Who doesn’t love a list? If it wasn’t for lists, my life would be chaos. I write lists for everything from food shopping to blog content, but my favorite lists of all are planning lists, bucket lists, lists full of wishes and hopes. I try and write a list of what I hope to achieve or do within a certain timespan at the beginning of each year. In 2018 I wrote a bucket list for the summer holidays and it was fantastic for referring to when we were planning our adventures for the coming weeks, so this year, I’ve decided to write another.

The summer holidays can feel overwhelming at times, so having a visual list to refer to when you aren’t sure what to spend the day doing should help to ease any stress caused by cries of ‘I’m bored’ every 20 minutes…

Something I’ve been intending to create for a while now is a boredom jar. There are some fantastic ideas on Pinterest. Boredom jars are fantastic for the days when funds are low or the weather is rubbish, it allows kids to control what they do whilst us parents put the wheels in motion for fun and adventure. If you are struggling with the thought of the summer holidays, writing a list of intentions and/or creating a boredom jar will help.

Take a look at our bucket list for the summer holidays 2019 to discover what adventures we have planned for the coming weeks – if you are searching for summer fun inspiration then you have come to the right place!

  • Who says learning can’t be fun? In previous years I have avoided educational adventures for fear that the children would get restless but now that they are 8 and 6 I think they will be able to appreciate cultural and/or historical experiences such as Norwich Castle, Grime’s Graves and the Time And Tide Museum.
  • As the children grow up, their ability to see beyond the material things is, quite frankly, a huge relief. They no longer assume that a day out will involve trips to the toy shop and a bottomless wallet, instead, they find joy in simpler things. They loved our recent visit to Norfolk Lavender so with that in mind, I’m looking forward to visiting family attractions such as Pensthorpe Natural Park and Blofield PYO.
  • Even though they enjoy a slightly more relaxed pace these days, the children still love nothing more than a trip into Norwich for a shopping trip and/or watching a newly released film at the cinema. Trips like these are few and far between now that they are both in full-time education so I’d love to take them shopping or to the cinema at least once during the summer holidays.
  • Kids will be kids, energy will always need to be burnt off, so I’m determined to find a way of getting them out and about without having to spend. I have a tight budget, which, over the summer holidays, is stretched more than ever so getting them both out and about, exercising and using their energy in a positive way rather than against each other is pretty high up on my list of priorities. We are very lucky to live close to several brilliant parks and a stunning lake and recently a weekly park-run event was created just a short distance away from us. I’d love for the children to experience the sense of community and euphoria that comes with participating in events such as these so I’ll definitely be looking into booking us on.
  • In early August, myself and Mia are heading to Norwich Theatre Royal to see Matilda: The Musical. I am beyond excited. I’ve been counting down the days for months now. I can’t wait to see her face when she realizes where we are and what we are going to be watching. She absolutely adores Roald Dahl.
  • We are incredibly lucky to have a home with a lovely garden. I intend to make the most of it with the children over the coming weeks. Even though I have plenty of fun experiences and adventures planned, we will spend a big percentage of the holidays at home. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and the children and I can spend lots of time enjoying our outdoor space. I recently built a bench which will be perfect for Mia to sit on and read her books in the sunshine and Theo absolutely loves playing outside. I’m looking forward to relaxing at home with them.
  • I’m already stocking up the craft cupboard in preparation for the rainy days – both of the children absolutely love craft and I love coming up with weird and wonderful things for them to create. I wonder what we’ll come up with? Watch this space!

What have you got planned for the summer holidays? Let me know in the comments section below, the ideas of others are often inspiring, lets all help each other to maximise the potential of the school break and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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