A Creative Summer Bucket List to Make, Learn & Enjoy From a Mom Artist

A Creative Summer Bucket List to Make, Learn & Enjoy From a Mom Artist


I finally got a chance to finish our summer bucket list. I call it ours but it’s for my little guy. Last year was my first time putting a bucket list together, and I think it was more of a generic list that anyone can do. This year I started thinking about it earlier and trying to be true to us, my life and what his life is with a mom artist. That is how I took more of a creative approach this summer. 


I have a little bookworm, even if he doesn’t quite know how to read. I want books to be part of his life, they are tools to learn, enjoy and better yourself in so many ways. I was just telling a fellow mom how reading helped me tremendously, it improves your vocabulary, expands your word comprehension and your writing benefits from it too. Win win all around.

There are reading programs but he’s still too little, so we just put it on our schedule to go to the library every week. He loves spending time at the children’s section at the library playing. While he does that with Daddy I go get my books and pick a few books for him.


With his mom being an artist he will definitely have a close relationship to the art world. It doesn’t mean he has to be an artist, I just want him to be able to appreciate art. Although this is part of his life not just the summer, I made sure we made a more conscious effort to make regular museum visits.

Luckily several artist friends had art openings, works in shows and we have so many open studios here in Houston that there is always a place to go. He also gets to see art when we travel. He got to experience the Polar Bear exhibit in Guatemala which had a polar bear from every country. His favorite was the interactive Van Gogh exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He got to touch the Starry Night sky, hang with Van Gogh & his sunflowers and made mommy an art piece.

Playdates are a must with your little ones, but I think quality playdates are that much more important. This summer playdates will be a little different, and hope my creative moms are around for them.

This was harder to plan than I thought. My few moms friends are kind of spread out and our kids are still too small, this means smaller windows of opportunities. We did have playdates trying to do sports & going to the museum. The rest of our creative dates were just mommy and me time. On the weekends we included Daddy. One of our most successful play date was six kids under one roof. All of us moms have been friends since middle school & high school. Let’s say it was hard to get one good photograph of ALL of them behaving.

Recently this little child of mine has discovered dancing. He hasn’t quite gotten his dancing legs but he loves to dance to live music, in our arms. I want to expose him to different types of music. 

I found several ways to attempt this, even if it didn’t mean dancing. He just loves music. Some of the places was dinner with live music, parties with live bands and concerts in the park.

Road trips are always expected during summer, at least in our household. Our little boy has been taking road trips since he was two months old. He’s so used to them now that he is always watching his daddy drive wondering where the next adventure is. Loves the car rides. 

As much as summers are perfect for road trips, this summer was brutal with the heat that it brought. We did manage to go to Austin. It was a combination of summer roadtrip/my birthday celebration. We went in search of colorful murals + delicious bites.  He loves color and food, his mom (color) & (food) dad .



When you welcome a child to your life, it all changes, as in your entire life. Summers were different, at a completely slower pace and didn’t necessarily include learning. A child changes you for the best, to make you a person to help guide and structure their lives. How lucky are we? Now let’s make their summer one to remember, take lots of photos in case they don’t remember!

Definitely starting early with next year’s list. I’m brainstorming for ideas.

  • First international flight (in case we don’t go before next summer)
  • Play or an opera (for children, maybe)
  • Collaboration piece of art 

What is on your bucket list? Let’s help each other creative moms!

Leslie M. Guzmán is a Guatemalan artist best known for her creative explorations of world cultures. Her works capture the untold stories of people, objects and the places from which they come.

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