To-do lists, reading lists, cleaning lists, future project lists, even budgeting brings me joy. My favourite type of list, above all others is the bucket list. All the things I dream of packing into one summer before the days shorten and the snow falls. As we add children to our family and the dynamic changes, so does the list. Every summer is different, and therefore every summer bucket list is different. This one is no exception.
This summer we have a (fairly new) baby, a 2 year old and a 4 year old. We are still in the grips of a worldwide pandemic and, for the first time in my life, travel is severely limited. This will not stop us from making the most of every sunny day and having the best possible summer of 2020. We will improvise!
I don’t put too much pressure on myself to complete the whole list, and often it just serves as a quick idea go-to for those days when you think, what could we do today?
Here is my official, everything is closed, SUMMER 2020 BUCKET LIST:
- Build a massive Slip & Slide – on a hill, probably with dish soap for extra slippery-ness
- Make snow cones – Blender, ice and frozen juice concentrate for this easy summer treat
- Build a sandcastle – We have a sandbox at home, but I am going to aim high and try to get this one at an actual beach!
- Swim in the river – Nothing beats a cool swim on a hot day!
- Go camping – This will be our first year with all three kids (including a baby) wish us luck!
- Sleep in the tent (backyard counts!) – Likely without the baby. This might be a Dad task 😉
- Chalk up the whole driveway with art – I have some seriously artsy kids, we just need to get the chalk and let them go for it!
- Fly a kite – A christmas gift!
- Library summer reading challenge – I am so thankful they are running this program again despite the library still being closed!
- Have a bonfire – S’mores and hot dogs optional but recommended!
- Go hiking – Again, something we have never attempted with three kids, but if we want to have active, outdoorsy kids, gotta start them young!
- Tie Dye T-shirts – All the cool kids are doing it!
- Picnic in the park – With teddies, of course.
- Make huge soap bubbles – My dad was famous for this one, I will have to ask for his help!
- Go kayaking – No kids here, hoping to get a babysitter and head out with the hubby for a peaceful evening on the lake
- Pick berries (and make a pie!) – Saskatoons are a local favourite!
- Paint rocks to hide around town – I just love this idea and my kids are always thrilled when we find one!
- Backyard movie night – Hot chocolate, pillows, laptop, and mosquito net!
- Wilderness scavenger hunt – Pinecone, leaf, flower – go!
- Look at the stars – And hopefully see a shooting star!
Did you see any ideas that you would like to try? I would love to hear how you are making the most of your summer with fun, simple and safe activities, let me know in the comments1