Summer is upon us {a bucket list}

Summer activities with your kids

Preschool is over; I can hardly believe it!  It’s time to start thinking about summer activities with the kids.  Last year, I came up with an awesome list of things to do in Raleigh. This summer, I decided to make a bucket list of things I want to do by the time preschool starts back up in September.

Both kids will be in camp for five weeks!  (WHAT?  Five weeks of mama time from 9-1, Monday through Thursday!  I see lots of writing time and a clean house in my future.)  But that still leaves a lot of time to fill.

Here are some of the things on our list:

1) Go to the zoo.

We have a great zoo about an hour away and I hope we visit at least once this summer.

2) Visit the Greensboro Science Center

I am really hoping to get a sitter for Miss E and take Bug on a day trip to this awesome science center. They have farm animals and Wallaby’s and tons more animals.  Plus at the end of June, their SciQuarium will open. The 22,000 square-foot, museum-aquarium complex will be North Carolina’s first inland aquarium.

3) Go to the beach at least three times.

We have a trip to St. Simons, Georgia and Myrtle Beach, SC already planned.  I’m hoping for a weekend jaunt to Wilmington or Emerald Isle as well.  We’ll have to see what we can plan over the next month or so.

4) Play in the rain.

My kids really enjoy splashing in the puddles, but I think every time it’s an ideal rain storm, we have to go somewhere.  I want to make sure they get at least one good, wet, rain dance in this summer.

5) Make ice cream.

Bug brought home a recipe from science class for ice cream made in a plastic bag.  We’re going to give it a try.  (I’ll be sure to post about it after the fact. This should be interesting!)

6) Go see a movie on the lawn at the NC Museum of Art

You can’t go wrong  with sitting on the lawn on a summer evening watching a good flick. Bonus if you can bring wine!

7) Take the train somewhere.

Whether it be Charlotte or DC, I’d love to get the kids on the train for a few days away.  Bug loves trains and Miss E. would get a kick out of riding on a choo-choo.

8) See a concert.

My kids love to dance and sing.  I’d love to take them to one of the summer evening concerts and enjoy a night out as a family.


That’s it for now!  What’s on your list of things to do before summer ends?



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  1. says

    Love the list! I need to come up with my own. Some local stuff, and some travel things.

    The train to DC is a lot of fun, we went a few years ago and the kiddo loved it!

  2. says

    A return to the science center in Greensboro is definitely on my “to do” list sometime later this year (can’t guarantee summer now that I’m working again). I grew up going to that museum – my dad lived just a few miles away.

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