Bucket List for Kids: 101 Things to Experience in Childhood
What should your child do, see or experience before he or she turns 18? Metro Parent assembled this essential kit, with the help of southeast Michigan parents.
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26. Know how to let go of things they no longer need in life: outgrown clothes, an old toy or old habits that no longer serve them well.
– Carolyn Anderson-Fermann of Dexter, organizing expert of Simply Organized Life and mom of two (ages 5 and 3)
27. Try a daredevil stunt that lets them free fall – skydiving, zip lining, bungee jumping.
28. Play. Play daily and as fully, unfettered and as freely as one possibly can.
– Ann Stevenson of Clarkston, mom of Cassius, 9 and Coco, 8
29. Learn how to give and receive constructive criticism.
30. Go to a rock concert by the time they're 5. For the shock value. I saw Kiss at Cobo when I was about 9. It was badass.
– Brett Dowdican of Chesterfield Township, hair stylist and dad of Jaden, 4 and Maddox, 3 months
31. Indulge in unstructured, no-TV time where they have the chance to use their unique imaginations and create fantasy worlds and fun games by themselves.
– Frances Todd of Bloomfield Hills, WeeHands baby sign language teacher, mom of Isla, 6, Oliver, 4 and Finn, 2
32. Eat hometown grub. Better Made chips, Mexicantown taqueria tacos, Hamtramck paczki, Faygo pop (not soda).
33. Go camping. Not in a campground with hundreds of people, campers with TVs and hot showers. I'm talking about wilderness – no electricity, no other people. Just you, your kids and nature at its very finest. And there's no place better than here in Michigan.
– Leila Freijy, lawyer, Oakland Township, mom of Cyrus Keshtkar, 15
34. Jump into one of the Great Lakes (brrr!).
35. Explore a cave.
36. Go to a drive-in theater. Preferably one with the original sound speakers (i.e., the Ford Drive-In in Dearborn).
37. Plant something and tend to it, watching it grow.
38. Shake hands with a favorite celebrity. It's a thrill – yet kids learn they're just real people, too.
39. Experience unconditional love.
– Shelley Sherman Dube of Farmington Hills, mom of four ages 25, 23, 21 and 16
40. Build a tree fort.
– Joe Gall of Royal Oak, photographer, dad of son, age 7
41. Learn how to be responsible on social media, from guarding their private info to being respectful to themselves and others.
42. Give up something you really like for a week. Or month.
43. Learn to cook or bake something they love to eat. The kitchen is the heart of the home – and, besides nourishment, provides important lessons.
– Annie Lehmann of West Bloomfield, mom of kids ages 29, 22 and 20
44. Wear a costume when it's not Halloween.
45. Work hard to earn enough money to buy something they love (like their first two-wheel bike).
– Mary C. Craft of Davisburg, child life specialist, mom of three sons ages 34, 32 and 30
46. Do something crazy or "risky" with their appearance, whether it's letting them get whatever haircut they pick – or scribbling on their Converse shoes.
47. Play an instrument.
48. Drive a stick shift.
49. Experience wonder – whether it's believing in fairies, watching a beautiful sunrise or discovering new creatures in their backyard. Something that they can stand there, wide-eyed, and simply say, "Wow!"
– Jennifer Lavender-Schott of Ferndale, mom to Violet, 8 and Owen, 5
50. Learn how to read a mechanical clock – with minute and hour hands. Don't rely on digital clocks being at your disposal.