Although Summer doesn’t technically end until next month, and weather-wise we’re still in the thick of the summer’s heat and humidity, Fall is clearly upon us with school back in session and football back on TV. Therefore I wanted to report on our Summer Bucket List and make sure we haven’t forgotten to do anything.
Here’s our list and the progress we’ve made so far…
- Trip to the Beach – CHECK! We had a long weekend in Indian Shores with some friends. Luke wasn’t really feeling the sand on this trip, and we had to go to the ER because Eli was having some breathing issues, but we all made it out healthy and (relatively) happy. It seems like the beach is hit or miss with a toddler. Some days Luke loves it and other days he’s bothered by being wet and sandy.
- Water Works Park – CHECK! Water Works Park is a splash pad playground in downtown Tampa along the Riverwalk. I met up with some other moms for a morning playdate here. It’s a really fun spot and one of the only truly enjoyable parks when it’s 90+ degrees outside. However this park gets PACKED! So arrive early to claim a shady area to post up. Here’s a list of other splash pads in Tampa.
- Water balloons – Scheduled for Tomorrow! We bought the Bunch O Balloons after seeing the commercial on TV and are excited to give it a try tomorrow with friends. It basically allows you to easily fill a bunch of balloons at once, so I guess it’s rather self-explanatory! I’ll report back on whether it’s a hit or miss.
- Fireworks – CHECK! This Fourth of July Luke and Eli got to see their first fireworks. Eli slept through them and Luke was a bit indifferent. Eventually he got up from the blanket we were sitting on and walked inside. We took that as an indicator that the fireworks were a bit too loud for him (he had let Eli borrow his headphones).
- Dinosaur World – Tabled – Dinosaur World is one of the many interesting attractions you’ll see off of I-4 between Tampa and Orlando. After checking out their website, I decided this will be better suited for when the boys are a little older.
- Putt-Putt Golf – CHECK! Luke is obsessed with golf so this is always a fun activity for us. The only problem is that there’s not a nice course near us. We ventured over to Clearwater one Saturday to the Congo River Golf course followed by lunch at Newk’s Eatery. It turned out to be a perfect little day trip. The golf course is in great condition and the holes each have a unique feature, whether it’s a cave, waterfall, bridge or boat. We sort of stumbled upon Newk’s and were really pleased with the diverse menu and friendly service. It’s a quick-service restaurant, which as parents know, is the way to go when you have little ones in tow.
- Common Ground Park – Tabled – This is a park in Lakeland that was recommended as a fun place to visit, and because it’s so big, it offers plenty of space for kids to run. The premise behind it is that all kids, including those with disabilities, can play together here. I would like to check it out when the weather cools down a little and maybe tie it in with another activity in Lakeland.
- Summer Movie – Tabled – Many theaters offer low-priced tickets for kids movies in the summer. This would be a great way to spend a hot or rainy day, but I’m going to hold off another year or two before bringing the boys to the movies.
- Ice Cream Sundaes – CHECK! One night after dinner we made a special trip to Publix for ice cream. Although they didn’t end up being very fancy and only consisted of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries, they hit the spot!
- Go on a Boat – Tabled – We haven’t sought out making this happen very hard, and I’m OK if it doesn’t happen this summer. While I love boating, it would be a lot to do it with a toddler and infant, so holding off until next Summer might be best.
We’ve done pretty well with our list and have had a lot of fun this summer exploring our surroundings. I’m excited to continue this tradition and create a Fall bucket list. For now, our outings are pretty simple, and I’m happy with that. However I can’t wait for the day when our list includes tubing down Rainbow River, kayaking down the Weekie Wachee River and camping in the Smoky Mountains. Until then, you can find us enjoying the simple treasures in life. 🙂