Bring it on Summer Break


PSAHow many mamas are super stoked about summer break being around the corner? Who is ALSO excited for the all day-every day bickering, whining, complaining there is nothing to do, and the sudden need to eat every 3.5 seconds?! Yeah, me neither. BUT what I’m really excited for is to cross things off of our Summer Bucket List!

This is a really fun activity to do with kids! Each spring the kids, hubby, and I sit down and make a list of things we want to do once school is out. We call it our Summer Bucket List. It’s a lot of fun to do, and it gives them a chance to get pumped for summer and all the OUTDOOR things they can do. Sorry X Box but you can hibernate until further notice.


Here are just a few things we like to put on our list (some new, some reoccurring)

  1. Go to the neighborhood pool.
  2. Take a day trip to a local amusement park.
  3. Go berry picking at a u-pick farm.
  4. Spend the day at the local metro park.
  5. Clean the house (haha can you guess whose suggestion that was?)
  6. Make DIY Bug Spray with Mom’s essential oils. (seriously — I have the BEST recipe and IT WORKS. Holla atcha girl if you want the scoop. My kids LOVE DIY with oils and it’s NONE of those toxic chemicals that come in regular bug spray)
  7. Take a family bike ride.
  8. Check out the local ice cream spots on said bike ride above.
  9. Hop over to the library for books (rainy day activity)
  10. Make a lemonade stand and learn what it’s like to have your own little business–and business partners. (secret teaching moment here ladies! just sneak it right in there!)
  11. Head to northern Michigan for the day exploring new beaches and lighthouses.
  12. Kayaking at a local metro park for the day.
  13. An entire day of the parents saying “Yes”(I might regret this one, I’ll let ya’ll know if there are any casualties).
  14. A day at an old school arcade room. (another perfect rainy day activity)
  15. Write letters to their friends who moved out of state.
  16. Spend the night at their grandparent’s house for the night. (hello date night! and they LOVE sleep over’s with their grandparents)
  17. One-on-one time with each parent. (super important to do. each kid should have some one-on-one time. It’s not hard to carve out some time and it makes them feel special.)
  18. Build a tent in the family room and have a family movie night.
  19. Random acts of kindness day. (Spend the day doing nice random acts for neighbors, friends and even strangers.)
  20. Annual family water balloon fight. (I truly believe my husband is more excited about this than the kids are.)

That’s just to name a few, but the ideas are ENDLESS and when you write out a list TOGETHER, it kind of eliminates the arguing and whining of “there is nothing to do”. All ya gotta do is point to the list. We personally like to make it look like a checklist, so each time we did something, the kids can check it off! And seriously, even my ten year old loves doing this. So it’s totally for ALL ages! Can I get an AMEN mamas!?

If you were to make a Summer Bucket List, what would yours say? I know drinking Bell’s Oberon by a bonfire on a beach is at the top of my personal list, just sayin’. No judging here!


2 comments on “Bring it on Summer Break”

  1. With no little ones to entertain, Summer is a bit different at our house. My son is on break from college so we spend some time watching shows and movies together. It’s wonderful to bond with an adult child…it can take time to work out the boundaries, but it’s pretty rad once it happens.

    I love that graphic Jess. Made me LOL for real. ❤

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    1. That graphic is my favorite thing to post every spring! LOL
      And I totally enjoy spending time with my parents as an adult now. You’re right about the boundaries thing, but after figuring that out — it’s actually a lot of fun!

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