Bucket lists are always so much fun to plan, and checking off an item feels awesome. We are a family of four so that means we need a kid-friendly bucket list, full of adventure and some educational things too. There will be anything from different countries to things you can do probably somewhere local to you! I just had a long talk with my husband that I’d rather have our children have memories of great things we have done, then just immaterial objects. Now saying that I tend to get attached to certain things then obsess over getting more and more of whatever object I like, So this will be a challenge for me as well.
Here is our Ultimate Family Bucket List
Stay in the Mountains in a cabin
Stay in a nice warm cabin during the winter months or summer months. See where we went to stay in a beautiful cabin here
Visit an ancient city
Greece, Turkey, and Rome the possibilities are endless, also a great way to show kids how things have changed in the world over time.
Build a Fort
This honestly should be number one, I mean come on who doesn’t want to build a fort.
Visit all or some of the Disney Locations
Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Aulani just pure magic. Every kid should get to experience at least one of the parks! More on the expensive side and a lot more crowded but nonetheless worth it. We go with the whole family about once a year for a big family trip, it’s always a blast spending time with each other.
Blueberries are delicious and are so much fun when you can pick your own, I know during the spring there are a few local places around us who have it open for the public to pick some during the springtime.
Have a family game night
If staying at home is your thing then try having a game night every month or week with the family.
Visit the Grand Canyon
Take in the beautiful view of the Grand Canyon. Show the kids this historical view and watch their eyes light upon how big it is!
Watch a movie at a Drive-in Theater
Some Drive in’s are only $15 per car and show new movies. Cheap and fun!
Volunteer at a toy drive
Such a great way to show kids how to appreciate what they have, and learn even the smaller part of volunteering can make a big impact on someone.
Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado
You can feed an elephant and Giraffe with a beautiful view of the mountains. I added this to the list because I saw a friend go there one month and it just looked beautiful and we couldn’t pass up feeding some animals.
Have a paint fight
Get messy, have fun. Micheals as the new Goblies throwable paint collection. We recently done this and loved it, see our review here.
Visit the Please Touch Museum
The kids will love it here because they can touch everything and not get in trouble. Located in Philadelphia, PA it’s said to be the best museum for kids! Visit their site here.
Drive to California’s Giant Redwood Trees
California has a lot to offer when traveling but the Redwood trees are something else. You can stop and wonder and look up to some of the oldest trees out there, take a picnic and just relax with the family.
Walk around Time Square
I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted to go to New York City and just walk around and explore, see the Statue of Liberty, and go ice skating in Central Park
Whale watching in Iceland
Beautiful creatures, gorgeous blue water, and one of the safest countries to travel too. Even though you may be thinking only adults go to Iceland, it actually can be an amazing experience for kids as well! Plus they have Puffins, which is just the cutest thing in the world.
Go Kayaking/ Canoeing down a river
I know when I was 15 my family went canoeing down the Weeki Wachee River, and it was a blast. The waters are 72 degrees year round and feel amazing on a hot day here in Florida.
Swim with marine life
Who can say no to swimming with Dolphins? But honestly make sure to find a location that fully takes care of their wildlife.
Go on a Cruise
Of course, a Disney cruise is geared towards kids the most having Disney themed play areas just for certain ages, parents can go and get a massage in the Adult areas as well. The restaurants are simply amazing and so much fun! This one is definitely on our list.
Cave tubing in Belize
I personally have done this and it was a blast! I went while on a Port stop for a cruise, we went off the cruise line and only paid about $20 per person. There is a risk of doing that, as the cruise line will leave without you if you are not back in time. But I personally loved this and the caves were amazing and so beautiful, I would love for my boys to experience when they get a bit older. Our tour guide was named Avatar and he was the coolest guy there, made the whole experience so much fun!
We want to do it all, go see Buckingham Palace, Ride the busses, see Big Ben, go on the London Eye. Ever since I saw the movie “What a girl wants” with Amanda Bynes when I was like 13, I have wanted to visit London just to see if its the same as the movies.
Visit The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
Now, this is one of the things I want to bring the kids to for an educational purpose. James and I both love history, and we want to teach that to our kids as well. Why not go to one of the Greatest Museums ever and show them what our country and our world has done, made, and went through. because there are so many parts to the Smithsonian it will take a few days to vistist each part but just imagine the amazing things you and your kids can learn!
Pro Tip : Instead of a hotel try an Airbnb it can save you some money when traveling. Also do your reserch make sure to know where you are going and what you can do. We are currently planning a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and I am now in full planning mode only being a month away! I look forward to keeping you updated on our new trip!
As we cross off things we, of course, will add some to our list. What is something you think should be on the list? Have you visited any of these places or done anything on our list? Let us know in the comments!