Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Bucket List 2016

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Are you ready for summer? This week is the first week of summer break for my son. I'm already feeling that it's going to be a long break! I made a schedule of activities to do every day this month just so we have a guide of how to stay occupied and productive. Also, since I'm working at my school this summer, I need to have a schedule to keep us all on track so that we don't get too overwhelmed or lose sight of whatever else needs to get done weekly. And with that being said, we have our summer bucket list on hand. We may not get it all done, but it's a good way to see a visual of how we'd like our summer to go. Feel free to download the free printables to plan your summer bucket list, too.

Kids' Activities, Family, Free Summer Activities

We're trying not to break the bank this summer. Most of the activities on this list is free, cheap, and affordable, or for us, worth the money if it is pricey.

Bro and Bri's Summer Bucket List

Free Summer Activities

  • Play at the park
  • Swim in the pool (if you don't have a pool, you may be able to find free ones at churches and local pools)
  • Visit the beach
  • Visit splash parks (we have a couple free ones within our city parks)
  • Blow bubbles
  • Visit museums on free days
  • Go bowling - there's a free bowling summer program where certain bowling centers participate, so that you can register your children to bowl free all summer long. They also have discounted rates for parents, too.
  • Visit the library
  • Participate in a summer reading program
  • Story time at the library
  • Story time at local bookstore (for us, it's Barnes and Noble)
  • Watch outdoor summer movies
  • Take a morning walk and go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Take an evening walk and go on an alphabet scavenger hunt
  • Make a video of your favorite summer experiences
  • Visit a local factory that gives free tours
  • Visit an animal shelter
  • Ride bikes
  • Go hiking 
  • Celebrate 4th of July
  • Celebrate National Flip Flop Day 
  • Attend a summer festival
  • Go geocaching

Smores, fire pit, Camp out

Cheap Summer Activities $1 and up

  • Watch $1 summer movies
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Catch dragonflies and butterflies (we have a butterfly net my daughter loves to use that we bought from the dollar store)
  • Have an indoor camp out
  • Roast S'mores at the fire pit
  • Take lots of pictures and put them in a scrapbook
  • Make a sandbox
  • Do science experiments
  • Learn to play an instrument (my parent's just gave my kids their keyboard)
  • Get ice cream from an ice cream shop
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  • Plant something new in the garden or start a garden
  • Make a fairy garden
  • Play board games
  • Make arts and crafts
  • Make homemade play dough
  • Go fishing
  • Have a picnic
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a barbecue
  • Play an indoor game like a board game outside, such as using large blocks of wood to play Jenga, or use ground marker paint to play Twister in the yard. 
  • Write/draw with chalk on the sidewalk and play hopscotch
  • Visit St.Augustine, FL 

Summer Activities for More Bucks, but Worth It

  • Go camping
  • Visit the zoo
  • Road trip
  • Visit Daytona
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Georgia
  • Visit an attraction like a theme park we haven't been to yet
  • Visit a water park

Click on the image to download and print it out to fill in your own bucket list:

Free Printable, Family Activities, Kids Activities

For more fun activities you can do in your own home or backyard, check out the post I wrote at Jacksonville Moms Blog, 20 Summer Outdoor and Indoor Activities.

These are the activities we have so far. Some are meant to do indoors for rainy days that we're already experiencing here in Florida. What are your summer plans? Share and let me know, I'd love to hear it!

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