We were chatting the other day about all the things we want to do this summer. It was a long and cold winter, and we want to make sure we take full advantage and enjoy every moment of the summer weather. For both of us, this is a special summer as we are home from work with our kids; Megan has two girls (ages 3 and 1) and Nicole has two boys (ages 5 and 6 months). So we decided to make a Summer Bucket List. It’s filled with everything we hope to do, from big family excursions, to crafts, fun in the backyard and day trips.
While we hope to do a lot of the things on the list together, it likely won’t happen if we intend to complete it before the end of the summer. Some of it may be accomplished with our individual families, with other friends, with grandparents and maybe even without the kids. We have to admit, the thought of taking the kids to a Drive in movie does seem ambitious.
Here it is…
Make homemade popsicles and/or ice cream
Have a picnic in the park
See a movie at the Drive-in
Go to Ripleys aquarium
Go to Zoo
Fly a kite
Go to the beach
Spend the day at Bronte creek
Make a bird feeder
Take the Ferry to Toronto Island
Nature scavenger hunt
Go to a concert or storytime in the park
Yoga in the park
Go to a Ribfest
Visit Canada’s Wonderland
Family road trip
Go to a local festival
Visit a splash pad
Stand up paddle boarding
Biking with the kids in the Chariot
Attend a workshop at Home Depot or Michaels
Visit a farmers market
Make a pie
Join us this summer as we tackle our Summer Bucket List. Check back for updates on our journey and experiences, recommendations and tips. Share your own stories, comments and pictures on your experiences with your bucket list. Oh and please let us know if you think there is anything we should add to the list!
1. ROAD TRIP TO CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA
Starting off with an ambitious one – first item to check off . . . is family road trip! We rented a house for a week in North Carolina with 3 other families, that’s 7 kids under the age of 5!
From Toronto down to Cape Hatteras, NC it is 16 hours of driving, but I like to say that is 16 hours without kids! On the Thursday night, we had the car and roof top carrier all packed and alarm was set for 3:30am. We decided to leave at 4am and capitalize on the girls sleeping for a few hours in the morning. We arranged to convoy down with friends and arrived at the U.S. boarder at the same time and stopped for a quick breakfast soon after.
Friday was a long driving day. We stopped every couple of hours so the kids could have a little break. Traveling with a 1 and 3 year old has its challenges. I packed a LOT of things to try and keep them busy. Most popular were matching small tupperware containers filled with exactly the same things . . . stickers, markers, paper and books. And of course so many snacks! It’s a long two days of driving, but so worth it!
We arrived Saturday afternoon. We had rented a huge seashore house with its own swimming pool. A great vacation with small children. It was pretty easy to take them swimming, play in the sand & ocean, and go for walks along the beach and collect sea shells since everything was right around the house. It was like staying at a mini resort. We were able to cook all our meals at the house. Then we could put the kids to bed and make the adult dinner, my favourite evening was cooking a huge pot of fresh local seafood!
They both loved playing in the sand!
Cape Hatteras is know for it’s kite boarding, but there are lots of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy including wind surfing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. It’s really winding a great place to learn water sports as the water is really shallow. Easy to take lessons and rent equipment.
We stayed for a week and made the drive home over two days. It was a great family road trip and we plan to go back every year!