Confession time: summer is my least favorite season (for shame, I know!). I’m a cold weather gal, and maybe that comes from having mild winters and scorching summers here in Los Angeles.
Still, I realize every season has its perks. And the best way to mark them is through special activities and occasions that an only be done during that time. I want my kids to grow up remembering summers fondly. To be able to recognize certain activities they’d always associate with summer.
So while the heat can sometimes be unbearable, I try to make the most of it and enjoy summer. Here are 10 summer bucket list ideas for families that we plan to do in the next few months. Some are simple activities to do at home while others are fun family outings. Hopefully you can get inspired and find ideas for your summer season!
#1: Have a picnic in the park.
Find a park with plenty of shade and have a picnic. Bring a basket of sandwiches, grapes, juice and cookies, and don’t forget your picnic blanket! The kids will love eating outdoors in the cool shade, then getting to run around on the grass or climb on the playground.
#2: Go to the beach.
Summer is the perfect time to go to the beach! If you live near the shores, take a trip to the beach. Bring your beach essentials such as beach towels, sunscreen, an umbrella and plenty of sand toys for the kids to play with.
Though sometimes a hassle to lug all those things, spending a few hours lying on the beach is also one of the coolest ways to surround yourself in nature.
#3: Chalk on the sidewalks.
Time to bring out the chalks and pretty up your sidewalks. Perfect for the days you just want to hang out at home but still need to get outside. Living in an apartment hasn’t stopped us from doing this activity. We simply found a little nook at the bottom of our building where there’s plenty of space to draw.
I plan to enroll my eldest in a few weeks’ worth of swim lessons come summer. He asked for lessons so I’m excited to enroll him in this extracurricular activity. We’ll probably bring our swim gear every time we visit my mom (who has a pool).
#5: Watch outdoor performances.
Our city has a ton of summer outdoor performances, from nighttime concerts to theatrical plays. The best part is they only perform during the summer, so my kids know to anticipate watching summer shows. Again, bring those picnic blankets and lawn chairs for (usually) free summer entertainment.
#6: Plant a summer garden.
Summer is the perfect time to teach kids about summer vegetables and fruits. We’ve started our spinach and swiss chard, then we’ll try our hand at strawberries and sunflowers. Both seem to do well in containers.
#7: Blow bubbles.
Head outdoors and bring the bubbles! We use this bubble machine for extended bubble fun. Long-stick bubble wands are great for kids who can’t blow precisely just yet but want to use a wand nonetheless. We’ve brought bubbles to the park as well as right on our patio.
#8: Fly a kite.
As Mary Poppins says, “Let’s go fly a kite!” Enjoy a simple day outdoors watching the kite fly through the sky. Kids will love holding the reins as the kite flies above.
#9: Eat a watermelon (and other summer fruits).
Another summer staple, watermelons scream summer. Enjoy seasonal fruits like watermelons, peaches and cherries. I love buying seasonal fruit at the farmers market because my kids understand that this is a short-term treat they can look forward to each season.
#10: Watch fireworks.
One of the most beautiful sites I witnessed was lying down underneath our local fireworks show. And the Fourth of July is the perfect reason to watch fireworks. Bring ear plugs or special sound-blocking ear mufflers for the little ones if you’re up close. Fourth of July fireworks might be one of those exceptions when the kids get to stay up late.
With these summer bucket list ideas for kids, you can begin and continue summer traditions your kids will love every year. From fireworks to visiting the beach to having a picnic at the park, they’ll remember their summers filled with special occasions that only happen during these months.
Your turn: What’s on your summer bucket list? What do you like best about the summer? Let me know in the comments!
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