It's the last week of school and my kids are excited for summer! So we sat down to make our annual Summer Bucket List!
For the last several years we have used this template for our Summer Bucket List and have had good success with it. It helps us narrow down our ideas, and it also helps us plan out and think through our activities monthly. It can be a little overwhelming to think of the whole summer, so breaking it up into stretches, likes months, helps make it more manageable. Our Summer Bucket Lists over the years (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013) have not only created a lot of great memories, but several have become family traditions.
So let's dig into this year's list a bit further! To start with we will go to the calendar activities. Each month we think of an activity or two that matter the most to us. In June, we always look forward to our annual Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip and we are looking forward to Yurting with friends. In July we are going to be busy preparing for and exhibiting at our local Franklin County Fair. To end the summer, in August, we are excited for our community VBS and going on a family vacation. We don't have our vacation plans finalized yet, but we are planning on road tripping to the state of Michigan. So if you have any suggestions, share them in the comments below!
Now moving onto our bullets for this year. I feel like my whole family does well when we have some routine to our day and week and this year the kids wanted to be sure we included a weekly golf day. Luckily for us, the town we live next to has a nice 9 hole golf course that we are members of that is nice for kids to learn on (golfing and driving the golf cart...). Besides regular golfing the kids also requested we go mini-golfing this summer.
We are also excited to go on some adventures this summer including touring O'Brien County, Iowa in Northwest Iowa and checking out different county Freedom Rocks. This winter we spent a weekend in Dubuque, Iowa, and the kids were intrigued by the Fenelon Place Elevator, which is the world's shortest and steepest railroad. It is open seasonally from April through November so we told the kids we'd make a return trip to take a round trip up and down the bluff.
The kids are also excited to do lots of backyard camping in our tent this summer as well as getting in lots of swimming! They also have been asking for a "Yes Day" and I think they have convinced my husband and I to say yes to it... We just need to pick a day.
What is on your summer bucket list? Do you have any recommendations to help us complete ours?