Summer Bucket List: Why Your Family Needs One

Recently there has been a clip circulating on Facebook saying you only get 18 summers with your child so make them count. This really hit home to me. 18…just 18 summers. In fact, I’ve only got 15 left and I’m guessing the final few of those will be spent with us folks under duress so maybe it’s more like 12 childhood summers. Hence the need for a summer bucket list.

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Time is Short

With the great British weather being what it is, we generally only get a few precious weeks of sunshine. Although so many activities can be done when the sun’s not shining there are definitely certain memories that can only be created when it’s hot.

The Days are Long

The longer days offer us the chance to spend more time outside and together as a family. This is something we should all be striving to do more of. So get out your pad and start making a list of things you want to do with your family this summer.

There are so many free or cheap events going on you just need to find them. Ask in forums online, check out your library or community centre notice boards. No doubt you’ll stumble upon summer fetes, concerts in the park, family fun days and so much more to add to your summer bucket list.

So Many Options

Last year, I wrote a list of 100 life experiences to give your child before they start school. Loads of these are perfect for summer and not limited to preschool children. Why not try backyard camping or take a boat ride on a nearby lake? Summer is the perfect time to add a little adventure to your days. Share on X

Over dinner, one night we discussed what everyone wanted to do this summer. Being only 3.5yrs old, this took some prompting and suggestions from us. Yet we were led by ideas they liked the sound of or got them excited. By getting them involved, we knew the activities were ones they really wanted to do.

Summer Bucket List On Display

On a giant piece of paper we wrote up the best ideas for all to see. Now we can plan our weekends or family time around these. Ideally we’ll cross them all off before the end of summer. They’ll be there to motivate us to get the boring jobs done so we can have fun as a family.

What do you want to do this summer with your family? Have you written them down? …Maybe you should.

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Summer Bucket List Template



2 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List: Why Your Family Needs One

  1. This is such a lovely idea – the summer holidays seem to be endless at the start of the break, but the days whizz by so fast, it’s easy to waste them. I can see this being a great prompt to doing more!

    1. It’s so easy to just see where the days take you but for me we just end up doing nothing, I’m definitely a planner.

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