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If your kids are anything like mine, they are CRAZY EXCITED to be out of school!! But, they also get bored very easily. My boys are constantly busy. They don’t really stick to one activity for more than a few minutes, which makes for some really long days during the summer. So I have come up with a list of things to keep us busy during the summer! Some of these things we will do repeatedly. They have bubble guns and have already gotten their money’s worth out of them! Great purchase…Daddy level up points! And some of the things on the list, we will have to make a special trip to do. So hopefully this list will help you out, and you can capture some great family photos while you are at it!

The Summer Bucket List for Kids:

  • Go to the Sand Dunes
  • Visit a Children’s Museum
  • Go Bowling
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to the beach (see sand dunes for us)
  • Go fishing


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  • Make lemonade
  • Make homemade cookies
  • Play with bubbles (every day if you want)

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  • Have a water fight
  • Make popsicles
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Swimming (of course)
  • Make bird feeders (super easy: mini water bottles, cut small hole for plastic spoon to sit slanted, fill with bird seed, replace lid, tie twine around tip and hang on tree)
  • Cookouts
  • Splash pad
  • Visit the Planetarium
  • Visit a Farm
  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Go for hikes
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Go camping
  • Finger paint
  • Handprint art
  • Painting rocks to look like bugs
  • Play at the playground
  • Ride bikes at the park
  • Plan a picnic
  • Play card games
  • Teach them to cook a favorite recipe
  • Play board games
  • Movie day
  • Library summer reading program
  • Make cars out of boxes
  • Play dress up
  • Temporary Tattoo Day
  • Go to festivals
  • Play baseball
  • Play frisbee
  • Kids’ choice dinner
  • Make t shirts – you can use fabric paint and let them each paint their own design on their shirt
  • Build a card tower
  • Play dough dayalamosa colorado children's photography
  • Make paper airplanes – Usborne has a fantastic book for this called “200 Paper Planes To Fold and Fly”. It teaches you how to fold different types of paper airplanes.
  • Camp in backyard
  • Reading party
  • Snow cones
  • Photo booth
  • Write stories
  • Catch bugs
  • Plant flowers
  • Make and compete an obstacle course
  • Go to parades
  • Eat s’mores
  • Lego competition – see who builds the coolest lego invention, have an unbiased third party vote without knowing who built which one
  • Science Day – This is the book we have and it’s fantastic! My boys love it!! “101 Simple Science Experiments for Kids” 101 science experiments for kids
  • Water beads


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These are just some of the ideas that I came up with. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to know what your favorite summer activities are! And don’t forget to show me some family photos from your favorite activity or vacation! I hope you all have a fantastic summer and I hope to see some of your beautiful faces!

NOW BOOKING SUMMER AND FALL 2017 – if you would like to schedule your session click here and let’s chat about what type of session is right for you!

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