August 12, 2016

The Ultimate Summer’s-Almost-Over Bucket List

Seems like it was only a few short weeks ago that newsfeeds were flooded with summer bucket-lists, good intentions, and the feeling that the summer ahead seemed to stretch on forever. Now, the anticipation of June and the heated fervor of July have made way for back-to-school lists, shorter days, and the knowledge that cooler days are just around the corner.

Ultimate Summer's Almost Over Bucket List

My son, Max, picking wild raspberries in Nova Scotia

But wait. It’s not quite time to trade in flip-flops for boots yet. Living in the present, after all, is the crux of happiness. So make the most of these last few weeks and days by checking off as many items as you can from Happiest Mama’s exclusive “Ultimate Summer’s Almost-Over” Bucket List.

  1. Eat an ice-cream cone.
  2. Stargaze
  3. Enjoy a meal on a patio
  4. Swing. Not just the kids, you too!
  5. Hang out at the splash pad
  6. Swim in the pool
  7. Visit the beach
  8. Spray someone with the hose
  9. Pick a wild flower
  10. Visit a national, state, or provincial park
  11. Feel sand under your toes
  12. Drive over a bridge
  13. Sing along to the radio with the windows down – feel the wind in your hair
  14. Drink an iced latte or  an iced tea.
  15. Plant something – dig in the dirt!
  16. Go for a bike ride. Not just the kids – you, too.
  17. Memorize the scents of bug repellent and sunscreen as they intermingle into the ultimate summer perfume on your children’s skin
  18. Visit a local waterfall
  19. Enjoy a rainy day at a museum or library
  20. Go to the movies. Better yet, watch a movie outside!
  21. Swim – Not just the kids, you too!
  22. Visit some animals at a local farm
  23. Travel somewhere by boat.
  24. Stop to smell the flowers.
  25. Farm market. Farm market. Farm market.
  26. Support a local farmer by stopping at a stand to buy sweet corn or whatever’s in season near you, now.
  27. Eat breakfast al fresco.
  28. Play hide and seek.
  29. Scavenger Hunt – Here’s a free download! NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT
  30. Cloud-watch
  31. Read a book outside
  32. Collect seashells and stones
  33. Climb something: a mountain, or monkey bars.
  34. Eat a s’more. Or two.
  35. Drink lemonade – preferably purchased from a neighbor kid’s stand
  36. Go berry picking
  37. Attend a local festival or fair
  38. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  39. Outdoors. In the summer heat. Come on – you’re not just a parent.
  40. Go for a walk then come home for Freezies or popsicles on the porch.
  41. Gaze into a campfire
  42. Play in the rain
  43. Have a picnic
  44. Jump on a trampoline
  45. Go on a hike
  46. Blow bubbles
  47. Find a new playground
  48. Date night? Enjoy a summery cocktail – like a mojito, a corona, or a glass of sangria!
  49. Re-wear your favorite summer outfit
  50. Stare off into space and dream of summers gone by

It’s surprising what you can fit into a few short days or weeks when you put your mind to it. Don’t get intimated by the number of items I’ve laid out here (50!) – just pick your top 2 or 3 if time is limited. I would love to hear about which bucket list items you’ll be incorporating into your final summer moments, in the comments below!

PS: Planning those final summer weekends doesn’t have to be tough! Check out these quick tips for making weekend planning a breeze! Happy summer, Mamas!

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  1. I’m already sad the summer is coming to an end…so this is an awesome bucket list to try and get some more summer fun in!

  2. What a great list! And the perfect way to extend summer just a little further. We had a water balloon fight today at work as kind of a last hurrah of summer.

  3. I was feeling like I hadn’t done as much as I would have liked, but I have done most of this list! I bet I can squeeze a few more things in! Thanks!

  4. I love this list! Summer is winding down for us, but we’re also leaving the magical Alaskan island we’ve lived on for the past year, so I have a lot of bucket list items to finish before we leave!

  5. Great list! We don’t start school until after Labor Day, so I’m going to try to get this list finished!

  6. Thanks for taking the time to post this – we get so caught up in our everyday lives that we forget to stop and enjoy the little things that make memories.

  7. I love this bucket list and I’m proud to say I’ve done a good majority of them this Summer! We really packed the activities in this year!

  8. We are squeezing in some last minute trips to the pool. We love the summer, but we love the fall too. I enjoy being outdoors even more then.

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