Summer Bucket Lists

By: Vanessa Armstrong/

Summer is in full swing and if your kids are anything like mine, you’ve probably already heard, “I’m bored”, “I don’t want to go outside”, “can we play video games?” 5,000 times already. I’m sure you’ve been browsing Pinterest, pinning summer bucket list ideas, or at least thinking about creating one, I thought I’d give you a little insight from a seasoned mom that has spent her fair share of money and sanity creating those fun little bucket lists.

My oldest just turned 13, and back in 2009 when she was 4, I became a stay at home mom for the first time after 10 years in the Air Force. That first summer was pretty busy with moving and family commitments, so no one was really that bored. The following summer when she was 5 and our first son was 2 I thought one of these summer bucket lists would keep us all sane! Wrong! I tried writing a bunch of fun things down on popsicle sticks and let the kids draw them out of a jar. Well you know what, the weather wasn’t right, or I was exhausted or we just didn’t have the extra money to do it that day, so that idea faded away. Another summer I saw one that each day of the week had a different theme; “Make it Monday”, “Take a Trip Tuesday”, “Thoughtful Thursday” etc. That one fizzled out pretty quickly too. I’m 99% sure I still have craft supplies shoved around my house from those two failed bucket list summers. By the time I had my 3rd baby I was over the summer bucket list idea completely. But I still wanted to have something fun to do without over planning our summers.

What I have found that works great for our family is a nice, simple list. We include things I know we can pull off and maybe a few bigger things that may not happen. The kids know that if we don’t cross everything off this summer, we can just keep it on the list for next summer. I like to ask them if they have any ideas they’d like to add to our list as well. Now, maybe you love the themed days of the week or a random selection of activities, if that’s your idea of a good time, awesome! Summers will always be a magical part of childhood, no matter how you spend them, remember to have fun, laugh, and enjoy each other! You are making memories your children will look back on fondly.

If you need help creating a summer bucket list, visit the Lenawee Great Start Calendar or Lenawee Great Start Facebook Page to find fun activities and events happening in and around Lenawee County.



Vanessa Armstrong is one of our Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. Before joining Lenawee Great Start, Vanessa worked as a photographer and served in the United States Air Force of 10 years. She is a Florida native who has been living in Tecumseh with her husband Sean and their 3 children, Keira, Cooper and Harper since 2010.

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