Thursday, May 29, 2014

Durham Summer Bucket List-2014+A Bucket List Party

So, last year we wrote our summer bucket list, including all of the things that our family wanted to do this summer.  I don't remember whether we accomplished all of them, but it was still fun to put together.  This year, I asked for your help to add to the list, so let me know if you have any to add.

Plus, as an extra bonus, Zion adds a fun way to create your summer bucket list with information about her recent experience at a "Bucket List Party"...enjoy!

*Run through into the Mist at the Museum of Life and Science
*Go to a library storytime
*Sample some good eats at a Food Truck Rodeo
*Go for a bounce at Defy Gravity
*Relax at the Stay & Play Snack Cafe
*Wade in the shallows in Fews Ford at the Eno River
*Keep cool at Forest Hills sprayground
*Play on the beach at Jordan Lake
*Climb, slide, and play in the balls at Wheels
*Learn and explore at The Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh
*Eat a mexican chocolate Locopop
*See how many of the flavors we can try at Pelican's SnoBalls
*Grab a piece of cake and half price bottle of wine at Nantucket Grill
*Get some fresh groceries at one of the local Farmer's Markets
*Bring the kiddos to eat free on Tuesdays at Moe's
*Bring the bikes and ride laps at Oval Drive, Rockwood, or Cornwallis Rd. Parks
*Go for a run or bike on the American Tobacco Trail
*Sit on the lawn and listen to some music at the American Tobacco Campus
*Do a craft at Bull City Craft
*Watch a free movie at Northgate Mall
*Watch airplanes at the RDU observation park
*Cool off with a sweet treat at Local Yogurt
*Go fishing at Yates Mill Park
*Have a day of fun at Go Play Outside Now
*Go kayaking or canoeing at Lake Crabtree
*Listen to some bluegrass at Fridays on the Front Porch
*Take the train or drive to Discovery Place in Charlotte
*Get creative at the Scrap Exchange
*Get creative at Paint Your Pot or Glazed Expectations
*Try a new flavor at The Parlour
*Get breakfast for lunch at Dennys
*Slide down the giant slides at Duke Park
*Sit out on the patio at Geer St. Garden
*Have a day of adventure at the Asheboro Zoo
*Go blueberry picking at Herndon Hills Farm
*Sweeten up with a frosting shot at The Cupcake Bar
*Watch the trains at the downtown Amtrak station
*Wander through the flowers at Duke Gardens
*Play in the shade at Pineywood Park
*Celebrate the Fourth at Festival for the Eno
*Take ourselves out to the ball game and watch the Durham Bulls

*Find your wild side at Three Bear Acres
*Wave at the cars on the new American Tobacco Trail bridge
*Ride the New Hope Valley Railway
*See the stars at the Morehead Planetarium
*Explore Prairie Ridge Eco Station
*Hike in the NC Botanical Gardens and stop to rest in their wonder garden
*Cool off at Playnation
*Visit the animals and fish at the Greensboro Science Center
*Hear the roars at the Carolina Tiger Rescue
*Take a field trip to the Children's Museum of Alamance County
*Eat some ice cream while you rock at Mapleview Farms
*Chill out and just relax at Rock the Park Concerts/Movies, Northgate Mall Blues on the Plaza, or the Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series
*Ride the carousel at Pullen Park

Now, to create your own, have a Bucket List Party!

So I was recently invited to a "Bucket List Party" by my friends in N. Durham (Thanks Morgan and Ivey). I had not heard of/attended one of these parties before, and could not take my mind off of the movie "The Bucket List" which starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in 2007. Have no worries my friends! this party was not to incite what you would like to accomplished before you die, but in fact was a party to support creative ideas to gather for you and your children before the summer ends. This kinda stuff is right up my alley so I went and had a great time.  

We all came with ideas on interesting crafts, places to visit, and kid friendly activities that could be used indoors if the heat cautions you to stay inside.  The host, Morgan, supplied fondue chocolate and marshmallow dipping sauce with strawberries, bananas and shortbread cookies upon our arrival. She had markers, paper and poster board ready for each individual to list out what they will be doing with their families, and most importantly we all came equipped with our cell phones aka portable computers, to look up pinterest, facebook, youtube and other apps that groom creativity.  And let me just say that the entire group was team IPhone, while I am stuck with a Droid. Yes people, the playing field was not leveled, but I made it work anyway.  Here are some of the cool things we gathered:

* There are tons of free concerts and movies going on this summer:
  1. Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series
  2. Northgate Mall Blues on the Plaza
  3. Durham Cinematheque- Movies in the park
  4. Rock the Park Concerts/Movies- Durham Parks and Recreation
  5. Northgate Mall Free kids movies all summer
And a host of other fun activities that shall be posted on Stir crazy moms (got keep you guessing).

Other fun summer ideas included:
  • Setting up a lemonade stand with the kids
  • flying a kite
  • making a slip n slide
  • having a tea party 
  • making homemade ice cream
  • letting the kids run in the sprinklers.
All in all, this was a great party and got me really thinking about my summer with the kids. What are some fun activities, crafts, or events do you look forward to this summer?

1 comment:

Amanda Byrne said...

Thanks for including us in your bucket list! - Amanda B, Carolina Tiger Rescue

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