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Free {or low-cost} Summer Bucket List Ideas {for kids in Connecticut}

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Everyone’s into making bucket lists these days. And as I’m a list-lovin’ writer, I’m jumping right in!

Here’s our Summer Bucket List for Kids & Families – everything is free or low cost (sometimes with library passes, etc). Where applicable, I’m providing Connecticut area links (to blog posts or websites) to give you more information! The $ sign in front signifies that you will/may have to spend a little money on this activity.

  1. $ Ride a carousel – I don’t know why but this is top on my list! Check out The Carousel in Bushnell Park – for $1.00!
  2. Have a backyard campout
  3. Roast marshmallows
  4. Play at the beach
  5. Build a sand castle
  6. Fly a kiteHammonassett State Park should be great for this!
  7. Look for butterflies, ladybugs, and birds
  8. Hike a trail – we love the rails-to-trails easy walking trail in Bolton at Steele’s Crossing Road
  9. Visit the library – check out the awesome playroom at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford
  10. Visit a museum – FREE Second Saturdays For Families at Wadsworth Atheneum
  11. Ride a ponyKrell Farm in Farmington has $5 pony rides
  12. $ Pick strawberries – we love the berry patches in South Glastonbury – either Rose’s Berry Farm or Belltown Hill Orchards
  13. $ Pick blueberries – see above!
  14. $ Attend a farmer’s market – we’re anxious to get up at 4 am to make it to the huge Hartford Regional Farmer’s Market
  15. $ Go out to breakfast – our favorite spot is still First & Last Bakery
  16. Have fun at a cool playground
  17. Cool off at a splash pad – Wolcott Park is clean, and with a playground adjacent. Read a detailed review at Out and About Mom
  18. Ride bikes – we’ll be giving the Tricycoo and the Cocoon by Joovy some action this summer!
  19. Make s’mores
  20. Read 100 books
  21. Go on a picnicHill-stead Museum in Farmington, CT is lovely
  22. Visit a kid’s museum – we have enjoyed Kidcity and Stepping Stones*
  23. Go to the aquariumMaritime Aquarium of Norwalk is on our list*
  24. Visit the zooBeardsley Zoo is small but good for a day trip.* And this year they have the Kissing Camels!
  25. Watch fireworks - Check out the full CT roundup!
  26. Swim at the local pool
  27. $ Run in a race – The Summer Grand Prix Cross Country was a fun series at Wickham Park
  28. $ Eat ice cream - we are definitely checking out Cows and Cones over by New London
  29. Go cloud watching - Elizabeth Park is a lovely spot
  30. Make gigantic bubbles
  31. $ Go minigolfing
  32. Watch trains – We have yet to visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum
  33. Have a play date in the car (DVD player, snack)
  34. Attend an outdoor concertGreat River Park in East Hartford has free Summer Pops concerts
  35. Watch sailboats – I hear Mystic Seaport is a great spot
  36. Visit a farm
  37. Watch a baseball game – Free Vintage baseball games in Hartford!
  38. Do science experiments in the kitchen
  39. Prepare and can homemade jams - you know, after you pick berries?:)
  40. …Daydream about more things to do!

*Free library passes usually available!
What’s on your Summer Bucket List? If you’re in CT, what do you recommend?

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JessieJune 2, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Great ideas for things to do while I’m babysitting this summer!
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MandyMay 27, 2013 - 10:59 pm

What a great list, Julie! Thanks for including a link to our post on Wolcott.
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