A kids bucket list

Things every child should have the chance to do before he grows up

1. Indulge in an unexpected treat like going out for dessert in your pyjamas

2. Play road hockey

3. Get to know a baby

4. Give something to charity

5. Put on a show for your parents

6. Play with mom’s makeup

7. Throw a snowball
• Sometimes the white stuff just begs to be hurled — at a tree or a wall, of course, not a person!

8. Stay up until midnight

9. Buy something with your own money

10. Teach a younger kid how to do something cool

11. Have a crush

12. Clean your room without being asked

13. Learn how to swim, bike and skate

14. Spend a school day playing hooky with mom or dad
• Explore the local museum, catch a movie or just hang out together.

15. Write a thank-you card
16. Say “I’m sorry” and mean it

17. Cut your dolls hair (or your own)

18. Read a classic kids’ book
• Check out our age-by-age reading guide

19. Have a sleepover with Grandma or another relative (without mom or dad around)

20. Cook something by yourself
• Try these kid-friendly recipes: Baked Bean Wrap; Four-Square Pizza; David’s Mother’s 5-Minute Tomato Sauce; Banana Dog.

21. Stand right up front to watch a parade

22. Go camping (or at least sleep outdoors in a tent)

23. Have a really good friend

24. Get super close to an animal that isn’t the family pet
• Catch a frog at the cottage.
• Pet a snake. (Where? Check reptilia.org.)
• Swim with sea lions. (Where? Check westedmall.com/play.)

25. Tell a joke
• For little kids, try Laugh with Chirp by Bob Kain.
• For big kids, try Jokelopedia by Ilana Weitzman.