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End of Summer Bucket List for Toddlers

Friends, the end of summer is near. Here in North Carolina, we haven’t had too awful a summer. I can’t even remember a day that broke 100 and normally by now, we’re hitting 105 degrees by 5 PM. Instead, we’re sitting pretty in the 80s but the days are shortening and the pool has posted a last-day notice.

There’s a bit of grieving going on at our house. We are summer people, made for the beach and sunshine. We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to do for entertainment when the pool closes. And none of us are particularly excited about sweaters and heavy coats, especially the preschooler. But instead of focusing on the not-fun stuff that comes with winter, I’ve put together an end of summer bucket list for our little family. What’s on your end of summer bucket list?

  • Mourning the end of summer? 1 of 10
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    Here's a bucket list of fun activities to do while we wait for fall!

  • One fish, two fish… 2 of 10
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    Go fishing! Teach your child patience while spending quality time together in the warm summer sun.

  • Study zoology. 3 of 10
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    Get to the zoo while the weather is warm and the animals are out! It's a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers to fill the weekends after the pools close. 

  • Have a campfire. 4 of 10
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    During the summer, we love to get together with neighbors to roast marshmallows in the fading sun. The kids are barefoot and sun-kissed, the beer is cold, and the s'mores are plenty. While we may continue having bundled-up fires in the winter, they will lack the fireflies and carefree nature of the summer. We will make it a point to have one final summer campfire with the neighbors!

  • Have ice cream for lunch. 5 of 10
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    Okay, maybe not for lunch. But we plan on going to a local favorite called Goodberry's one last time before the weather gets cool! Goodberry's is all outside with a walk-up window, so it is perfect in the summer with umbrellas and a water fountain. They're famous for "concretes," which are toddler-friendly as they don't spill!

  • Take one last dip. 6 of 10
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    Most outdoor pools close over Labor Day, so get into the chlorine! Take one last swim as a family and shut down the pool bag and diving sticks for the year.

  • Go on a nature hike. 7 of 10
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    Make a list of things to find — lady bugs, fallen leaves, a pond, or a worm. Be sure to wear hats to ward off ticks and pack water to stay hydrated!

  • Soak up the last bit of sun. 8 of 10
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    The beach is only two hours away for us, so it's easy! One last goodbye to the sand and waves until Summer 2014. We will miss you, sunscreen and sandcastles!

  • Eat outside. 9 of 10
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    It doesn't have to be a picnic, just have a meal outdoors! Eating on our porch is a summer favorite, so I'm going to make sure we get one last meal in on our deck before it's too cold. Mmm, grilled veggies!

  • Go camping. 10 of 10
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    This is one of my favorite activities in the fall, so getting out at the end of the summer is a promise of the fun things to come!

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Easy ways to encourage toddler independence without losing your sanity.

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