We have a few fun and free ideas for summer on our end of summer bucket list. We are looking forward to many of the activities that we’ll be sharing with you today.
We are halfway through summer! How did we get here already? I have so much I wanted to do, far as traveling, activities and crafts. It feels like summer is slipping away, like sand through my fingers. What about you? How is your summer going? We hope you enjoy our summer bucket list of fun, and free things to do for summer.
Fun and Free Things To Do This Summer
I have been here in our town all summer due to sports. Gah. Now, we’ll be making back to school lists and doing summer clearance shopping. Before you know it back to school shopping. But, not quite yet! There is still time to have some fun! We have listed some summer bucket list ideas for you to capture all those moments left and to savor summer.
Plan a two day trip nearby
I’ve been dreaming of heading to Monterey again or Big Sur. Which has become a virtual island because of a bridge collapse and a landslide that blocks a huge section of Highway 1. We’d probably have to go up 101 to Monterey, and down to Big Sur on Hwy.1 (a different way, due to closures.) But I hear, almost all businesses are open. Have you ever traveled to Big Sur?
If your looking for places to stay I heard this place Glen Oaks Big Sur, is great to stay at. We heard that guests who call in July to reserve dates will be entered in a raffle to win 1 of 10 bottles of award winning Bernardus Wines. Simply put “Bernardus Promo” in the Notes field at time of booking when making reservations online, or please be sure to discuss it when making a phone reservation. Promotion excludes holidays and weekends.
- Valid for Redemption: July 11th, 2017 – October 30, 2017. Offer valid on the following days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun.
You might remember our trip to Carmel? See some of our travel adventures, grab some ideas and make a few plans.
Plan a day trip
Closer and another favorite day trip destination for us are the beaches along the Central Coast like Cayucos, Los Osos which has a nature preserve, and Cambria is another small coastal town just west of us and an easy 40 minute drive over the top of the coastal mountains, then right onto Hwy.1 If you are a long time reader you’ll remember some of my coastal posts. I promise to share photos after heading to the coast in Cambria. We love heading out there for lunch at Lynn’s cafe and deli after the beach.
Go to your local fair
Sammie sold tickets for our local Mid State Fair as a fundraiser for soccer. She’s excited for a few of the concerts that are coming up at one of the biggest fairs around with headliners that sell out in minutes! There is always so many free music concerts on the smaller stages, which are just as good.
If your in Paso Robles, California you know it’s a fun summer must. If you live elsewhere and have time for a drive, be sure to add this over-nighter to your bucket list. But, plan ahead lodging accommodations generally sell out. We are going to head over there to share what’s up at the fair this summer.
Read some books
I am finding myself getting our house back in order too, from summer at home. But, in between I have also finished a few books this summer. The most recent is The Breakdown, which I received a pre release copy of. I really enjoyed it as it was a pretty quick read, at around 328 pages.
“If you can’t trust yourself who can you trust?” The book was by the author B. A. Paris, who also wrote,Behind Closed Doors, which I didn’t read. The Breakdown is a mystery novel. By the end I never would’ve guessed it’s outcome! Just enough edge to keep you wondering…. Perfect for your lazy days indoors, beach or pool reading. Or read it this fall, when the kids go back to school.
There are a few more books on my summer reading list. More about them later. What have you been reading?
- Below I have ideas and resources for reading with the kids and kids reading.
Learn a new craft
As for crafts I’m trying to work on my crochet skills, and received this book Dumpling Cats to try my hand at. It has all skill level projects and the cutest little witch cat. Which is an intermediate project, which I doubt I am anywhere near to trying yet. I’ll have an overview of this craft book coming up soon. And a fun tutorial for a wreath craft coming up too.
Grab the free trial and learn this leather cuff craft DIY
Today and tomorrow there is a flash sale of creative online classes. If your interested in photography, art and design, and more. If you miss the flash sale you can still get up to 40% off online classes. We love kicking up our skills with classes. Do you?
Create Your Own Summer Camp
If you are looking for more fun ideas for summer and have kids you might like this DIY summer camp post with free book list printable and lots of ideas for having fun with the kids this summer.
Look for Fun and Free Activities
- See what free activities your city and library offer.
- Visit the local zoo
- Visit your local lake park
- Free printable DIY summer camp ideas listing free fun stuff to do with the kids.
Take the Kids to the Library
- Free Story Time and Make it @yourlibrary™ This is what’s in Paso Robles but, you can search for your library online and see their summer schedules of free fun stuff for kids.
Help Your Kids Read More!
- Don’t forget to grab the free printable book list
- Battle of the books Free book lists for kids of all ages.
Head to the Pool and Park
It’s hard to believe this girl is 15 now! I remember all those fun swim lessons at our community pool.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
Our End of Summer Bucket List;
- Finishing up Sammie’s room for back to school
- Working on clearing out supplies we won’t use
- Planning a two day trip
- Heading to the Mid State Fair
- Starting up our kitchen renovation work where we left off
- Beach trips!
- Practicing hand lettering since we just received Brush Pen Lettering (more to come about this DIY book)
- Spend time with our pets
What’s left on your summer bucket list? What end of summer plans do you have?
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