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Low Cost Summer Family Bucket List – Central / Eastern Iowa

Our Summer Break started at 11 am this past Monday. Well, the public school kids’ break started then anyway. My homeschooled son still had a few things to finish up and he finally completed them on Tuesday. {I’m a mean teacher…}

With 4 kids ages 4 – 10 and summer visitors on the way, I’d like a quick list of low cost activities we can do this summer. I’ve been kicking around the idea of a Summer Bucket List for a while, and finally made one, thanks to inspiration from another Iowa blogger, Val over at Corns, Beans, Pigs and Kids. Here’s a list of 13 things I’d like to do this summer with my kids and our friends.

Low Cost Summer Family Bucket List – Central / Eastern Iowa
Summer 2104 Bucket List

Hiking at  Devonian Fossil Gorge – free

Swimming at Coralville Lake – $1 per person over 12 years old or $4 for a carload

Visit the American Gothic House Visitor Center, take a picture,  and eat pie from the Pitchfork Pie Stand – cost of pie {Who knew? There’s a Gothic Fest the weekend good friends of ours will be here – June 14-16 ! Hope they want to check this out…}

Watch the stars come out – free

Have a water gun / balloon  fight at home

Go to the drive-in movie theater in Blue Grass, {$7 per adult, $3 per kid for a double feature on discount pricing days Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.}

Pick berries at a Pick Your Own farm – cost of berries

Read lots of books for various summer reading programs and take part in summer reading programs – free

Picnic and hiking at Wild Cat Den State Park – free

Bike along the Mississippi River front and play in the fountains – free

Visit the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village {no charge} and the Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead – $2 per adult, 16 and under free

Watch fireworks – free

Family Friday at Coral Ridge Mall – free

Are you planning anything fun this summer with your kids? Head on over to Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids to see what other Iowa bloggers are planning!



Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

Thursday 5th of June 2014

I'm not in Iowa, so most of this doesn't apply to me, but our summers are always filled with stargazing, water balloons, and books! We also play lots of board games. Thanks for the reminder to visit the drive-in. You are so right - not budget friendly, but a great memory maker! I'm heading over to check out Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids now. :)

Michelle Marine

Friday 6th of June 2014

I'm glad the post was useful for you too! Hopefully you can come out to Eastern Iowa one of these days and do some of these fun things, too! :-)

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids

Wednesday 4th of June 2014

I love your Eastern Iowa Family Summer Bucket List! I think going to the Drive-in theater and going to the American Gothic house are my favorites. I have so many memories of going to the drive-in growing up and would love to create similar memories for my kids. And I have never been to the American Gothic house but I have it on my Travel Iowa list. You'll have to share all about your experience!

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