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Every summer, a handmade “Summer Bucket List” hangs on our refrigerator. The kids and I love sitting down to come up with our list, choosing a variety of day trips, excursions, and activities. Some years, our list contains more trips and vacation-related items, while other years we rely on at-home fun.

Today I wanted to share with you a few awesome at-home summer activities that are definitely worthy of a “Summer Bucket List.” With a little help from Oriental Trading, your “go-to” source for summer fun, you can plan a few activities sure to make this summer one to remember!

Let it GLOW

Kids LOVE staying up late – and in  our house, being up past sunset (especially in the summer!) is a rare occurrence. Whether you set up a tent in the backyard or simply spend an evening sitting around the fire or star-gazing from the trampoline together as a family, adding in the fun of glow sticks will set the night apart.

Grab an assortment of glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, glow glasses…and light up your night!

Bucket List Ideas:

  • Glow Tag (Have every member wear glow bracelets, necklaces, etc!)
  • Lay the necklaces on the ground and play glow-in-the-dark bean bag toss.
  • Glow in the dark star-gazing
  • Glow in the dark family camp-out

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Grab these fun Glow Stick Rockets and launch them as a family! The value packs offered at Oriental Trading means no one in the family gets left out! Have a contest and see who can launch their rocket the highest!

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Check out Oriental Trading’s HUGE selection of Glow products.

Backyard Games

One of my favorite things about summer vacation is the time spent outside together as a family. While I love gathering around the kitchen table to play games together, there’s nothing quite like spending time together in the warm sunshine. Keep your backyard time interesting and fresh with a few backyard games.

Bucket List Ideas:

  • Family Game Day
  • Backyard Game Olympics

It will be hard to miss this GIANT game of Snakes and Ladders!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to play with these Giant Backyard Dominos?

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Ready to play? See what fun games and activities you can find in Oriental Trading’s Games and Activities section!

Water Play

You can never go wrong with water play on a hot summer day! Kids LOVE to throw on their swimsuits and cool down by playing with water.

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Bucket List Ideas:

  • Run through the sprinkler! (Including the awesome Inflatable Sprinkler Beach Ball Toy shown above!)
  • Squirt gun fight! (TONS of squirt guns available at Oriental Trading!)

If your summer plans don’t include a road-trip or vacation – there is still SO much fun to be had! Get creative. Get outdoors. Enjoy time together as a family. Don’t forget to check out Oriental Trading and their HUGE variety of summer fun products!! Happy summer everyone!