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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List 2015 :: Over 100 Things to Do in Columbia

SUMMER BUcket list 2015 columbia

Summer vacation is officially up and running in our house. While my toddler is not yet school age, she did go to a Mother’s Morning Out program two mornings a week. To say Nora loves “school” is an understatement. She absolutely adores it and the past two weeks without her teachers have been, well, not the best.

I am trying to fill our days with fun play dates, trips to the zoo and park, and upcoming trips to visit family, but my little girl needs a little more stimulation. I thought long and hard about the things we could do this summer to keep busy, and created a Summer 2015 Bucket List. Columbia has some great things to do with kids this summer {many that are FREE!} but there are also a lot of creative activities you can do close to home {things that I enjoyed growing up many years ago}.

Use this list as a starting point to make your own Summer 2015 Bucket List. Get the kids involved by asking them what they want to do this summer! I know I am looking forward to marking things off our Summer Bucket List and falling in love with summer vacation!

Water Water Everywhere ::

  • Visit a splash pad, spray pool, mist pad or water park {here is a list in the Columbia area}
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Set up the water and sand table
  • Go out to Dreher Island
  • Play at the beach at Lake Murray
  • Get an old school slip n slide, or better yet make our own
  • Hit up some friends’ pools
  • Take swim lessons
  • Have a water balloon fight — attack Dad when he gets home from work 😉
  • Build sand castles
  • Write Summer 2015 in the sand and take a family picture
  • Throw glow sticks in the tub and go “night swimming”
  • Dance in the rain (and do a rain dance if it hasn’t rained in a while!)
  • Go tubing on the river (like on the Riverwalk)

Day Trip It ::

 Get Cultured ::

Out and About Around Cola Town ::

Yummy in my Tummy ::

  • Have a donut date at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Eat breakfast for dinner
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Bake cookies for the neighbors
  • Pick blueberries at Berry Hill Farm
  • Visit a roadside watermelon stand
  • Taste local honey
  • Enjoy a treat at Sonic {half price drinks from 2-4 p.m.}
  • Get custard at Rita’s
  • Bring Dad or Mom lunch at work
  • Let the kids plan and make dinner
  • Eat dinner outside on the patio
  • Make banana splits
  • Hit up a snowball stand
  • Break out the grill and a pizza stone and make pizza outside one night
  • Make homemade popsicles

Move that Body ::

  • Go on a hike
  • Take a bike ride through Harbison State Forest
  • Tumble at The Little Gym Lexington or Columbia, My Gym or Gymboree (first class is free)
  • Fly high at HiWire Trampoline Park in Irmo or Northeast Columbia – Monday – Saturday, 9-10 a.. is dedicated to kids 6 and under
  • Hula hoop
  • Have a jump rope contest
  • Play Red Rover
  • Challenge your neighbors to a game of Flashlight Tag
  • Grab your friends and have a bicycle parade through your neighborhood
  • Go bowling {check out Kids Bowl Free}
  • Play miniature golf — Frankies Fun Park is a great option
  • Have a family dance party {Pandora has some nice stations for this!}
  • Make an obstacle course

Enjoy your Home ::

  • Build a fort in the living room
  • Have a lazy PJ day
  • Camp in your backyard
  • Decorate your driveway with sidewalk chalk {make your own for an extra project}
  • Blow bubbles
  • Catch fireflies
  • Finger paint
  • Play hopscotch
  • Make s’mores and sing campfire songs in your backyard
  • Make sun tea on the deck
  • Get postcards from the places you visit and send them to friends and family just for the heck of it
  • Create your own at-home summer camp
  • Round up old clothes and toys and donate them
  • Eat breakfast for dinner
  • Make a board game or create an interactive game
  • Host a tea party for your dolls and stuffed animals
  • Make recycled crayons
  • Play hide-n-seek in your neighbor hood
  • Make puppets {from paper bags} and masks {from paper plates}
  • Host a block party
  • Plan a at home spa day-manis, pedis, fancy hair styles
  • Get ready for back to school clothes shopping by trying on last year’s clothes and having a fashion show
  • Write and illustrate a summer adventure book
  • Learn how to fold origami cranes
  • Start a scrapbook
  • Make homemade silly putty
  • Host a book swap with your friends
  • Fly a kite
  • Act out your favorite book … dress up like the characters, make up songs based on the story line or create a related craft

Final Tips on putting your family’s Bucket List together ::

  • Ask your kids what they want to do this summer and add it to the list … make it unique to your family
  • The goal is to HAVE FUN with your family! It’s alright if you don’t finish everything on the list. {kudos to you if you do!}
  • Add to it as the summer goes on! You’ll think of great ideas as you go.
  • Display your list  on a chalkboard, on the fridge, on a poster board … whatever works for your family. {Search Pinterest for creative ideas.}

What would you add to your Summer 2015 Bucket List?

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2 Responses to The Ultimate Summer Bucket List 2015 :: Over 100 Things to Do in Columbia

  1. Karen Mekongo May 28, 2016 at 4:48 am #

    Michael’s have great art classes on Saturdays for $2 from 10-12 while you shop. Kids make cool stuff!


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