Family bucket list: 15 things to do before your kids get too old

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When it comes to family life, we can all agree on one thing: there is never enough time to do what you really want.

Also, kids aren’t little and willing forever, so there is actually a very small window to tick off your bucket list.

But don’t let that make you panic! Or stop you from writing your own very fun list of stuff to do before your kids grow up and decide mum and dad aren’t cool enough to hang out with anymore.

Apparently, that is a given.

With that in mind, here are 14 pretty simple and sweet ideas to get you started:

1. Go camping

Outdoor life is not for everybody but anyone can suck it up for just a couple of nights, right? Go on! Pack your mattress if you have to. The kids will love it.

2. Take a flight somewhere

It doesn’t have to be a long flight, just book one in and jump on together. The anticipation is sometimes the best part of these kinds of adventures.

3. Eat every meal outside

Pack a picnic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be it in your backyard, beside the sea, on a boat, or on top of a mountain.

4. Say yes to everything (within reason) for a whole day

Does this idea fill you with a little bit of dread? Me too! But why not throw caution to the wind for just one day. Imagine the delight.

5. Give your kids a pyjama day

Otherwise known as a day without school or daycare or anything in between. Stop the alarm, make pancakes for breakfast and just do something out of the ordinary.

6. Get in the picture

At least once a year, grab those kids, sit them down and take a snap. And if you can get away with it, put them in the same clothes.

7. Get on a boat

Canoe, ferry, sailing boat, cruise liner or old-fashioned tall ship. Just pick one, get everyone together and experience life on the high seas as a family. Don’t forget the life jackets.

8. Choose a pet

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t have to be a dog or cat. Turtles, birds, fish, rabbits, heck – even a worm will do. Just choose a pet together, make it a home and give it a name. It’ll be sure to feature in family lore for years to come.

9. Cook a whole meal from scratch

Bread, sauces, vegetables and something sweet for dessert. Head out to the market, buy all the ingredients and spend the day whipping it all up. Delicious and fun.

10. Volunteer

A soup kitchen, animal welfare centre, a preschool, a stall at the school fete or BBQ at the soccer field. Doing something for others is guaranteed to give you a boost, just choose something and stick at it together for the day.

11. Go to the circus

If the circus is not your thing, why not a live show, or some musical theatre or a play? Whatever it is, just make it something that you’re not watching on a screen. 

12. Plant a tree or make a vegetable garden

A tree can be a legacy. So can a vegetable garden. There is something very ritualistic and lovely about creating a living thing together.

13. Spend a day foraging

Mushrooming, apple picking, berry picking. You name it, there is somewhere you can go and easily pick it, fresh from the trees or farm together.

14. Have a dress up party

It doesn’t matter how old and serious you think you are, there is so much joy to be found in dressing up as someone else for the day. Invite some people around, make a theme and get your gear on.

15. Go on a ‘toss the coin’ adventure

Pile everyone in the car, get an old-school map (none of those electronic ones) and flip the coin. Go left and right depending on where it lands.


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