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Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Summer Bucket List

Every year as the Summer holidays approach I panic. I panic because with four kids(by week 2 they are usually referred to as monsters or animals) to entertain over six weeks I know the empty bank balance, barren cupboards and headache is on its way. 

Just before New Years Day, we make a bucket list(we don't do resolutions) of all of the things we'd like to achieve throughout the year and just before Christmas we make a list of all the activities we'd like to do, days out and events we'd like to attend. It kind of keeps us on track to some extent and helps with the ever increasing cost of it all but we've never really sat down and made a Summer bucket list.....until this year that is!

We usually have a rough idea of the things we want to do and when we'll be away but its more a 'all in my head not on paper anywhere don't question me I'm the Mumma' type of list.

We sat as family(minus my big girl who is apparently too grown up and will be 'making that money' this Summer) and took it in turns to suggest things we'd like to do over the Summer and made a list.  

There are some things on the list that will take a little planning, some adventurous ones from my kids, some pretty easy going, lazy afternoon activities and some yummy suggestions.......and don't forget my DIY suggestions that didn't go down all that well.

1.     Have a picnic

2.     Go go-karting

3.     Go fishing

4.     Our annual visit to a pick your own farm

5.     Visit Chessington World of Adventures

6.     Go to the seaside

7.     Have a board game day

8.     Make a confetti cake

9.     Have a BBQ

10.   Go bowling

11.   Go rock climbing

12.   Have a movie night

13.   Visit the New Forest

14.   Go the the local adventure playground

15.   Redecorate the hallway

16.   Spend the afternoon on the South Bank

17.   Go on a boat ride

18.   Redecorate the bathroom

19.   Make Summer scrapbooks

20.   Take more couple selfies

20 things may not seem like lots to occupy four kids over 6 weeks BUT we have 2 weekend breaks booked and a week long UK holiday planned and the two boys are away for a week each(different weeks just to add to my confusion) with the local youth club they attend so that will be plenty.

Now all I've got to do is plan the who's, what, where, whys and when my fairy Godmother is dropping off the cheque to pay for all of this!

What are your plans for the Summer?

Emma xoxo


  1. What a great idea! We always get to the end of Summer and then realise we didn't do have of what we wanted to do. Off to make a list now...

    1. This is exactly the reason we did it. I always have regrets about time wasted during the holidays so this way we'll have a nice balance of activities and rest days!

  2. There are some fab ideas. Bowling I love. Rock climbing is amazing. Sailing and boating are must do activities and some of my favs x

  3. My 6 year old loves making a list of things she'd like to do and a summer holiday list sounds just the thing although I'm not sure that she and her 10 year old brother will agree on quite a few of her preferences!

    1. Finding activities that suit all the ages in our house(16,13,9 & very nearly 3) can be a headache but this way everyone gets to pick an activity they like.

  4. Sounds like a great Summer bucket list. I used to work just around the corner from The South Bank and they always have loads of free children's activities on during the summer holidays. When I went for dinner at the Oxo Tower last week I saw they had made the beach on The South Bank as well, so you could pretend you're at the seaside when you're there :-)

    1. We literally live a 20 minute bus ride away from the South Bank so always find it a nice afternoon out but equally because we do live so near we often take it for granted and forget it's there. The beach and fountains are definitely favourites with my kids!

  5. This is such a good idea - I have pretty much zero funds for this summer so need to think of some low cost activities and things for us to do. Kaz

  6. I love the idea of making summer scrapbooks that's not something I would have thought of I'll have to add that to our list!

  7. Oo it sounds like a busy summer for you all! I love the idea of writing down what you want to achieve - an easy way to make the most of each day :)

  8. This is a great idea! Sounds like a great mix between fun and relaxation. We have an annual bucket list which I’m hoping to tick off some this holiday since we are a little far behind on it!! X

  9. Love the idea of making summer scrapbooks. We have one holiday planned but that’s it at the mo.

  10. I feel the same about the holidays. Sort of. Currently we are all so tired I am really looking forward to the break from the school run but I know by week 2 I'll be counting down until their return. There's no winning ;)
    But this list is great, I have quite a few of these activities on mine to get through the next 6 weeks.

  11. What a fun list, we've never been on a pick-your-own trip before!

  12. Great idea! Think I’m going to do this too- we love bowling.

  13. A great list. I hope you get through the list. You will have to let us know how you got on.

    John M