Summer Break Bucket List

It’s May. That means school will be out sooner than I’m probably ready for. I’m certainly ready for sleeping in past 6AM, but I’m not sure about the rest of it. Let’s face it. Summer break sounds great in theory, but the reality is it is exhausting, frustrating, annoying, overwhelming, and exhausting. Did I mention exhausting? Maybe not physically exhausting, but for this introvert, it’s some serious mental Olympics. There’s no break. No personal time. No space to breathe.

Don’t get me wrong. I love summer. I love freedom and relaxation. I love spending this extra time with my kiddos. Adventuring and creating. Quality time and memories.

Kansas City Family Summer Fire Pit Backyard Photography

The best course of action for this introverted mama is to have a plan. To have some sort of schedule and routine. I want to make summer break as memorable and exciting as I can for my kiddos while still reserving enough energy for myself.

I’ve decided to put together a Summer Break Bucket List. A giant list of activities to do and places to explore. This will be a good launching pad for me to plan our weeks and be prepared instead of constantly improvising in the moment. If I can pick a couple of these to tackle each week and end most nights in the backyard, I will consider our summer a success.

Kansas City Family Child Backyard Summer PhotographyKansas City Family Child Backyard Summer Photography

So, here’s my list. Feel free to copy and PLEASE send me your ideas and suggestions, too. I’ll have to update you on our progress because, of course, there will be photographic evidence of completion.

At Home Activities:

  • Lemonade Stand
  • Sprinklers
  • Tie Dye
  • Water Wars
  • Fire Pit Nights w/ Friends
  • Fly Kites
  • Basement Fort Campout
  • Backyard Movies
  • Wash the Cars
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Make Kindness Rocks
  • Bubbles
  • Bake Cookies for Neighbors
  • Make Friendship Bracelets
  • Make a Summer Journal

Kansas City Family Child Backyard Summer Photography


  • Zoo
  • Farmstead
  • Royals Game
  • T-Bones Game
  • Putt Putt
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Camp
  • Eat from a Food Truck
  • Drive In Movie
  • Art Museum
  • Sunflower Field
  • Blueberry Picking
  • Hide Kindness Rocks
  • Go to the Lake
  • Road Trip
  • Parade
  • Hiking
  • Park Picnic
  • Library

Kansas City Family Child Adventure Summer Photography Hiking Park

2 thoughts on “Summer Break Bucket List”

  1. That sounds like a great lost of activities!! I especially love the hide kindness rocks! So fun!! Thank you for sharing 🙂



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