"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."

"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Memorial Day: Summer Bucket List 2014

My younger boys are reaching that age in which they are beginning to be too old for some of the things I had planned to do with them. With this thought in mind, I am working on a "So what are we going to do today?" list to give us something fun to do every day of summer vacation, with some extras to give us some choices. For some of these things, it might be my last chance! I will keep adding to the list as I come up with new ideas, so check back from time to time.
  1. Create adventure journals to record the summer.
  2. Make T-shirt bags to hold the journals and their summer finds.
  3. Make a countdown to Camp Bergenholtz paper chain.
  4. Make S'mores, of course.
  5. Go strawberry picking.
  6. Do some chalk pastels projects
  7. Have a 17th birthday party for Sam
  8. Have a sleepover on the trampoline
  9. Make watermelon sorbets in lime shells
  10. Go roller-skating
  11. Go Bowling
  12. Go to the Farmer's market
  13. Have a first day of summer party
  14. Make sunprints
  15. Write messages in note cards stick them in balloons and send them off
  16. Go swimming at the community pool with friends.
  17. Play with Zentangles
  18. Go to the Ocean beach
  19. Send 13 oz. or less mail
  20. Make a summer-themed packet of goodies.
  21. Go to the water park
  22. Go fishing
  23. Make/Go on a Scavenger hunt
  24. Go to Sonic for half-priced shakes
  25. Go stargazing or watch a meteor shower...if there is one this summer.
  26. Give each child a disposable camera and a blank book and tell them to document their life for a week..or two
  27. Practice wood carving
  28. Make a watermelon cake.
  29. Make a kaleidoscope
  30. Make Tie dye T-shirts
  31. Make a Tie-dye themed dessert to have when we Tie-Dye the T-shirts.
  32. Play games in the backyard
  33. Go to Rita's.
  34. Make an art journal
  35. Play volleyball at the beach
  36. Make bottlecap necklaces
  37. Catch fireflies
  38. Have a pizza party with a Make-Your-Own Pizza bar and a Make-Your-Own Fruit Pizza bar for dessert
  39. Go to a museum (Air Mobility Command Museum, Goddard Visitor's Center, NASA)
  40. Play with balloons
  41. Go to a National park...Jr. Ranger program?
  42. Crack marbles in the oven, and perhaps make jewelry out of them
  43. Go to the zoo (Plumpton Park Zoo)
  44. Make hemp cord bracelets
  45. See fireworks
  46. Have a picnic on the beach
  47. Have a 20th birthday party for Alex
  48. Fly in a plane with Young Eagles
  49. Drive-in movie or Movie night
  50. Go camping
  51. Preserve a spider web
  52. Make an origami boat
  53. Make bread clay
  54. Make (decorate) walking sticks.
  55. Go to China town or Little Italy?
  56. Have a bonfire
  57. Send a message in a bottle
  58. Light a dandelion on fire
  59. Take photos from a photo booth
  60. Make indestructible bubbles
  61. Make a summer themed table decoration.
  62. Go on a biking trail
  63. Make a kite
  64. Fly a kite
  65. Teach Sam and Katie how to drive
  66. Go to a restaurant with a group of friends
  67. Go Puddle jumping
  68. Make homemade ice cream
  69. Find a four leaf clover
  70. Sleep under the stars
  71. Buy an underwater camera and take photos
  72. Build sandcastles
  73. Take easels down to the beach and paint
  74. Make freezer paper stencils
  75. Make a leaf bowl
  76. Make tin box scene magnets for the fridge from a mint's tin
  77. Make homemade cookies using a new recipe
  78. Have a cookies and milk bar with pink milk, banana milk, chocolate milk, vanilla milk....
  79. Glo-stick hide and seek
  80. Go on nature walks
  81. Make tin can lanterns
  82. Make a beachy picture frame
  83. Make a gift for friends
  84. Make balloon and sand juggling balls
  85. Play games at the beach
  86. Make macrame candle holders and hang them. Light them at night.
  87. Transfer pictures to tiles
  88. Have a cake decorating party
  89. Make Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments for Christmas in July
  90. Have a waffle bar
  91. Make beaded spiders
  92. Make outdoor lighting.
  93. Make handmade soap with shells, etc. in them
  94. Make beach sand candles
  95. Make shell prints 
  96. Create a backyard sign of places we've traveled to.
  97. Camp in a yurt
  98. Make floating candles
  99. Make glue batik
  100. Go letterboxing
  101. Make a letterboxing kit with stamps, notebook, etc.
  102. Make our own personalized mugs with Sharpies
  103. Take a moonlit walk in PJ's
  104. Have a backyard campout
  105. Doodle on rocks
  106. Do pendulum painting
  107. Paint with condensed milk
  108. Put in and attend to a vegetable garden
  109. Have a garden party...eat dinner outside
  110. Make a firepit
  111. Make an outdoors pulley
  112. Make a bamboo wind chime
  113. Make a waterwall
  114. Make a pond in a barrel
  115. Get snowcones or ice cream bars from an ice cream truck
  116. Make a sand pile and a rock pile in the backyard
  117. Make a summer themed table cloth or picnic blanket.
  118. Catch frogs.
  119. Spray Garden stones with glow in the dark paint so that they will glow at night 
  120. Make a backyard chalkboard
  121. Start a collection and keep it all summer
  122. Play with ice.
  123. Raise silkworms
  124. Let paper lanterns go
  125. Take a summer park tour of all the parks in the area and have popcorn in the park one day and do science experiments at the park another day. Leave coins on the playground for children to find after we are gone.
  126. Make a bean teepee or a sunflower house
  127. Play with sidewalk chalk
  128. Go strawberry picking
  129. Celebrate James 13 1/2 birthday
  130. Paint with marbles
  131. Celebrate National Black Cow Day (June 10) or Celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day. (June 30)
  132. Go to a pet shop just for fun
  133. Make a tin can howler
  134. Make a fort in the woods or backyard
  135. Go see a play.
  136. Go to a Renaissance Fair
  137. Go to a Western Themed park
  138. Make a summer memories shadowbox.
  139. Have a tea time taste test
  140. Play games with rocks...how many can we come up with?
  141. Make a hovercraft
  142. Learn screenprinting
  143. Make a Camp Bergenholtz banner or sign.
  144. Make floating boat luminaries to float at night
  145. Make wire sculptures
  146. Get a dog
  147. Eat at a real diner.
  148. Make Alcohol Ink Drink Coasters
  149. Make a watermelon print summer table cloth.
  150. Make shrinky-dink rings
  151. Do textured coloring
  152. Go to Ms Pat's Pre-Bastile Day Party.
  153. Make plaster dipped flowers
  154. Make lavender wands
  155. Make beach houses with shell roofs
  156. Make an embroidered painting
  157. Eat Popsicles IN the swimming pool.
  158. Use our Rock Tumbler.
  159. Become acquainted with three local birds.
  160. Go on an “Early Bird” adventure. Get up at the crack of dawn, stay dressed in PJs for a sunrise picnic breakfast and walk on the beach.
  161. Go on one-on-one adventures with each child. Have them pick the destination.
  162. Go on a tour of Amazon Fullfillment Center in Middletown, Delaware.
  163. How many different natural places can we go this summer? Streams, fields, mountains, ponds....
  164. Make treasure jars for the things we find on our summer nature walks.
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For more Summer Fun ideas, check out my Summer Bucket List board on Pinterest.
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  1. As always, that is one impressive list! I hope you have the opportunity to do as many as your heart's desire :)

  2. How fun! I love "Get a Dog" ! :)

  3. What a grand list!!!! Next week is our finals week and the temps have already hit 90 here, so summer is just around the corner for us. I better start working on our summer bucket list!

    1. Already in the 90's? Wow!

  4. Well, you had me up until #134! You have an awesome list. It looks like you have a fun summer of exploring, adventuring, and celebrating ahead. Thanks for sharing at the party again this year!
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

    1. Yes, that one threw a lot of people! LOL We have been wanting one for awhile now, but puppies are hard to find in our area, especially if you want a mutt.

  5. I'm trying to decide if we're going to do a summer bucket list this year, at the rate we're going we'll still be finishing up school in July.

    1. Yes, I think we will be finishing up that late, too, but we will throw in some summer fun each week as well.

  6. I like the last one on the list - would be fun to see your photos if you do get a dog.

  7. Oh my, I'm feeling the need for a little nap just reading your list!! Goodness! I hope you all enjoy doing and then crossing off each one on the list!

  8. This list is full of so much Summer goodness! In fact I copy and pasted it to Word and added some and took away some. LOVE THIS!!!

  9. That is a great list. I think my list includes things like find a house, buy furniture, unpack, etc. I do hope we can include some fun things as well.

  10. Wow, I'm impressed that you have a list! I have one thing currently on my summer list . . . prepare for my summer volunteer trip to Cambodia. There are probably 100 things to do on that list!

  11. Hi Phyllis! Wonderful! I am as well inspired to make my own list :) Goodluck!

  12. You are going to get a dog? This is by itself is a multi-day summer project! Love your list. And, yes, things change as our kids get older...

  13. Just checking in. I haven't seen a post from you for awhile. I miss you and hope things are gong great!!

  14. Setting a dandelion on fire is on our list, too - we're just waiting for the dandelion bouquet in our kitchen windowsill to go to seed, and we're good to go :)

  15. Love this list!!!! Saving some of these amazing ideas for when the grandbaby is here.

  16. What a great list, I just might have to steal a few of these ideas ;)

  17. Oh you are checking things off already. We better get moving!

  18. That is an awesome list! I think I'll have to borrow this idea to keep the "I'm bored" comments at bay.


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