Summer Bucket List


Summer Bucket ListThe awesomeness that was ’90s summers is all over the internet lately. Articles with titles like “How to have a ’90s summer,” “Why ’90s summers were the best,” and more are filling my feed with images of sprinklers and push-pops. But what really made ’90s summers great was the fact that we were kids, and every summer is magical just because it’s summer. We didn’t have to worry about the weather or the bills or all the other things plaguing our minds now because we’re the moms. But just because we can’t be totally worry free all the time doesn’t mean we can’t give our kids a magical summer and enjoy a bit of it ourselves, too.

Summer Bucket List

  • Have a picnic

  • Go swimming

  • Eat watermelon

  • Get your toes in the sand (sandboxes and the Cove at Concord Park totally count!)

  • Decorate your driveway and sidewalks with chalk art drawings

  • Play catch/backyard baseball/kickball/any other summery sport

  • Go on a picnic

  • Visit the Smokies and splash in a river or waterfall

  • Ride bikes/watch your little ones ride bikes

  • Indulge in your favorite summer dessert — you can even share with your kids! 

  • See a movie (rainy day activity or just to enjoy Disney’s epic summer lineup with new versions of Aladdin and The Lion King, and the latest Toy Story adventure. #Disney4Life)

  • Make s’mores (bonus points for doing while or after watching The Sandlot)

  • Watch fireflies/lightning bugs

  • Swing

  • Water balloon war

  • Visit the library and participate in their Read to the Moon challenge

  • Play in the sprinklers or visit a splash pad

  • Make homemade ice cream

  • Play with sparklers around Independence Day

  • Fly a kite

  • Play with bubbles

  • Play board games

Make, play, visit, go. The essence of this list is to spend time together as a family. That’s what makes summer magical — time spent together, continuing the tradition of making magical summer memories. Make this summer another magical one.

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Hey, y’all! I’m an adventurous wanderer who put down roots here in East Tennessee back in 2014. My little family moved here from the wilds of suburban Alaska in 2014. We love exploring Knoxville and the surrounding areas, especially the Smoky Mountains. I’m a freelance writer and teacher who loves looking at the mountains when my nose isn’t in a book. I’m a mom to two bookish kids, a wildly clingy dog, two cats, and a fish I’d be in trouble for not mentioning. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been able to add Lincoln Log architect, LEGO contractor, and mediator to my resume. I’ve always been a bit of a jack of all trades, as I’ve been a tutor, teacher, circus instructor, bookseller, amateur baker and, of course, writer. I remind myself of this as I tell my kid not to sit on my other kid’s head while stopping the dog from chasing the cat and the other cat from jumping on top of the fish tank. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and am currently pursing my Master of Fine Arts while keeping all these creatures who live in my house alive. I survive on coffee, writing fiction, reading, Disney, and snuggles. You can read more of my work at


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