Do you have a YOLO list? Your reaction was probably the same as mine when I first read this acronym for You Only Live Once! The idea is simple and so much fun: create a list of the most important things you would like to do with your kids this summer and document them as you make them happen! After reading a few summer wish lists I realized how many projects or things I had already thought of doing with our family like backyard camping, set up an outdoor train track in the garden or catch fireflies. If you have young kids like we do the days go by so quickly and I don’t ever seem to have time to plan some of these fun adventures.
So here is my official Top 20 Summer YOLO List. I hope to get to all of them but at least now I have a reminder of the fun things I want to do!
#1. Go berry picking
#2. Attend an outdoor summer concert
#3. Have a picnic dinner at the park (with Daddy)!
#4. Invite neighborhood friends over for a bike wash
#5 & #6. Look at the moon through a telescope & catch fireflies
#7. Write down a wish, tie it to a ballon and send it off to the heavens!
#8. Start a summer reading list
#9. Make a cardboard castle on a rainy (or HOT) day
#10. Attend a children’s theatre performance
#11. Play water balloon baseball
#12. Invite imaginary friends for a picnic
#13. Plant a “Stone Soup” garden for the Big Bad Wolf (add that to summer reading list first)!
#14. Camp in the backyard
#15. Roast smores
#16. Paint with bubbles
#17. Set up an outdoor railroad track
#18. Paint sticks
#19. Take them out to the ball game!
#20. Don’t forget to create a summer memory book!
If you are looking for more ideas, check out this awesome list from the friend who inspired me to YOLO …and be sure to send us your favorites as well!