What's on your bucket list of things to do with your kids this summer?
Our summer bucket list includes:
1. Our big trip - Backcountry kayak trip to Maligne Lake, Jasper
2. Spend time with friends at the beach
3. Visit the Grandparents in Vernon
4. Various outside adventures: Hike, Camp, Canoe, Kayak
5. Play outside everyday: bubbles, water, chalk,
6. Ride our bikes
I plan on teaching all four of my boys to swim this summer! My oldest (3) is already very comfortable in the water and loves swimming in our two foot kiddie pool. The other three (2) are getting more comfortable but we will teach them about blowing bubbles, kicking, putting their heads under water, and more. My hisband and I are both previous competitive swimmers and lifeguards on the beach when we were younger so I know that being comfortable in the water is the best way to avoid drowning.
I'm looking forward to spending some time on the water. We moved off of a lake after having 4 little ones within two years and now that they are getting a little older we can't wait to take them out on the boat and enjoy it rather than hold onto them all for dear life.
Absolutely, without a doubt, bubbles, sprinklers, and sidewalk chalk. Their grandparents live close by, so we see them all the time and will continue to do so throughout the break. But, getting 'back to the basics' and having good, dirty fun means a lot to us.
I am so excited to spend the summer visiting with all of the grandparents! From Maine to Florida, we will be taking in a lot of time at the beach, kayaking, swimming, and relaxing with our family. Hopefully we will head in to the fall recharged from our summer trips.
It's actually Winter over here in New Zealand now, but one of the things my kids love doing is going to the river and throwing rocks in the water. We have competitions to see who can make the biggest splash. I love how such a simple activity brings them so much pleasure. When we're ready to go we collect rocks to take home and paint.
We tend to have the most fun doing things that don't cost anything.
Looking forward to dates with my son. It's hard to do them during the school year because of homework and early bed time but come summertime we love our weekly dates. Sometimes it's going to a movie, other times we do a science project, and once in awhile we'll just get frozen yogurt. Best parts of summer are these moments.
We were on a budget this summer so when I found out about the idea of creating a bucket list from another blog we got to work creating ours. We did lots of fun things and got all of our friends involved also. We visited the beach, zoo, a water park, story time and the library, when to the movies, had a picnic in a tent inside the house, went swimming in the pool and lots of other fun things. The big difference for us this summer is that all my friends now have toddlers and they were looking for ways to keep their kids busy also so we would meet up as a big group and all enjoy the activities together!
Went to Xgames
Movie in the park
Concert in the park
Camping and hiking!
We started our summer off going to Xgames in Los Angeles to watch my cousin Kyle Loza attempt his death defying Bike Flip at Best Trick this year! Next we are going on a Disney Cruise and going all out for Pirate Night!! We hope to catch a movie and a concert in the park before summer ends but catching a warm night here in Washington has been rare! Last we hope to complete our summer with a nice hike and camping trip! It is amazing just how fast summer flies especially when we haven't really had a summer in two years! My little vampires are not exactly sure what to do with themselves in the sun lol!
I don't exactly have a "bucket list" but I have an idea of things I would like to do during July and August. First, we're having my daughter's 8th Grade Homeschool Grad Party. Because she has a fascination with Japan, the culture and the language, we are having a Japan-themed party. In addition, I'd like to travel around to several of Florida's State Parks for hiking, camping and interpretive lessons.
I blogged mine!
Camping with the grandparents, daily swimming and finishing "How Great Thou Art", an art course for children by Barry Stebbing.
Discovering nature around us right here in our part of the U.S this year, via all the goodies found at the USFS. Free booklets, free curriculum and free finding a forest near you guides...this whole website is just all good stuff. http://www.discovertheforest.org/
Katie from brighton park
I would like to take my children to Dreamworld. They have never been to a theme park and have always wanted to go. But it definitely isn't a bucket list lol My children and I plan on living a long time. Thank you very much!
We are going to do an "unplugged summer" where we turn off all electronic devices and actually DO something this summer. I plan on being outside with them a lot! I would like for them to read every book on our bookshelf and play our huge stack of board games. I've also pinned several ideas on Pinterest, many of them just pure dumb fun that don't involve the TV. I'm really excited about this summer. Now, where to find the energy to begin?
I "only" have 6 kids left at home this summer (with 6 already grown and gone). My older teens will spend much of the summer working at a local berry farm, which leaves me with the younger 4 (ages 10, 10, 12, 13).
Since my husband has spent much of this past year unemployed, and with gas prices so high, the kids are I are looking forward to focusing on a lot of local fun (whereas we usually head out on cross country road trips).
We will try to visit every park in our county, visit a few museums, have BBQs at the beach, and play a lot of board games and card games in the evenings and on rainy days.
I am looking forward to quiet time with my girls. This school year has been particularly stressful for our oldest who is in public school (everything she's gone through just solidified my reasons for homeschooling our youngest!)
Anyway, I just want to take them to the beach or anything else that will be relaxing!!
I am planning on taking my youngest to Sesame Place this summer. I think if I wait another year she might be too old and won't be interested.
Summer is our time to spend together - doing everything from swimming, fishing, attending museums, zoos and amusement parks! I recently took two of my children to our local creek where we explored the vegetation and collected rocks for a fun art project! See the pictures and craft here: http://herdingkats.blogspot.com/2012/06/rock-painting.html
We plan on taking lots of fun road trips this summer too - seeing the National Parks in our area and as many outdoor attractions (like the Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest) as we can!
A ton of fun experiences new & old. The first we'll be doing this weekend: Watching a movie in our backyard.
I've got my 2 1/2 year old son signed up for swimming lessons. We did it 2 summers ago and had a blast. And he's young enough I still get to be in the water with him, so lots of cool breaks from work! :)
I also have a goal of learning 1 new way to sneak veggies or fruit into his food (or outright have him try) per week. I found a great list of healthy snacks that has some good ideas (pears, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, quesadillas, eggs, etc) http://bit.ly/NyXYSL
As a child and teen, I always created my SUMMER TO DO LIST. The list was usually long and mostly impossible to complete but it was fun trying. As a parent, I'm just as ambitious about summer. My Summer 2012 bucket list with our boy-girl twins, age 9, includes:
1. Learning How To Fish
2. Learning (Some Basic) Italian
3. Playing One Board Game a Week
4. Reading, Reading, Reading
5. Writing (Some) Blog Posts Together
6. Cooking One New Recipe Every Week
7. Running Through The Sprinkler in Our Yard
Here's to Sun, Sprinklers, and Summer Fun!
Fly fishing, backpacking and kayaking.
Sleep late! My kids are a nightmare to wake up in the morning for school, so I am counting down the days until we can have some lazy summer mornings!!
Crafts, healthy baking and snack making with fresh seasonal fruits, and as weird as it sounds, Hubby and I want to travel the state on weekends going to restaurants that have been featured on food tv shows. The kids love cooking with us and they watch these food shows with us, so we decided to make the shows come to life for the whole family!
I enrolled my daughter in Bike First. It's a one week long camp that teaches kids with special needs to ride a bicycle. I am so excited to spend that week with her and watch her work toward something she really wishes she could do.
[Bike First is an affiliate of http://www.losethetrainingwheels.org/]
We want to be able to go FISHING!! But it's 100+ degrees in Texas and we have to get mommy's fishing license first!! IF we do make it, we will post pic!!
Enjoy eating and cooking with the tomatoes that we've been growing.
Playdates with friends on Friday, reading, small hikes at local parks, and letting her play with her great neighbors!
This summer I plan to live more schedule free and just go with the flow. Would love to get to the beach at least once a week and plan some get aways!
Have more fun and not work so much.
First trip to the zoo! My 17-month-old loves her stuffed monkeys, lions and bears so much - I can't wait for her to see the real thing.
We aren't doing a full homeschooling schedule, but will still focus on learning, as well as having fun this summer!
I am so excited to play at the splash pad. We love having little picnics and playing in the water. I recently wrote 21 Things To Do This Summer. Need Ideas? Check it out.
A trip to the beach, popsicles on a hot day, and pictures in a summer dress to remember!
Picnic at the park with their grandmother!