Even though we are at the end of summer, it’s not too late to finish off that summer bucket list!


Summer Bucket List




At first, it seemed like the last day of school would never come.  But then it arrived and passed in a flash … there were thrills at the amusement park, unforgettable camp adventures, memory-making family vacations, endless days spent splashing at the pool … the list goes on and on.


The kids could use some structure, and mama could use just one day where she doesn’t have to pick up wet bathing suits from the floor, separate kids battling over tablet time, and remind them — as they sigh heavily and roll their eyes — that their summer chores will just take 10 minutes out of their day. Just. Ten. Minutes.


Summer Bucket List



Anyway, let’s not digress. Instead, let’s soak up the time we have left before the kids disappear back into the daily routine that comes with school. Here are 10 things to do with kids before summer ends:


Spend a night outside.

Go camping as a family, even if it’s just in your own backyard. That time together creates fun and simple memories of finding constellations, making a perfectly roasted marshmallow, and giggling over not-so-scary stories around the campfire.


Play a full game of Monopoly.

OK, it doesn’t have to be Monopoly, but finding time for a game night will be much harder once school started. Plan at least one evening of game night fun before summer ends so you can crown a family champion.


Go visit that park you haven’t found time for.

Maybe it’s not a park, but a hiking trail. Or a new restaurant. Or a new local attraction. Now is the time to find the time!


Summer Bucket List


Get to the water.

There’s something about spending an afternoon at the water — whether it’s an ocean, a lake, a pool, or a stream — that makes people unwind and relax. Skipping stones, digging holes, diving under over and over … being on the water is what summer memories are made of.


Take a long bike ride.

Spending time together leisurely exploring your town on two wheels is the perfect way to spend a late summer day. Stop at your favorite restaurant for lunch, or pack a picnic to make a day of it.


Eat more ice cream.

I mean, do we really need to expound on this?


Summer Bucket List


Close down your local amusement park.

Amusement parks are fun during the day, but after dark when the lights come on, they are magical. Give the kids the experience of staying until closing time at least one night before the season ends.


Be a tourist in your own town.

Visit the local museums. Eat at the local restaurants. See the sights the tourists don’t miss. You and your kids will gain a new appreciation for what makes where you live special.


Go to a drive-in.

Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie. Don’t have a drive-in nearby? Make your own “theater” outside by showing a movie in your garage. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy!


Go back-to-school shopping.

Kids everywhere love back-to-school shopping. Get them excited about the school year by taking them out to choose new shoes, outfits, and school supplies.


Shared from our friends Sandy Springs Macaroni Kid.  LIKE THIS ARTICLESandy Springs Dunwoody Macaroni Kid is a free weekly newsletter and website focused on fun family events and information in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville, Atlanta, and Perimeter.






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Stephanie is a wife and mom of two, a Virtual Assistant, freelance writer and Social Media maven. Stephanie is also the owner of The Autism Diva - a travel, lifestyle blog and special needs resource as she is raising a non-verbal son with Autism. The Autism Diva covers events in the metro Atlanta area and New England. Also hosts giveaways, reviews, recipes and more. With a background in Business and Finance, she left it all behind to be a stay-at-home mom and also homeschools both her kids. Coffee is a must and while life can be crazy, she wouldn't have it any other way.

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