
ride a bike
slip and slide
water balloon fight
build a blanket fort
cook a new recipe
create a care box for our troops
create a memory box or time capsule
do a puzzle
go to the movies
play a board game
visit your local library
write a letter to a friend
free summer concerts
have a sleepover
make your own pizza night
THINGS TO MAKE
build a garden
create photo books
handprint flower pots
make chalkboard wall (directions here!)
make homemade ice cream
make homemade Play-Doh
OTHER IDEAS FOR SUMMER BUCKET LIST
Books to read
Concerts you want to attend
Movies you want to watch
People to visit
Places to go
Playdates to schedule
Things you want to learn about
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