No one knows exactly what summer will look like this year. Will there be socially distant backyard barbeques or beach limits? Will outdoor events or summer camps be canceled? We don’t know yet, so when we put together this summer’s bucket list, we kept in mind the uncertainty we’re all living with this year.
We hope this list will spark ideas to get back to nature, be more present with your family, spend time outside every day, and find new ways to connect with your community this summer. Plus, we couldn’t forget some summertime staples—hello ice cream and summer cocktails. While we need to make sure our kids continue to feel safe and secure, they also deserve some summertime fun (and you do too!).
Check out The Everymom’s Summer 2020 Bucket List below—and download a printable checklist version of the activities, too!
Make Sidewalk Chalk Art for Essential Workers
Keep the love for essential workers going through the summer. Consider drawing thank you messages and pictures for essential workers, especially those who visit your home often like delivery drivers, mail carriers, waste collectors, and more.
Find a Few Black-owned Businesses to Support—and Make Them Part of Your Regular Shopping
Making a commitment to include Black-owned businesses as part of your daily life is one more way to support the movement. Plus, it’s always fun to be the first to discover a new shop you love. Recommend favorites to your friendship circle to amplify the impact. Some faves from our editors are below.
Kids Toys and Clothes:
Fashion and Beauty:
Practice Mindfulness on a Nature Hike
Set out on a new trail or an old favorite. Point out different things to help your kids explore what’s around them with their senses. Play eye spy, talk about how different parts of the trail feels under your feet, ask them what they hear, and what they smell. Tuning into their senses can help ground them (and you) in the present moment and gain a greater appreciation for the world around them.
Do Date Night Under the Stars
Since it gets darker later in the summer, a date can begin after bedtime with a late dinner, after-dinner drinks, and desserts outside. Snuggle under a blanket or near a backyard fire, look up, look at each other, and enjoy the uninterrupted time together.
Add Books About Racism to Your Summer Reading List
Many libraries have summer reading clubs for kids with challenges and prizes. Help curate your child’s list with diverse books and books about racism. Read them together and talk about them. Speak up if you notice your library lacks enough titles to help you commit to this ongoing work.
Have a Take-Out Picnic
Help support your favorite local restaurant and have a take-out picnic. Pack a blanket, hand sanitizer, pick up your curbside order, and head to a nearby park (or back home) and enjoy a meal outside.
Plant Bee-Friendly Flowers
We all know the bee population is at risk, but what you may not know is that you can do your part in helping to bring them back. There are many common flowers you can plant in your garden (or windowsill planters) to help encourage bee life, including herbs like oregano, rosemary, and mint you can use for summer recipes. Plus, explaining why bees are important to our environment and food growth will help your little ones learn to not be afraid of bees and how to stay safe around them.
Make a Summer Recipe With Ingredients from Your Garden (or the Farmer’s Market)
Blueberry muffins are a favorite to make in our house in the summer (like these amazing streusel-topped blueberry muffins), and there are plenty of other summer recipe ideas like homemade salsa, tomato Caprese, or a fresh pasta salad. You could even make yourself a summer cocktail or mocktail with seasonal ingredients like strawberries or watermelon muddled with mint.
Buy Extra Blooms
While at the local nursery or on your grocery trip to Trader Joe’s, buy an extra plant or flower bouquet. Do a surprise flower drop at the door of an elderly neighbor, a friend, or your child’s teacher for a sweet, simple way to brighten someone’s day.
Juneteenth is a very meaningful day in our nation’s history—but it’s not one that’s often talked about. If you haven’t celebrated Juneteeth in the past, it’s not too late to learn about the day when, two full years after the Emancipation Proclamation, word reached the last people enslaved in the United States that they were free. Celebrating Juneteenth can be another way to continue important conversations about race with your kids.
Deck Out the Kiddie Pool
Hopefully, pools and beaches will open this summer, but if not, make do with a backyard or balcony kiddie pool. Add a slide, put the sprinkler nearby to simulate a splash pad, add new toys, or pretend to go fishing. Consider getting in there too. What kid doesn’t love splashing their parents?
Have Backyard Campout
Summer travel plans may be uncertain, but you can still make a staycation special for your kids with an old-school backyard campout. Pitch a tent, day or night, get out blankets, pillows, books, flashlights, and, of course, snacks.
Get Creative to Fundraise for a Cause
While lemonade stands may be off the table this year for safety reasons, brainstorm with your kids about other ways to raise money for a cause important to your family. Started a garden during isolation? Sell some of your surpluses. Artistic kids? Create and sell window signs to show support for Black Lives Matter or essential workers. Social butterflies? Come up with an online challenge and tag friends (or their parents) to help them participate.
Eat Ice Cream or Popsicles Outside
Some of summer’s sweetest memories—and the cutest pictures—are made eating ice cream, popsicles, or freeze-pops outside. As parents, the only downside is how quickly they melt, but letting your littles enjoy a frozen treat in only a diaper or bathing suit means you can easily hose them off or wipe them down afterward. Then, let them run around outside until the sugar wears off.