Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Summer Bucket List

Every summer I have all these things in mind to do with the kids. Some get accomplished. Some don't. Often time gets away from me before I get to do some of the things I really want to do. I have yet to plan our summer travel, so this list is just for some nearby fun or day trips. 

So far summer is off to a nice start. The kids have only been out of school for one week. Actually, my two youngest only got two full weekdays off and then started summer enrichment classes on Monday. My 7-year-old, who really wanted to be in the "Camp Invention" class, was really bummed when the class was filled and he couldn't get in. He ended up in "Deep Sea Dive" where he's studying all about the ocean and underwater creatures. Sounds fun to me. 

My 8-year-old is in the "Summer Musical" class. He was in the same class last year. He's my ham...always singing and VERY dramatic, so it's a nice fit for him. At the end of the class, there's a play that the parents get to come an watch. They go Monday through Thursday, so I plan to pack things in on Fridays and perhaps do some afternoon activities during the week. This year I wrote it all down, so I can check things off as we go along. (I've already got a few checked off!) Some will have more than one check mark next to them, I'm sure, like trips for ice cream or to the movies. Some are free. Some are inexpensive. Some are costly. So, I know not all are going to happen, but these are all reasonable things that are either very local or within an hour or so drive. I'm hoping to at least get half way through the list of 50 items. Do you have a summer bucket list? What are some of your favorite summer activities?

Summer Bucket List

Pool visit (maybe get passes)
X                     Sand Ridge Nature Center
Zig E’s Funland
Albanese Candy Co.
Deep River Water Park
X                     Library visit
Chelberg Farm
Wicker Park Splash Pad
Calumet City Fun Center
X                     Indiana Dunes
Frozen Yogurt Express in Munster
X                     Free Movie at Lansing 8
                        Zoo (Broofield or Washington Park)
                        Picnic at a local Park
                        Kite flying
X                     Berry Picking (strawberries)
                        Downtown day via Metra train
                        Roller Skating (free passes from school)
X                     Tyler’s Tender (free kid meal from birthday club)
                        Mini Golf
                        Wihala Beach
X                     49-er Drive In
                        Berry Picking (blueberries)
                        Green Lake Aquatic Center
                        Zoa Island
X                     Cubs game
                        Splash Pad (either Homewood or Valpo – one we haven’t been to)
                        Tyler’s Tender (take report cards – 5 tokens for each A)
                        Hollywood Park
                        Car Show
                        Out for a family breakfast
                        Boat ride                     
                        Find a new park to visit
                        County fair
                        Minor league baseball game
                        Try Dairy Belle in Hammond
                        Hoosier Theatre
Try a new restaurant
                        Movie in the Park
X                     Attend a parade
                        Overnight at a campground
                        Farmer’s Market
                        Summer Concert
X                     Dairyville
                        Vintage Base Ball Game
                        Navy Pier
                        Cruise Night


Ochi Bernadas said...

Hey, I'm a new follower! Found you thru the MMM blog hop! Wow, you have a lot in your bucket list! I hope you get to cross out the cruise, I'm sure it'll be fun! Nice photos, btw! What camera are you using?

Follow back? :)


Melissa Ryan said...

Hey I am a new follower. I found you on the Make My Morning blog hop. I am wanting to make a summer bucket list too!

Emily Sung said...

New follower from the Make My Morning Hop!

Love the idea of a summer bucket list.

Please visit and follow back!

Carrie said...

Hi, ladies. Will head over and check your pages. Thanks for stopping by. On the camera question, it's a Nikon D60. :)