The 4th of July has come and gone, and summer is almost over. Can you believe it?
Since there are only a few weeks of sunshine remaining before fall, make it a point to be intentional about how you spend your time. If you haven’t made a summer bucket list yet, today’s a great day to get started.
Making a bucket list is simple. You just write down a list of things you want to do during the summer. Here are 10 inexpensive activities to get you started.
1. Have a Water Balloon Fight
You can get a pack of water balloons at a dollar store, making this a really cheap summer thrill. Grab some friends (or the kids) and head outside with your filled balloons. Instead of simply throwing balloons at each other, try some of these variations:
- Hide the balloons around the yard first
- Assign each person one color
- Have everyone hide and send one person seeking with water balloons
- Use only your non-dominant hand
2. Eat Outside
If you don’t normally eat outside, it’s a fun way to make a meal special. Pack a picnic-style lunch with a blanket and just go to the backyard. Or take your lunch on the road and find a park where you can eat.
3. Head to a Drive-In Movie Theater
If you’ve got a drive-in theater in your area, you’ve got a fabulous way to catch movies for way less. Most drive-ins show a double feature, meaning you’ll get to see two movies for one admission fee.
4. Make Homemade Ice Cream
You don’t need an ice-cream maker to enjoy homemade ice cream. Here’s a super simple recipe that uses a couple of Ziploc bags to churn the ingredients.
- 1 T sugar
- ½ cup half and half
- ¼ t vanilla extract
- 6 T kosher salt
- 1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
- 1 pint-sized Ziploc bag
Here’s what you do:
- Place ice cubes in the gallon-sized bag until it’s about halfway full.
- Sprinkle the salt on top of the ice.
- In a bowl, mix the half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla.
- Pour the half-and-half mixture into the pint-sized bag.
- Seal the bag carefully.
- Bury the pint-sized bag in the ice and salt.
- Seal the gallon-sized bag.
- Hold onto the gallon-sized bag tightly, and shake vigorously.
- Continue shaking for five minutes.
- Remove the pint-sized bag and pour the ice cream into a bowl.
5. Decorate the Sidewalk with Chalk
Get a box of sidewalk chalk and start decorating the sidewalk by your house. If you’re doing this with friends, you can pick a theme and have everyone add a creation to your gallery.
6. Make a Boat from Natural Supplies
Head to a nearby creek or lake, and be on the lookout for items from nature that float. Your goal is to design an amazing boat using only things from nature. Perhaps you’ll use:
- A pinecone for the base with a twig mast
- A giant leaf with pine needles poked through for decoration
- Bark with leaves
Once you’ve made your boat, launch it into the water.
7. Eat a Popsicle
Nothing says summer like these frozen treats. This taste of summer doesn’t cost a lot, so grab a bag and some friends, and see if you can eat yours before it melts!
8. Watch the Sunset
Grab a comfy blanket and enjoy the splendor of the sunset. Going to the beach to watch it is nice, but it’s definitely not a necessity. Remember to bring your camera and take a picture of the view!
9. Visit a Community Celebration
From fairs and parades to cultural celebrations, the nation is hopping with community celebrations all season long. Do a quick Internet search and see what’s in your area. Make plans to attend at least one.
10. Have a Pajama Party All Day Long
There’s something so comfy about pajamas! Make it a point to lounge in yours all day before summer’s over. Pick some favorite movies to watch, or read a book. Whatever you do, remember to take time to relax!
What’s on Your Summer Bucket List?
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