Normally, I like to make a Summer Bucket List to make the most of summer with my kids, it’s filled with ideas for little trips and visits to pools and playgrounds. This year, the pandemic has made me wary of doing anything unnecessary when it comes to public spaces. Everyone has a different level of risks, that’s why the five ideas below are pretty pandemic-friendly. (Who thought that was a sentence I would write this year!) I tried to think a little outside the box of the usual (great) ideas, of kiddie pools and sprinklers, and hopefully the activities below will be ones you can incorporate into your bucket list and enjoy!
- Camping in the backyard - the good thing about this idea, is that it can be simple or elaborate, depending on how much camping equipment you own or the size of your backyard. If you don’t have a tent, you can just lay out a picnic blanket and stargaze until it’s time to go to sleep inside. If you have all the bells and whistles, you can pitch a tent, make breakfast outside, string up lights - the works. You can set up a day camp, or go through the night. If you have kids your kids play with, you can make it a playdate!
- Scavenger hunt - buy little prizes for the kids, download scavenger hunt ideas from Pinterest that make sense for your kids age and where you live, and have fun! They’ll be busy running around looking for different leaf shapes, and you can enjoy their excitement from your lounge chair.
- Explore local trails - If you don’t have the AllTrails App, now is a good time to download it and see what trails you can explore with your kids. I thought I knew all the trails near us already, but I was surprised! You can sort through trials by “best view” or “least traveled” if you’re worried about groups of people.
- Library reading challenge - most libraries are open with different policies or hours, and many, like ours, have reading challenges with prizes the kids can participate in. Most library systems have a way to get ebooks, so if you’d like to avoid going into the library at all, you can do that! Check out your local library’s website to see what they have going on!
- Visit a local farm - immigrant kids like me always had trips to the local farm to pick strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers - you name it. My mom would then pickle / preserve what we didn’t eat. Google around for what local farms are doing in your area, and what days they have “pick your own” by the bushel or half bushel. You get a great deal on local, freshly picked fruit, support your local economy, your kids are outside in nature - it’s one of the best things you can do! Also, most farms have some animals grazing around, so your kids can probably look at the farmers pet goats or llamas as part of the experience.
Those are some of the ideas that we had for you guys, now it’s time for me to make my Summer Bucket List and schedule some of these in! I hope you all found these useful!
Thanks for reading!