Summer Bucket List {kids edition} 2013

UPDATE: 2013
This summer is going to be a fun one!

Can not believe my baby is going to be going to FIRST GRADE in 4 mos!!!
I am compiling a {wish} list of fun things to do in the unifour area as well as some great ideas for day trips. Some of these can be week day play dates and some will be reserved for our family! I really think they ALL lend well to either. Our theme this summer is   


{Local} Summer Fun
This place is great! We have a Membership $70/yr is so worth it! 
We go at least once a month! They have wonderful week long summer camps that have fun theme each week. 

Great pool and waterslide, can take your own picnic. Half price after 4pm AWESOME!

Haven’t been yet but Discovery Channel LOVES it. Great loco for a play date!

FUN!! We went last year and had a great time. They also have a carousel and play area
Haven’t been here yet either, looks fun.
Tough Enough Rodeo
a good old fashioned rodeo right in Caldwell County! Talk about family fun! This place is a hoot! My son LOVED it. Just a tidbit of info. It doesn’t get really rolling until almost 8 so be warned it might be a late evening but, it was worth it. EAT before you go, all they have is cotten candy and a few muchies

Carmike Movies
talk about a deal and an EASY & COOL way to spend a morning… Carmike does 2nd run movies on Thursday mornings for $4 includes the movie, drink, and snack

Day Trips {all around NC/SC}

Catawba Queen
Summer Storytime & Pirate Landing Mini Golf
this is the coolest thing!
 EVERY Tues & Thurs morning a 1 hr ride around the lake while hearing a story with milk & cookies!

Zootastic Park, Statesville/Troutman area
I had never even heard of this place until Groupon! Yipee got a 4pk for cheep! Fun day trip!! WE LOVED IT! Took a picnic,  a guide takes you around and tells you all about the anmials. Great place!

Also found this place from Groupon they had  2 for 1 special!! It is a TRUE campground. A little rough around the edges but, the kids LOVED it. Take a picnic, they have a huge pool, huge waterslide, putt-putt, paddle boats, canoes, horse shoes, all kinds of goodies! 

Tweetsie, Blowing Rock

Here is another place that with it only being 40 mins away a Season Pass is the way to go! You can take your own picnic, great fun rides that younger kids can enjoy!

Sliding Rock, Brevard, NC 
This is a place where I spent ALOT of time!! It is absolutely beautiful and I am soooooo excited to get a group of my best college friends together to take our families to enjoy the wonder of the Water Falls!! My best tip is go LATE in the summer the water is really, really COLD!! I think we will wait until July! 
New to me and appears to be fantab!! Hope to take a day trip with friends! Looks soooo fun!!
Tanglewood Park, Winston Salem
went here tons as a kid. Can’t wait to take Jack!
Heard fantab things about this place and look forward to meeting our friends here!!
NC Zoo, Asheboro
the zoo is great, Jack loves it and we will be going to visit j’s great gma this summer and will go again!
Had to include this as I have been told this is a great place. 
Not sure when we will work it in as it is a tish far about 2.5 hrs but I just love a zoo! 

going to a wedding in 2 weeks in Raleigh, thought we would check this place out!!
Discovery Place KIDS & Discovery Place Charlotte
This place is so cool! Gets super crowded but a great learning space for Pre-K through 2nd grade

NC Aquariums, Pine Knoll Shores
this is somewhere we plan to visit on our yearly trip to Ocean Isle, last year we went to the Myrtle Beach Aquarium and it was fine but, once is enough!  SO CROWDED and pricey for what it is.

Carowinds, Charlotte
Amusement Park, need I say more?

Grandfather Mountain, Linville
I am so excited to take Jack. I will highlight a few events they are doing for kids!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
July 11-14, 2013
Highland Games, Celtic music & dancing, turkey leg, lots of kids actvities what more could you ask for? 

How are you keeping your little people busy this summer?
Coming up!! My Family Fun Guide to Ocean Isle
xoxo, mama bird

Summer Crafts for kids {Ideas?}

What an awesome list The Long Thread has compiled of 50 Summer Crafts with kids. I am thinking that if I could get in 1 a week I would be ecstatic. I think we will attempt that. 1 a week and I will link you to the tutorial that inspired the craft and what we actually did! FUN times!!

Please feel free to leave your craft ideas in the comments. Jack is almost 4. I don’t mind if it’s messy and the more creative the better!!!

Summer Bucket List

Thanks so much to Joni over at Six Cherries on Top for the fantab idea of a Summer Bucket List! I love this!! She even made this great image! LOVE

spring summer bucket list


Plan j’s 4th Birthday

K’s Wedding Planning

Host a “camp-out”

Host a monthly family night pizza & pool party!!

Movie night once a month with the GIRLS

Date Night with Hubs once a month


Go canoeing and/or rafting

Visit the mts at least once a month



Discovery Place Kids

Beach trip


Paint shutters

plant more annuals

wash windows

new mailbox


Make a great summer wreath for front door

and House Numbers for front door

Re-purpose, Re-cycle, Re-cycle,

USE, gift, donate or sell.

ELIMINATE clutter!!


Veggies ONLY 1 night a week

{FRESH from MY garden}

What is on YOUR “bucket list”

for Summer of 2011?

xoxo, mama bird


Last Friday my sister, my best friend and I took our kids to Tweetsie! Dora and Diego were there and it was a super fun day! It rained 3 times, once it was a monsoon and we still had a blast!!!


If you have not been to Tweetsie I highly recommend going! Especially if you have young kids! They have an entire ride section for kids who are typically too young to ride.


They have tons of picnic tables and you can bring in your own picnic!! Or you can buy a lunchbox for $7 kids can choose from a slice of cheese pizza, pb&j or hotdog, chips, crackers or cookies and a drink. It was a great day!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

VBS Snack Planning {High Seas Expedition}

I know it doesn’t shock you to hear that I am in charge of planning the snacks for VBS. Last year was my 1st year as the station leader for snacks and I loved it! You know how I love to plan menus and snacks and trying to keep it healthy and have the kids enjoy it is a huge bonus! This year we have 150 kids signed up and we start on Monday!! I will post some pics of our AMAZING Decor, truly our Ms Freida should be a set designer! I can not believe how great everything looks! INSPIRING!!

Our theme is High Seas Expedition and the ideas that they have are a lot better than in years past. I am taking some of their ideas and adding a few of mine to make snacks a hit! They like there to be a sweet & salty snack for each day.

Monday~ Peter’s Jail Mix

I made a snack mix last year that the kids adored.

Popcorn, chex mix, yogurt covered raisins, dried fruit and  m&m’s, cheese balls, and whatever else I find to add!

Tuesday~ Chip Wrecks

Tortilla Chips and carrots with salsa & ranch dip

yogurt sticks

Wednesday~Surf & Snakes

BLUE jello cups topped with cool whip & gummy snakes


Thursday~ Forgiveness Clouds

Vanilla cupcakes with fruit filling & marshmallow butter cream (homemade by me!)

Hummus & pretzels

Friday~Share Kabobs

Fresh Fruit & Cheese Kabobs