What’s On Your Summer Bucket List?

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It’s summer and the kids are out of school and the comment ” I am bored” is constant everyday. When I was a kid this never happened.  

We could not wait to get outside. All the kids in the neighborhood would get together and we would  ride our bikes for hours!  We played Kick The Can, Marbles, Red Light, Hide and Seek, and  Skipping Rope. Great Memories!

 Even as we grew into the * teenage* years we always found things to do.  There were sleepovers, church dances, learning to drive, doing to movies, and going to the gas station on the corner for penny candy.  

But today is so different.We recently had  4 of our grandkids over and we went to the Jump Park, treated them to lunch,  and went to half price drinks at Sonic in the afternoon.

They wanted  a Slip-n-Slide so of course we bought one (grandma is such a pushover) and after a while they were BORED AGAIN!

Summer is not all about how much money we have to spend.  First off enjoy the FREE Summer activities that your community offers like movies in the park, library activities and more.

Let me make a list of what to do in the Summertime that does not involve a lot of money but just FUN!

Make a Fairy House….Get all the details from Southern Living.

Make homemade ice cream in a can

Make a Water Slide with a tarp and a hose…via Happy Hooligans.


Go see the Fireworks on the 4th of July.

Set up a Lemonade Stand and raise some money for a Good Cause Like Somewhat Simple.

Visit an amusement park or water park.

Eat Shaved Ice….with recipes from Home Healthy Soda.

Go camping in the backyard or at a campsite. 

Make Tin-Can Stilts. Remember this classic from your own childhood? Easy Instructions From Ginger Snap Crafts.

Bake Different Kinds Of Cookies (Make sure you try the  $400 Cookie recipe from Fun Cheap or Free!

Tie Dye a tee-shirt with Sharpies. Tutorial From Natural Beach Living.

Go to the Fair….stuff yourself with elephant ears, and and watch your 4-H kids beam with pride as they care for and show their animals. (When I was a kid I entered the fair and won Blue Ribbons for my cookies and bread. It was so much fun!)

Have a Yes day. (Thanks Red Tri)

Thanks to Kids Bowl Free,  play up to Two Games a day Free of Charge. 

Your Kids can go to  Participating Cinemark (movies shown on Tues. and Thurs.) and Regal Theaters (movies shown on Tues. and Wed.) to Watch a Fun Kids Movie For ONLY $1.00!

Play Water Balloon Baseball….Even teens will play! Get the Tutorial at Overstuffed Life.
Learn how to make a Movie Screen with PVC pipes and sheets from Lou Lou Girls  and Host an Outdoor Movie Night. Pop some Popcorn, and break out those inflatable mattresses and pool floats for seating. 

Make Root Beer Sherbet..via Just Jenn Recipes.

Have a puzzle race with your kids . Use 100-piece puzzles and see who finishes first.


National Park Service Junior Rangers….Nearly all National Parks have a Junior Ranger Program for kids ages 5-13. Kids do activities during a visit to the park or several visits, and receive an Official Junior Ranger patch and certificate at the end.

Maker  Camp….Organized by Make Magazine, this online (via Google+) camp and on-site camp (via select local libraries) inspires kids ages 13-18.

Workshops start over the six weeks from July 7th to August 15th at 11 PT and cover music, science, technology, design and other types of projects.

Get out the crayons or markers and create your own Longest Picture as a family…. In Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and her Father, the Quimby father and daughter work together to draw The Longest Picture in the World. (Love Her Books!)

Make a Bored Jar….Get the tutorial at Mum in the Mad House.

Make “S’mores Often..Chocolate + Marshmallow+ graham Cracker = Summer.

Have a Great Summer!




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