Summer has arrived. It’s our favourite time of the year, and we all want to make 2016 the best one ever. And you can.
Of course, spontaneity is great. However, a little planning will go a long way to building the best summer ever. Creating a bucket list of items that you’d love to experience as a family will ensure that you make it a productive and enjoyable summer.
Here are some of the best items to place on your to-do list. Even if you don’t manage them all, it will take your summer fun to another level. What are you waiting for, let’s get started:
Take An Adventure
In an ideal world, we’d all love to take a six-week cruise across the world. But you don’t need to go globetrotting to enjoy a family adventure. If you’re willing to seek out those opportunities, you can have just as much fun without the need for a massive budget.
Our family went ghyll scrambling in Cumbria, and it was a blast. Of course, your family might prefer to take on a different type of adventure. Nevertheless, those experiences can become the highlight of your summer.
And let’s face it; creating those magical moments that last a lifetime is the greatest gift of all.
Physical activity is a crucial part of human life. However, hitting the gym can be extremely boring. A far more productive solution is to get fitter as a family together. Not only will you have the support of each other to spur you on, but it’ll make those exercises a lot more fun too.
One of the best ways to do this is to start cycling together. It’s a low-impact sport that the whole family can enjoy together. Best of all, it doesn’t cost much money other than the initial investment of your bicycles. And it will leave you open to explore the local area like never before.
Swimming is another popular idea, especially in the warmer months. Either way, finding a fun and entertaining form of exercise will keep you in greater condition. Furthermore, those increased energy levels will prepare you for other activities too.
Host A BBQ
The whole world feels brighter when the sun is shining. So why not make the most of it by bringing it into your home life? If you have a garden, then using it is a must. Not only can it become the perfect spot for spending lazy afternoons together, but you can also use it to host friends and relatives.
Everybody loves a great summer BBQ. Whether you build a decking area, invest in better furniture or buy a marquee is up to you. Either way, it’s one of the best ways to spend time with the closest people in your life. Meanwhile, there are tons of cheap cornhole boards available to provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. Alternatively, you could use a swingball game or other activities.
The possibilities are endless, and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come too. What more could you ever want?
Visit The Animals
With children of varying ages, our family appreciates the challenge of finding something for everyone. But no matter how old you are, everyone loves animals. And this is the perfect group activity to place on your bucket list.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to the zoo, aquarium or farm. You’ll be guaranteed to have a great time, especially if you pack a picnic. Moreover, you can take those photos and have them printed onto canvas to create decorations for the home.
Not only will it brighten up the property. Perhaps more importantly, those items will serve as a regular reminder to the special day out.
Attend A Charity Event
Sometimes the best way to put a smile on your face is to do something for others in need. Charity is a great way to unite the community, and it can have the same impact on your family too. If you have young children, marathon running and other physical activities are out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved.
Over the course of the summer, there are bound to be local events raising money. It could be something as simple as a fete. Even if you simply bake cakes to sell, the funds raised could go a long way to helping those that need it most. And knowing that you’ve done your bit is guaranteed to put a smile on your collective faces.
Besides, it’s a great way to build closer relationships with other locals. It’s important to give something back to the world, and this is your perfect opportunity. Don’t be afraid to take it.
Upcycle Some Old Goods
You don’t always need to look for big adventures to enjoy a productive and rewarding activity. The home still plays a central role in your family DNA. Finding ways to upgrade it and generate new energy should be a priority.
Upcycling old toys to make bedroom decorations can be extremely fun and exciting for the kids. Meanwhile, it’s a great way to get rid of clutter and create extra space around the home. Alternatively, you can create quirky furniture that’s perfect for the garden or conservatory areas.
If nothing else, the money you save by taking this option will leave more cash for some of the bucket list items.
Get A Pet
As a family, you need a way to channel your love together. Getting a pet is the perfect answer. Not only will the new addition transform your summer. But it’ll transform your entire life.
Of course, there are many factors to consider. Those limitations may dictate whether a dog is right. Some families might find that a cat or a rabbit is the better option. Nevertheless, a new friend will give you something to cherish as a family forever.
It’s not for everyone and isn’t a move that can be taken lightly. On the other hand, it could be the greatest decision you ever make.