It’s officially summer time, and the season of the summer bucket list has begun! I am sure you have seen them floating around, those lists of fun things to do with your kids. I love reading through them, but I admit, I start to wonder how many people actually get through the lists. There are enough ideas in most of them to last me a whole year!
When I started thinking about what I wanted to do this summer, I tried really hard to this outside of the bucket list box. You might have noticed that most of those lists say the same things, so these are a few ideas I came up with to help keep the summer focused on family, country, and our faith!
Celebrate the food holidays.
Do you know there is a food holiday practically every day of the summer? I don’t recommend celebrating every one of these (unless you want to gain 20 pounds from all those sweets!), but I think making a big deal of a few obscure holidays as a family can be a fun time of bonding and memories. Check out these lists for all the food holidays. I have my eye on Strawberry Shortcake Day (June 14th), and Watermelon Day (August 3rd).
Do an Independence Day study.
Do you want to know one of the pities of the school year schedule in America? We never get to study our nation’s founding close to our actual Independence Day. For those of you in the USA, why not do your own little study leading up to the 4th of July? This does not have to be boring – make it fun! Plan some outings to local historical sites, find some patriotic coloring sheets, do some American-history inspired crafts, get some Lego kits featuring our national buildings or monuments, or rent some books and movies about the founding from your local library.
Memorize a Bible passage or work through a devotional together.
The school year is usually packed with activities, sometimes leaving little room to breathe – on the other hand, summer is notorious for the lack of a schedule. If the school year has been too crazy to implement a family devotional routine, summer is a great time to start one. Pick a devotional book to read over breakfast each morning, or find a simple Bible passage to memorize together in the car as you drive to all your summer activities.
Play the tourist.
One thing that the generic summer bucket lists on Pinterest can not do is include all the local tourist attractions in your specific area – and I think it’s so easy to forget to take advantage of the interesting things to do in your own community. Consider visiting your local community center and pick up a few pamphlets. Playing the tourist in your own backyard can build your family’s sense of your community, and it makes any day feel like a vacation.
Don’t plan anything.
There is not a lot of value placed on rest in our culture, but sometimes a little space and time to do nothing can be really beneficial, especially for kids. Leaving space in your schedule can give your kids (and yourself) time to refresh and explore interests and hobbies that you may not have time to dig into the rest of the year. We also need some quiet times in our schedule to give our souls room to breathe and reflect on who God is and what He has done. That’s even why God originally instituted the Sabbath, to give the Israelites some quiet time to focus on Him! So plan some fun things this summer, but also plan some time to rest and turn your minds to higher things.
For more non-typical summer bucket list ideas, check out this post from Tommy Nelson Mom Traci Little on Kicking Off Summer!
What is on your “summer bucket list”?