6 weeks and a summer bucket list

Well, now is as good a time as any to jump back in to blogging I guess. It’s been about 6 weeks since my last post, and it’s about 6 weeks till this baby is due!  I just thought I would share a little of what we have been up to lately, all the frugal family fun we’ve been having and plan to have over the summer.

summer bucket list

Before school ended, I sat down with the kids and made a list of lots of fun things we’d like to do this summer. From different crafts, to places to visit, and even just different themed days we could do. I wanted a mix of free and paid adventures, at home and day trips, indoor and outdoor activities. I told them we wouldn’t do something every single day (which they still don’t understand) but that each week we’d pick a few things, plus have some quiet days at home. So far it’s going pretty well, considering just how pregnant I am, and dealing with a sinus infection that just won’t quit! So here is our frugal family summer bucket list:

Places to go:

–          Beach

–          Picnics

–          Splash pads

–          Parks (our town has 150 playgrounds! We are trying to visit ones we’ve never been too before)

–          Library

–          Indoor pool

–          Hiking

–          Bowling (search online, many bowling alleys offer free bowling for kids in the summer!)

–          Check for coupons (science centre, zoo, etc)

Crafts:

–          Stepping stones

–          Masks

–          Water sponge bombs

–          Craft kits from the basement (we have a stock pile of crafts kits from birthdays that we never used)

I also created a daily schedule, for those quiet days at home, just to make sure we don’t end up sitting in front of the TV all day, or I forget to give the kids a snack and wonder my they are fighting so much (we get Hangry in this house). I even have themes for the week day, that we will probably stick to in August once I am to pregnant to be romping around the zoo or beach. Things like “Make something Monday” and “Thoughtful Thursday” are great ways to be creative at home, and just mix things up a bit. Plus, my kids seem to get into things more if I name them, instead of just saying “let’s do a craft today” calling it craft time, or make something Monday gets them more excited.

So far we’ve done lots of park trips, and the beach! This week we are hitting a local water park, and possible a pioneer museum too. And since I am nearly 34 weeks pregnant, I am feeling a bit of a push to checking things off this list before this baby arrives, and before I’m just too big and uncomfortable to be out in the heat much.

What frugal family fun have you been up to this summer?

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4 comments

  1. This is a great idea! I made a short little list of things for the hubby and I to do this summer but it’s something I’d definitely do when we have children someday!

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  2. Such a fun list! You’re amazing doing any of that at 34 weeks pregnant in the heat of summer! We’ve just been weekending at the trailer but a few cheap/free things I’ve thought about are.. local baseball game (trying to find one of the better leagues), ice cream, picnics, peterborough lift locks/zoo, flying a kite, and outdoor pools

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    1. There really are so many great and cheap/free things to do. And thankfully, my kids don’t need fancy days out to have fun, so we can limit those to just a few over the summer!

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