Things to do with the kids this summer

Summer 2010. Bay City, Michigan.

June 20th is the official first day of summer this year. But today it’s over 80 degrees out there, the bees are buzzing around like mad and we only have 16 days of school left. All this means I’m thinking Summery Thoughts today, which made me remember that this time last year I was seeing lots of “Summer Bucket Lists” on the blogs.

A little googling turned up quite a few lists from last year, including one person doing a “Summer Bucket List Party.” I wish that meant I got to attend all of the fun stuff she has planned for the summer, but it doesn’t. It just means other people are linking to their summer lists on her page, which is also fun even if it isn’t a hot dog roast under the stars.

Anyway, I thought this year I might make my own list of things that would be fun to do this summer. I would be terribly surprised if we actually did everything on the list, but it’ll give us somewhere to start when the I’m Boreds begin. By which I mean yesterday, because someone is bored every 15 minutes.

(Fact: My mom used to tell me that “only boring people get bored” when I told her I was bored. I always thought that was kind of mean. She also told me she played with sticks and rocks when she was a kid. Which tells me that she was definitely bored, too.)

Things That Would Be Fun To Do This Summer

  • Pick strawberries
  • Get ice cream from an ice cream truck
  • Make homemade pickles
  • Visit the farmers market. { June 1. We bought a bag of marshmallow bits, fresh corn, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, trail mix and Swedish fish. }
  • Make sun prints
  • Send someone a care package
  • Play on a slip-and-slide
  • Make sidewalk paint
  • Catch lightning bugs
  • Wade in a creek. { May 28. And it made us want to go camping. }

    Yep, those are my toes.

  • Go fishing
  • Make homemade marshmallows
  • Go on a boat ride
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Play mini golf
  • Make tie-dye shirts
  • Take a nap outside
  • See an outdoor concert; take a picnic
  • Host an movie night in the backyard
  • Make jam
  • Pick blueberries at Rockford’s grandmother’s house
  • Complete a summer reading program
  • Make International Food Passports for the kids
  • Let Poppy set up a lemonade stand. { June 2. In conjunction with our yard sale. She made $17! }
  • Make popsicles
  • Make mud pies
  • Do an ice excavation
  • Sit back and unwind
  • I found inspiration for my list from “50 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List” at Daring to Live Fully. What are your plans for the summer?

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