You only get 18 summers with your kids. That is it. That’s such a short time, especially when you are already on your sixth summer with your child (still not sure how Willa got so big on me so fast). Last summer, I made a bucket list of all the things that I wanted to do with her. Although we had a wonderful summer together, the list did not get completed as I was VERY pregnant. So, I decided that I was going to rewrite a new bucket list for us this summer. I am sharing it below. I have posted generic ideas but also gotten more specific for all my local people!
Places to Go:
- Water Park – White Water is currently having a SALE on passes – check that out HERE. Also, the Cherokee Aquatic Center here in Canton is also so much fun and great for kids of all ages!
- Children’s Museum – The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville is fantastic for kids to visit! This would be a perfect rainy day activity.
- Tea Room – Willa and I love Tea Leaves & Thyme here in Woodstock – it is so delicious! We’ve also been wanting to visit the American Girl Doll Bistro at North Point Mall.
- Putt-Putt Golf – Mountasia in Marietta is where we always go for mini golf. They also have go-carts and an arcade!
- Bowling – At Stars and Strikes kids bowl FREE in the summer! They get two games free per day with the purchase of a shoe rental, which is less than $4. Register your child for FREE bowling HERE!
- Drive In Movies – The Swan Drive-In in Blue Ridge is one my sister and her family visit. We haven’t made it there ourselves yet, so I am excited to try it out this summer!
- Library – Your local library usually has lots of kids programs. For my local friends, find that info HERE. It’s great fun for Willa to go check out new books to read, and it’s also a great way to teach responsibility.
- Painting Pottery – Our favorite art studio ever is Paper.Scissors.Cake. in Woodstock. There is so much to do there, even beyond pottery! Look for open studio time to drop in and make an art project! They also offer summer camps, but I’m not sure if they have filled up.
- Farmer’s Market – For my local peeps, The Farmer’s Market at River Church is off Sixes Road on Tuesdays.
- Aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium is fantastic! You can check out their special offers HERE. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could drive to the Tennessee Aquarium and make a day of it. There are tons of fun things to do in Chattanooga!
Things to Do:
- Build an indoor fort – Gather every dining chair and blanket you have, assemble it in your house. Fill it with pillows and make a day of snuggling, reading books, and playing Uno in there! If you haven’t played Uno Attack yet, you need to purchase it. Willa LOVES it and Billy and I have a blast playing it, too!
- Bake a cake – Get in the kitchen and make a mess. Let your child decorate that cake however they want, no matter how ugly it turns out! It will still taste great! Willa and I love the Duff cake mixes – they are so neat!
- Make edible play dough – There is a recipe for that HERE. Give your child a rolling pin and some cute cookie cutters and they will be amused for hours!
- Water balloons/Sprinkler – I mean who doesn’t love running around in the backyard through the sprinkler?! I have so many fond memories of doing that as a child. Water balloon fights are also an awesome time! If you haven’t tried THESE that fill up all at the same time, it’s a water balloon game changer! You can fill them all in seconds!
- Park and Picnic – Pack a fun lunch and go play on the playground and find a nice shady spot to eat when you get hungry. This picnic basket backpack is ah-mazing! It comes with a cooler and a place setting for four people, including utensils! And, it’s only $30!
- Lemonade Stand – Make some lemonade with your kids and then put them to work! Ha! Seriously though, it’s a really fun way for your kids to learn to appreciate working hard and earning their own money. It’s also a great way to make some really fun memories. You can make your life even easier with this adorable pre-made stand. I SO wish I had had this as a kid.
- Go Fishing – Willa has been dying to go fishing. I used to go with my dad when I was younger, so we are planning on going with him. You’ll just need a cute little rod and a pond. Oh, and hopefully some fish!
- Make Ice Cream for Dinner – We always have ice cream for dinner the last week of summer. It is just something different than the norm that we enjoy doing once a summer. This summer we are going to make it and I found this cute little ball that you make it in. You fill it with your ice cream ingredients and then go out in the yard and throw it and kick it around until the ice cream forms! So fun!!
- Tie Dye Shirts – I can’t wait to do this with Willa. I found this tie dye kit to use. She loves anything artistic so I know she will have a ball with this!
- Rock Hunting – this may be for just my local people, but Woodstock Rocks is something fun for the kids. People are decorating rocks and hiding them at parks around the city for kids to go hunt. How adorable is that?! You could spend the day painting your own rocks to hide before you go searching for others. You could really step up your game with this Paint-a-Rock-Pet Kit.
I hope these activities inspire you and I’d love to see if you do any of them with your kids! Tag me on Instagram @abraggslife!