It's finally here. Summertime is in full effect. What better time than now to start getting back outdoors? Allergies are settled down (for some), the weather is nice, and there are so many fun things to do. I've come up with some ideas for a Summer Bucket list that I will be exploring with my family this year and I thought I'd just share them in case anyone wants to entertain a few.
#1 -Almost everyone lives somewhat close to a historical landmark. If you do and haven't experienced (or if it's been a good while since you last experienced) the fun right
under your nose, go ahead and stop taking it for granted. Go walk a bridge, visit a museum, a National Park, etc. Get out and explore with the family and make a day of it. You can teach the kiddos something while you are at it. Check the internet for local landmarks near you.
#2 -Build a terrarium. A friend of mine inspired this one for me. He just learned about making terrariums and quickly became awesome at it. It is not hard at all to get started with making
terrariums. This can be fun and educational. Start out by getting a good book about how to build
terrariums and visit a local nursery for plants. How to build a terrarium.
#3 -Add a bird bath and/or bird house to your back yard. I was in an arts and crafts store the other day and saw all kinds of bird houses and baths that you could design, paint, build, or even some that were ready made. This is surprisingly really affordable (can be under 20 bucks!) and could be a lot of fun for the kids as well as educational. See what The Bird Depot shares as well as good deals- How to make a bird house.
#4 -Make cake pops for the 4th of July. There are so many great 4th of July recipes out there right now. Here is one that I think I'm going to try from Taste and Tell Blog
OR if you want something a little more fruity, try blueberry/strawberry/whipped cream cups. This can also be prepared in one big dish. Red White and Blue desserts.
#5 -Go to the library to check out some good books and then read outside somewhere.
#6 -Make a lemonade stand. You can be as creative as you want with this one as far as building a stand. Otherwise, you can always buy one that is already made. Making the lemonade could be a fun creative part as well. You could even get fancy and have different flavor lemonades. Do you know some recipes for different lemonades besides lemon and strawberry? Please share!
#7 -Create an outdoor movie theatre. Project a movie outside in the backyard- have popcorn and grill up some dinner. There are many different selections of projectors and screens. Check Amazon and Walmart for some reasonable deals. I've even just used a white sheet for a screen and that worked just fine.
#8 -Go bowling or play miniature golf. This is easy and just plain fun; especially when you are with a good crowd.
#9 -Have a water balloon toss/play in the sprinklers and add water guns to the mix. Sometimes its just so hot and this is a great way to cool off. Check out Amazon for a cool selection of water guns and water toys.
#10 -Have a yard sale- Make a party out of setting it up and tearing it down at the end of the day. Who says a yard sale cant be fun? DIY life shares How to Hold a Profitable and Fun Yard Sale
#11 -Fly a kite! Simple fun that is priceless! Everything you need to know about kites.
#12 -Go bike riding to get lunch. That way you get fun time plus exercise before and after stuffing yourself!
#13 -Go to a beach and build a sand castle. I have no idea how to build a sand castle, but I sure want to. Here is some helpful info to get you started from what you need to how to build one.
#14 -Plant a garden. Don't have a suitable area? Get a half barrel and do a small garden with summer veggies or herbs. See what Eat Close To Home says about starting a garden from scratch.
Learn from DIY Network how to make a container theme garden.
#15 -Treasure walk. Give the kids each a little bucket. Go on a walk and let them collect treasures they find along the way – leaves, rocks, flowers, bugs. Don't let those "treasures" enter the house though! See how Erica Lineberry from Cragmama does Nature Hunts with her son.
So there you have it! Hope you try out something on this list to spread some fun into your summer this year. I would love to know more ideas that you could add. Please share in my comments section; especially ideas that can keep families within a reasonable budget.