As many of you know, I love writing down a bucket list each season focused on family activities. With spring now in full swing, it’s time to create our spring bucket list.
A little about our seasonal bucket lists — they’re really just to help guide us when we’re looking for things to do together. There’s absolutely no pressure or sense of failure if we don’t end up doing what’s on our list. In my eyes, it just means we were busy doing other things that we either wanted or needed to get done. And one of those things could include doing absolutely nothing at all.
When we do have a free afternoon or weekend (and with Covid we tend to have a lot more free time than usual), having a short list on hand of things to do helps us maximize our time together and allows us to create some memories we may not have.
Spring’s completely hit or miss in the midwest, so it can be hard to plan around the weather, as it could be 70 and sunny or 40 and raining. When it’s nice out, you’ve got to get outside and take advantage of the warmer temps and sun. This means hiking, bike riding, picnicking, going to baseball games, and if you have littles, lots of time at the playgrounds.
Since the weather can also be pretty miserable, spring’s a great time to go to museums and other indoor attractions, so many of which have opened up again. When our kids were young spent many spring weekends at the Milwaukee Art Museum walking around and doing projects in the Kohl’s Art Studio.
If you’re in Milwaukee like me, make sure you’re following @mkewithkids for tons of ideas for what to do as a family.
On Our List
Here’s what’s on our family’s spring bucket list this year:
- Take a vacation — This one that we’ve already checked off felt long overdue. We went to Florida over spring break and it was grand!
- Go on a bike ride — We like to take the Oak Leaf Trail from our area to downtown Milwaukee.
- Have a picnic — Last year we picnic’d in our yard quite a bit but hoping to go to a nearby part.
- Visit a museum — I have a few on my list this spring, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
- Host a BBQ — Oh the joy to be with friends again! Can’t wait for planned and impromptu parties in the backyard this spring.
- Bake a cake — The girls love baking and they’ve never baked a real cake. Let’s do this.
- Plant a garden — We (Chris and the girls) plant an herb and lettuce garden every spring. I like to give direction and eat the bountiful harvest.
- Take a hike — Hiking is one of our favorite activities to do as a family. Hoping to explore a new area this spring.
Now it’s your turn! What’s on your family’s spring bucket list this year?