A Bucket & Spade List

Regular readers will know I write a seasonal bucket list every three months – which is basically just a list of things I want us to do as a family over the coming season.  (Check out our current “Spring Bucket List“)
The Love Holidays “Bucket and Spade List” is a decidedly more ambitious list of things for families to do together before the children get too old to enjoy family holidays – so rather than aiming to get it all ticked off in the space of a few months this a longer term list (in fact I think I was about 17 the last time I went on holiday with my parents!).  Some things are easy enough to do at home, others require considerably more travel and planning.  The list is essentially to inspire you when it comes to planning your trips and adventures.

So far we’ve nailed:

See fish swimming in an aquarium – We took Ben to The Deep when he was about 18 months old and I’m in the process of planning a return visit as I know he’d love it now he’s older, as would the girls.
A very dinky Ben watching the fish with Daddy – December 2010

Play in the ocean – Ben and Chloe both discovered the joy of playing in the sea last summer and I know we’ll be aiming to do lots more of that this year!

Running to the sea in Bridlington – August 2014

Build a sand castle – Although we have a sand table at home there’s nothing like building a sandcastle on the beach is there?

A bucketless sandcastle in Blackpool – July 2014

See a penguin in real life – This is one we’ve done at the zoo.  At South Lakes Wild Animal Park you can get in penguin enclosure with them!  Not quite their natural habitat but it’s still “real life” isn’t it?

South Lakes Wild Animal Park with Aunty Custard – May 2011

Ride a donkey on the beach – Ben and Chloe ticked this one off in Lytham last summer, Amy wasn’t old enough but perhaps that’s something we’ll do with her this year.

Chloe & Erin ride the donkeys at Lytham – August 2014

Go sailing with your family – Does a quick boat ride in Whitby count?  It is a family tradition that we take a boat ride on holiday so I’m hoping we can continue that in France this summer.

A boat ride with Granny in Whitby – September 2011

So we’ve not made a bad start on the Bucket and Spade List however there’s plenty more we need to work on, many of which they’re just not old enough for and the majority of which are things I’ve yet to experience myself.  Just a handful of examples include:

Meet Santa in Lapland – this is one Aunty Nic and I have talked about for sometime and we’d love to get it organised!

Visit Disney World in Florida – I worked for Disney in my late teens, early twenties and have always wanted to visit Disney World with my family

Have lunch with a
Disney princess –
This is definitely something Chloe would love.  Dave and I have discussed taking the kids to Paris in a few years – when Ben is still young enough to love it but Amy old enough to appreciate it too.

What do you think of the Bucket and Spade List?  I’d love to know what you’d like to tick off next or if there’s anything you think is missing from the list?

 *This post was created in collaboration with Love Holidays*


  1. Tas D
    May 18, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Ooh I would love to go to Disney world. I'm not quite sure when we'd go now but I think I will add it to the list 🙂

    • May 18, 2015 / 9:23 am

      No I'm not sure when we'll manage it but it's definitely something I want to do!

  2. May 20, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    This is such a great list and I always love how dedicated to your Bucket Lists you are x

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