Summer Bucket List

Soph got an actual bucket, decorated it, and stuffed it with slips of paper on which we wrote down ideas for the summer. My plan is that, whenever she is bored this summer (which may be every single day), we’ll reach into the bucket, pull out a slip of paper, and do that. Here’s our list so far:

  • Make giant bubbles
  • Throw water balloons
  • Have a kids-in-charge-of-meals day
  • Make a waterfall wall
  • Go to a puppet show
  • Make our own puppet show
  • Visit the library
  • Visit the zoo
  • Visit a museum
  • Bounce at our YMCA’s gymnastics open gym
  • Meet daddy for lunch at his work
  • Go to the local airport to watch planes take off
  • Watch the hang-gliding above Blacks’ beach
  • Tidepooling
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Finger-knitting
  • Rock-painting
  • Sew a stuffed-animal alien
  • Play at Quail botanical gardens
  • Go to the beach a lot
  • Playdates, a lot
  • Have Soph’s first sleepover
  • Commit random acts of kindness
  • Draw sidewalk chalk pictures
  • Visit the park
  • Go stand-up paddleboarding
  • Swimming
  • Visit the rock-climbing gym
  • Use our microscope
  • Make a banana split
  • Fly a kite
  • Bake cookies
  • Needlepoint
  • Make ice cream
  • Use our terrarium
  • Write a letter to a relative
  • Explore our art cabinet
  • Visit USS Midway ship
  • Stay up late and watch the stars
  • Teach Everett new words
  • Go through our closets to find toys to give to kids who don’t have many
  • Pick up litter
  • Visit our local donut shop
  • Visit Soph’s favorite diner
  • Hear Hullabaloo
  • Watch the park construction near us

What do you all think? Have any suggestions to add?

Soph’s in half-day camps for half of the summer. I believe kids need free time, and I didn’t want to overschedule her. Everett will be in daycare three days a week. I’ll be trying to finish final manuscript revisions, revise my intro course (because I’m a martyr who couldn’t leave well enough alone), teach my online summer-school classes, and also go on our family hiking and camping trips.

That’s the plan, at least.

I’m only a little worried about this.

We already went through a brief but intense phase of spending hours each day finger-weaving — and school is not even out yet.


4 responses to “Summer Bucket List

  1. Alicja Ellis

    I love this list and will definitely copy a lot of your ideas ! I would also add Lux, San Dieguito Heritage museum, home depot saturdays, garden store (weidners gardens is super cute!) and possibly a train/trolley ride 🙂

  2. Leonie

    i like the actual bucket part of the list… we might skip the bucket itself but i love the idea of giving the boys the chance to list all the things they’d like to do this summer… maybe we’ll make a big ole list on our kitchen blackboard wall (and can then cross them out when we do them). definites on ours are things like playing at some of the neighborhood water fountains (which are really kid focused around here). biking down to our river for a picnic. riding the tram. though public transportation in general’s good. hiking to waterfalls a definitely (probably our version of the beach) and lots and lots of backyard play time. yay for summer time with no plans. it’s SO good for them. have fun out there elaine!!

  3. Aunt Marla

    Fun list, Elaine!

    Watching the stars and finding at least one new park we’d never been to before were among our kids’ favorite summer activities. Summer, as you know, has several meteor showers so try scheduling your star-party for one of those peak nights. If Sophie doesn’t know already, she can learn to ID the Big Dipper, and from there to “arc to Arcturus” and “spike down to Spica”. Is she still interested in Hawaii? Arcturus has been a very special star to the Hawaiians, as it crossed the Hawaiian islands at/near the zenith, from east to west, helping them navigate the Pacific in canoes. Would she like to ride a canoe? You and Ben can paddle with the kids in the middle.

    Have fun, family! XOX

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