Enjoy the Now | Summer Blog Post | Wanderlust Wednesday | Family Fun | Jacksonville FL Family Photographer
I realized yesterday, we have one month...
Actually, less than one month. On August 10th, it's back to school time here. Back to schedules, homework, after school activities and the busyness of the school year. Though, I realize in many ways my family does better with schedules, the idea of no more free time is hard.
Now, as a WAHM, I'm looking forward to hours to workout, edit, work on SEO, accounting, and all that encompasses running a business alone in solace. Having the house cleaned, photos edited quickly, all of it.
BUT, I also know, they aren't little long. Soon, summers will be filled with friends not family. Doing something with mom won't be interesting. Family time will come at a premium. So, I need to enjoy the now. (As hard as it is when they are fighting all day long).
I don't know what was on your kids' Summer Bucket List, but I know there are a few things we haven't done yet. (If you want a printable Summer Bucket List for you to fill out, check this one out from Thirty Handmade Days )
1. Glow Stick Pool Party (or kick it up a notch and throw in a movie)
Dollar store finds for night time fun. Throw some glow sticks, glow beach balls, and basically anything that glows into the pool to light the night for a night swim.
Want to kick it up a notch? Hang up a Sheet or drag out a TV for a movie in the pool! (we are actually checking this baby off our list tomorrow) Night time summer fun the kids will remember. And probably want to make a tradition.
2. Take a Mini Vacay
Whether you stay at a local hotel for a night or two to enjoy the pool and pretend to be travelers OR travel to a nearby destination for a short one or two night Vacation with your littles. ALL kids love hotels. The elevators, pools, even if they're sleeping on a pull out couch, they don't care, it's all fun.
We went to Savannah, Ga (an easy day trip from here). Saw the sights, had fun, and checked off the "stay at a hotel" part of my girl's bucket list. Done and done.
3. Go Bowling
Now, I get it. This doesn't really sound like a summer bucket list item. But, here in Florida on those rainy afternoons, this is a perfect fun field trip with the kiddos! Air conditioned fun too.
Want to save money? BowlAmerica has their Summer Blast Pass give kids grades 12 and under and their parents TWO free games, every day, every week. You just have to sign up!
To sign up, head to the BowlAmerica website.
4. Go Camping
Whether at many of the State Parks nearby within a short drive, on the beach at Anastasia Island or in your own backyard. Kids LOVE camping. Smores by the fire, sleeping in a tent, "ghost" stories (amount of scare depends on age of kids). I loved camping as a kid, and sadly, I haven't actually taken my girls yet. But we are making plans to change that. Sure, it may be in September and school may have started, but I can easily get them in the backyard one night for a practice round!
5. Get some Air.
We are FILLED with places around Jacksonville and St Augustine to let our little ones jump and play. If your little still naps, a morning of jumping is perfection! Older kids? Give them an afternoon to help tire them out. (follow it by camping in the yard or a glow stick swim to qualify as "best mom ever" having planned a fun filled day). I've been to many of these, but not all. And I know there are more than I have listed here. But check them out (click the name to head to the website) and let them play!
Rebounderz: Trampolines, American Ninja Warrior Course, Climbing Wall, Laser Tag, and more. You can easily spend a whole day here (but you pay by the hour).
JumpStreet: Live near the beaches? We got you covered. My girls enjoyed it, BUT if you have older more active kiddos, this may not be best. Still though, lots of places to jump and even some dodgeball fun!
JumpZone: Inflatable jumping fun, but with slides, bounce houses and more (all air conditioned) OP has some bouncing fun too.
Bounce A Roo: This is a must do for my girls. Basically, anywhere with a hug indoor play structure, my girls have to check it out.
Slinkees: We haven't been yet this summer, but we've been in the past. Lots of bounce houses, an arcade and even a play area for the little ones.
There are SO many more things to do. But really, just ask your little ones. It may be as easy as a scavenger hunt and indoor tent building, or a trip to Rita's. Make moments. Because those moments turn into memories.