Summer Bucket List | Kids in Niagara

A few weeks ago we shared some reminders to get you ready for summer, we had some questions about our bucket list, so here is how and why we have our Summer Bucket List.

Summer Bucket ListI give the boys a sheet of paper each and ask them to think of things they’d like to do in the summer and if they get stuck they research idea’s on the iPad.

One child comes up with all the idea’s and the other struggles with this exercise but won’t look anything up, the joys of kids!

I leave them for a while, try to remind them of things they have aid, or taken an interest in at sometime, and see if they would like to expand on it. Sometimes it’s a good reminder, other times they are over it and we move on.

So our 2017 Summer Bucket List looks like this…

Summer Bucket List

It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to work for you. The kids will enjoy dreaming of what they can do this summer and you will get peace of mind knowing you are choosing things to do they are all in for.

We then take those big ticket items, mainly the day trips like the Blue Jays game, the Beach etc. and put them on our ‘day trip day’ on the Family Calendar. We hang the bucket list on the fridge so on a day when we don’t have something to do we have the list at hand. An impromptu water fight or a trip to the driving range can easily be found without wasting time wondering what we can do today.

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Niagara Falls Fireworks Schedule

niagara falls fireworks schedule

It’s Summer, the kids can stay up past their bedtime and visit Niagara Falls at 10pm to see the fireworks! Don’t forget to check the weather forecast…yes been there, done that one 🙁

Here is the Niagara Falls Fireworks Schedule for the amazing displays this summer…


21st – 26th

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  –  10pm

26th  –  July 7th

Every Night at 10pm in honour of our Canada Day 150 Celebrations

July & August

July 8th  –  Aug 31st

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  –   10pm


Sept 1st, Sept 3rd, Sept 4th  –  10pm

All dates are weather permitting!

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Getting Ready for Summer….it’s almost here!

The kids are counting down the days, minutes, and seconds until they are free for Summer, but are you ready? Hit the Summer vacation ready and organized with our handy tips to ensure your summer goes off without a hitch.

This week: Organize your teacher gifts.

Being organized the week before allows us to make/buy gifts that our teachers love instead of ending up in the junk drawer. No Mugs please!

Teacher Gift Idea’s

A hand-written note is probably the most wanted gift by a teacher. Have your child write the note explaining what they loved about them, how they helped them and how they will remember them. Your teacher can look back on these notes for years to come and can become a legacy for their family.

Gift Cards, the denomination doesn’t have to big but Chapters, Amazon, and Walmart are great places for teachers to stock up on items for their classrooms.

Donations to Charities in their name is another way to show you care. Find a local Charity close to the school that helps your community if you don’t know your teachers favourite causes.

Count down to Summer!

What to do before June 29th…

Getting Ready Summer

 1. Stock up on

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Organize and purchase any First Aid items
  • Freezies/Popsicles
  • Marshmallows and S’more ingredients


2. Check bathing suits and shorts for rips, tears, and sizing. Fix or replace them before it’s too late.

3. Purchase, or clean sandals, and/or flip-flops. These come up quite well with an SOS pad 😉

4. Pull out the beach bag, launder the towels, dig out the goggles and get

prepared for the beach. Getting Ready Summer

5. Check the sprinklers, hoses etc. Nothing beats a backyard sprinkler on a hot day, but nothing is worse than an excited kid and a hole in the hose 🙁

6. Organize, repair or replace outdoor toys, sidewalk chalk, bubbles etc.

7. Print out a calendar for July and August, sit down with your kids and ask them to write out a summer bucket list. Then fill in all the things you can on the calendar. We try to plan a day trip each week, either the Beach, Darien Lake, or a trip to the Blue Jays Game. Everything else on the list just happens when we can.

8. Pump up bike tires, soccer balls, basketballs etc. give a quick organize to that section in your garage so the kids can find what they need without “MAAAAM, I can’t find it!” ringing through the house.

9. Plan some healthy summer snacks, be stocked and ready to go on a day trip at a moments notice.

Getting Ready Summer

Most importantly, enjoy your Summer.

Next week we will have some Family Summer Fun Idea’s for those lazy days of summer right here in Niagara, in case your stuck thinking ‘What can we do Today?’

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