By Naomi

One of the good things about being being a teacher is the holidays, although they aren’t quite what they seem. I will inevitable have to go to into work to do bits and bobs, plus lesson planning doesn’t do itself.  However, I will have 6 whole weeks without an alarm clock and 6 whole weeks at home with my girls. I’m not going to complain.

Now, I love my kids to bits. but I’m not exactly the crafty mum full of Pinterest-worthy ideas to flood my Instagram page. I need ideas and plans to to occupy my kids and to make sure that the quality time that we have together is used well. Plus I like a bit of structure and routine. I feel like as a busy working single mum that I miss enough of their lives, so I do love that I get this annual six week period to devote my time to them.

Summer Holiday Bucket List

This year, I’ve decided to combine all of our ideas and to create a summer holiday bucket list challenge. The intention is to see how many of these ideas that I can get through over the next weeks.

Most of the challenges will be related to spending quality time with the girls and providing them with new experiences, but there will be a few related solely to myself as the next six weeks are also an opportunity for me to recharge my batteries. Which is never a bad thing.

Making Memories With The Girls

Like every other normal day, my priority for the holiday is to spend as much time as possible with the girls. As they are due to be with me pretty much everyday anyway, this shouldn’t be too hard. Our bucket list for this holiday is to:

  1. Visit at least 3 different types of  museums
  2. Read a book a day. (And hopefully not We’re Going On a Bear Hunt 42 times)
  3. Watch 6 Disney films that they’ve never seen before (Bambi and Dumbo here we come!)
  4. Visit a local farm.
  5. Make sandcastles on the beach.Summer Holiday Bucket List
  6. Have breakfast in bed.
  7. Make something for our home.
  8. Write and illustrate a story together.
  9. Visit the zoo.
  10. Get a picture of me and the girls. (I have tons of them, hardly any of just the three of us)
  11. Have a picnic.
  12. Cook a new recipe a week and get the kids involved in cooking.
  13. Walk at least a mile a day.
  14. Catch up with friends and family.
  15. Have a pj day.

Recharging My Batteries

Hopefully, my boiler will be fixed this week so that I can have steaming hot bubble baths again. It’s only been a day and I miss them already. My favourite thing to do of an evening is to sit in a bubble bath with a glass of wine,  candles and a face mask. It’s been one night. I miss it already. So, in order to totally recharge my batteries, I need to find new things to do. Therefore, I am going to try to:

Summer Holiday Bucket List

  1. Read a book a week. I have so many that I want to read at the moment.
  2. Make a new smoothie a week.
  3. Declutter my flat. I’m still working on this but decluttering my space helps me to think more clearly.
  4. Write, write and more writing. I like writing and I like blogging, but I like being ahead of my blogging schedule. At the moment, I am not.
  5. Experiment with my clothes more and go for a more feminine look of dresses and sandals as opposed to jeans and Converse.
  6. Make a new make up challenge as I really enjoyed the lipstick week challenge that I did back in May.


It must be because I am institutionalised from all my years in education – I’ve never done anything else – but the six weeks is always a time for me to take stock, recharge and make changes. Wish me luck!

What are your plans for this summer? Let me know in the comments below!


97 Replies to “Summer Holiday Bucket List”

  1. Thanks Nay. Your ideas for the girls are good ideas for my adult children also. I have accomplished some sight-seeing with them this summer. I like that you take time for yourself. You’ve inspired me to take care of some things that I’ve put off for a while.

  2. You are an amazing mom, the way you talk about your girls is priceless.
    I like all your thoughts and I agree with you 100%. And I like that you are trying to find a balance between motherhood and your needs too!

  3. I love this! What great Summer ideas for time with your kids! have the tissues on hand for Bambi and Dumbo though, those are two of the most devastating Disney films ever (for me at least!).

  4. I love your list! I can’t believe we are almost in August already, it seems like the summer is flying by. We are hoping to get on a few more hiking trips, and a couple trips to the lighthouses in our state.

  5. Oh, I would love to watch Bambi again. It is such a touching movie! Your list is so cute, visiting museums with your children can definitely be a very fun activity, especially if they are interactive.

  6. Its great that you have 6 weeks off for the summer. That’s the great thing about teaching jobs. You have lots of great ideas to spend quality time with your kids and I’m sure that you will all enjoy the different activities.

  7. They are great summer bucket lists with the kids and without. I love the idea of write and illustrating a story with the kids. It is always important for us all to have me time especially being a single mother. When my kids were small and I had a day off of work I would get up early to read while they slept.

  8. thats a wet thought out plan – reading a book a week gets me nostalgic when i read like 40-50 every summer! ahh this summer i decided to travel by myself..been to luxembourg nice, and krakow…no more waiting for friends…!

  9. 6 whole weeks without an alarm clock sounds heavenly to me! I wish i couls have that! It’s amazing how you still have a plan and so many fun and interesting activities to do during that time!

  10. I loved your post and felt like it was just yesterday that my kids were home for the summer. I too am a jeans and converse girl .. and am not super creative/craftsy if I have to think up ideas on my own. Some of our favorite things to do during the summers were run through the sprinkler, have picnics at the park, take a trip to our local amusement park, and go for long walks in the sunshine. x

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