Think back to the end of the kids’ school year, when you promised yourself (and them) that this summer was going to be “so much cooler” than last summer. If you feel like you’re eating those words and that the clock is ticking for you to make amends, it may be time to write out a bucket list of the must do fun things for your family. Get your list started with these ideas that—we promise!—don’t take a lot of work to plan. And then sit back, relax, and watch the awesome points roll in.

Take a Vacation, Already!

If you haven’t taken a family vacation since 2002, it’s one of the first things to add to your list. Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville, Va is only a few hours from D.C. and boasts an indoor water park, rock climbing, zip lining, and more. Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Va is closer and also features an indoor water park If, of course, you can’t fit it in, try something new at home: it’s easy to create a waterpark in your own yard. Hang a hose from a tree or deck and let their imaginations take over.

What other fun activities are on your summer bucket list?

—Arnebya Herndon

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