Summer Bucket List

Even though the hot and humid weather is already in full swing around here (thanks Nebraska for the early season 100+ degree temps…ugh), the first day of summer just “officially” arrived earlier this week.

Nora bubbles

Similar to my fall bucket list last year, I thought I’d compile a list of fun summer activities I’d like to do. I’m also hoping it will serve as a good reference when we find ourselves wondering what we should do each day/weekend. Some of the ideas are specific to the Lincoln area, but hopefully they’ll give some inspiration for where you live too if you aren’t local.


2016 Summer Bucket List:

1. Attend a summer concert series (Lincoln Municipal Band, Stransky Park, Friday Nights Live at Southpointe, Jazz in June, Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Series)

2. Visit the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

3. Have a picnic.

4. Go see Finding Dory.

5. Attend a Lincoln Saltdogs game.

Nora splash park

6. Make s’mores in the backyard.

7. Visit all of the farmers markets (Haymarket, Old Cheney, Fallbrook, University Place, Old Market, Aksarben).

8. Read five books (taking suggestions for good light reading!).

9. Go to the pool at least once every couple weeks (we’re lucky enough that Jordan’s parents have one!).


10. Do at least two wine tastings at local vineyards (James Arthur, Deer Springs, Glacial Till, SchillingBridge, Junto, WunderRosa, Cellar 426).

11.  Visit the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

12. Go to a 4th of July Parade.

13. Visit Mahoney State Park and go paddle boating.

14. Play miniature golf.


15. Take a family vacation in a cooler climate.

16. Go to the College World Series in Omaha.

17. Go fishing.

18. Attend the Lancaster County Fair and/or the State Fair.

19. Try a new cut of meat in our smoker twice a month (we’ve done ribs, brisket, pork roast, and salmon before – any new suggestions for us or special recipes/methods?).


20. Visit the Sunken Gardens.

21. Make homemade ice cream.

22. Host at least two BBQs with friends and family.

23. Go on a family bike ride.


24. Do a 4th of July craft.

25. Tour and taste at a local brewery (Blue Blood, Ploughshare, Zipline, Lucky Bucket, Boiler).

26. Finish revamping our flower beds (more of a long-term goal than bucket list item probably, but hey whatever works).

27. Fly a kite (I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve done this simple yet joyful activity).

28. Make homemade popsicles.

29. Take a mini road trip with friends for a girls weekend (taking ideas for less than four hours from Lincoln!).

30. Go to Morrill Hall.


Did I miss any summer activities and events that are must-do’s on your family’s list? How do you celebrate summer when it’s blazing hot out?

4 Comments on Summer Bucket List

  1. Elizabeth H
    June 25, 2016 at 1:12 am (4 years ago)

    Your list is impressive! Going to throw out a couple comments —

    1) Loved the beer at Boiler. Lots of yummy fruit cider options right now! 2) I tried Shakespeare in the Park for the first time last weekend and loved the atmosphere, even though our particular show had a pretty “dead” audience, unfortunately 🙁
    3) Des Moines had a pretty impressive farmer’s market compared to Lincoln (and Omaha, per my sister). In case you wanted to combine the quick weekend trip and farmers market options!

    Happy Friday!

    • mhofker
      June 26, 2016 at 1:35 am (4 years ago)

      I almost forgot about Shakespeare in the Park. Thanks for throwing that out there! A blogger I follow (Iowa Girl Eats) always talks about the DM farmers market, so it really must be great since you confirmed. That’s a fantastic idea for a road trip destination!

  2. Meghan
    June 30, 2016 at 2:40 am (4 years ago)

    Love your ideas and totally stealing lots of them! It’s hard to think of things to do when it’s sweltering outside so it’s definitely nice to have them listed out!

    • mhofker
      July 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! The list was probably a little ambitious, but I figured writing them out would get them out of my brain and make me more likely to accomplish them. 🙂 I think a play date and/or couples date is in order for some of these! 😉


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