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What are Before-They-Grow-Up Lists?
What are Before-They-Grow-Up Lists?

Your kids are going to grow up really, really fast. Whether you are basking in the joy of a newborn or barely coping with your young kids, their childhoods will be over in a blink of an eye. Starting a Before-They-Grow-Up List is a great way to take a proactive approach to the experiences you want to have with your kids. And remember, not everything has to be a dramatic, huge, expensive trip or experience. You may have very basic and simple things on your list and you may change it every year.

We also recommend having a list for each of your kids. For example, if you have a newborn, your list may include taking a nap together. Lots of Dads note this has one of their favorite things ever way back when their kids were newborns. Other Dads have said that starting a Before-They-Grow-Up List when their kids are young ensures that things they’ve always wanted to do with their kids don’t get missed out on Every year with your kids is so incredibly different, be proactive in creating your own lists. Once that period of childhood is over, it is now gone and you’ll never have them back again. Quite honestly, it sucks. We hope this spurs you to action to create your own Before-They-Grow-Up List right now.

Adventure:

  • Go to the Colosseum in Rome
  • Go sailing or even take a sailing lesson together
  • Go zip-lining
  • Ride inner tubes down a lazy river
  • Go on a whale watching cruise
  • Go on a glass bottom boat
  • Go on a motorcycle ride together on the open road
  • Go geocaching
  • Go on a helicopter ride
  • Build a treehouse together
  • See the northern lights
  • Go ice fishing
  • Cross country RV trip on Route 66
  • Visit your favorite national park
  • Go off-roading on ATVs
  • Visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico or a cave closer to you
  • Go to a NASA rocket launch
  • Watch a total solar eclipse, (safely, of course), even if you have to travel to the best viewing spot
  • Go on an African safari
  • Visit an island
  • Visit the US Capital
  • Visit the capital of your state
  • Visit your birth country or ancestral country
  • Go rockhounding (there are even places where kids can mine for rubies and other gems!)
  • Go gold prospecting or panning
  • Dig for fossils
  • Visit a real ghost town
  • Visit the Grand canyon
  • Go rafting on the Colorado River
  • Take an outdoor tracker class together
  • Visit Area 51
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Visit the highest point in the continental US – Mount Whitney, California
  • Visit the lowest point in the continental US – Death Valley, California
  • Visit all 58 of USA’s national parks
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Go horse back riding
  • Visit a volcano in Hawaii
  • Go to a sweat lodge
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Sleep in a yurt
  • Learn how to make a bow and arrow together
  • Go camping in the wilderness
  • Go to Chicago for St. Patrick’s day to see the river dyed green
  • See the Pasadena Rose Parade in person
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go to Las Vegas
  • Spend the day in a water park
  • Go snorkeling

Artsy/Creative:

  • Turn Grandma’s handwritten recipes into a cookbook and learn how to make them all
  • Create a significant piece of art together, frame it, and put it up in our house
  • See your favorite band in concert
  • Restore a classic car
  • Learn how to use a pottery wheel
  • Learn to play the an instrument they don’t teach in school like the bass guitar
  • Learn to play a unique instrument like the steel drum, didgeridoo, or accordion
  • Start a vegetable garden and enter them in a local contest
  • Go fruit picking. Fun fact – fruit you pick yourself tastes better!
  • Learn to make jewelry (like wire wrapping, braided cloth, beads, etc)
  • Learn glassblowing
  • Learn how to weld
  • Win the chili cook-off or enter a different cooking/baking competition
  • Enter a sandcastle competition
  • Concoct a new and delicious family recipe
  • Learn a new dance style like the Flamenco or the Polka
  • Make a scrapbook
  • See a play, musical or ballet
  • Build a bird house or something else out of wood….like a work bench for the garage or even a go cart
  • Build a snowman and make snow angels
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build the best cardboard box fort castle ever!
  • Carve your names on a tree
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Plant a tree in the backyard
  • Finger paint with your toddler
  • Have a family pumpkin carving or painting competition
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Put on a puppet show
  • Go to a film festival
  • Make an afternoon of watching the clouds and spotting different shapes in them

Educational:

  • Teach them how to change a tire
  • Teach him how to handle heartbreak
  • Teach her how to throw a punch
  • Teach him how to write a love letter
  • Learn a new language
  • Volunteer at a charity organization
  • Visit an observatory
  • Go to an aquarium
  • Start a backyard compost heap
  • Learn the art of Shortwave radio communication and buy or even build your own.  Then contact someone in every state.
  • Learn and identify the constellations in the night sky (And no, Orion’s Belt is not itself a constellation…but Orion is and he’s really cool!)
  • Visit the Louvre in Paris
  • Visit the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles
  • Teach them how to play Poker
  • Run a lemonade stand
  • Become your Boy Scout’s troop leader
  • Teach the older ones how to drive a motorcycle or dirt bike
  • Teach the older ones how to drive a stick shift
  • Repair your car together
  • Take them to the house you grew up in.  If you have to travel to see it, even better!
  • Teach them how a mortgage works.
  • Teach them how to not get ripped off when buying a car or going to a mechanic. (I.e. “No Joel, there is no such thing as headlight fluid”)
  • Build a robot and enter it in a competition. (There are even robot kits available online!)

Sporty:

  • Win a Father-Son Tennis Tournament together
  • Go see a WWE match
  • Get tickets to see the Olympics
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to paddle-board or kayak
  • Run a half marathon
  • Go snowboarding or skiing
  • Learn yoga
  • Teach them how to throw a football
  • Be their little league or soccer coach…even if only for 1 season
  • Go to a drag race
  • Go to Wimbledon together to watch tennis

Misc:

  • Go to Disney World or Disneyland
  • Get mohawks
  • Watch every episode of your favorite TV show
  • Read all the books in your favorite series or a new series you’ve always wanted to read
  • Win a pie eating contest
  • Go to Comic Con
  • Have a good old fashioned tea party – complete with stuffed animals
  • Play dress up
  • Write a song together and make a music video of you singing it together
  • Get a mani-pedi together
  • Enter a video game contest together….and WIN it!
  • Go window shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
  • Play miniature golf
  • Go go kart racing at a nearby track
  • Start a collection of some sort.  It can be anything from rocks to coins to shells that look like grandma
  • Have the talk about what to look for in a partner and/or how to be a good partner
  • Teach them how to swim
  • Take an ugly Christmas sweater photo
  • Visit a real haunted house
  • Have a classic movie marathon – because no childhood is complete without seeing the original Star Wars trilogy
  • Go butterfly catching
  • Catch fireflies
  • Dress up and go to the Renaissance Fair
  • Go to your state or county fair and win them a giant stuffed animal
  • Have a squirt gun fight

Baby:

  • Take a nap with your newborn
  • Run along the beach with them in them in the stroller

BONUS!  HERE’S 10 MORE

  • Raise silkworms together
  • Watch the sunrise together
  • Make a rope or tire swing together
  • Go puddle jumping
  • Collect earthworms in the rain
  • Race remote control cars
  • Bury each other in the sand
  • Go snow sledding in the backyard or up in the mountains if you’re down south
  • Play cops and robbers
  • Play hide and seek

Your kids are going to grow up really, really fast. Whether you are basking in the joy of a newborn or barely coping with your young kids, their childhoods will be over in a blink of an eye. Starting a Before-They-Grow-Up List is a great way to take a proactive approach to the experiences you want to have with your kids. And remember, not everything has to be a dramatic, huge, expensive trip or experience. You may have very basic and simple things on your list and you may change it every year.

We also recommend having a list for each of your kids. For example, if you have a newborn, your list may include taking a nap together. Lots of Dads note this has one of their favorite things ever way back when their kids were newborns. Other Dads have said that starting a Before-They-Grow-Up List when their kids are young ensures that things they’ve always wanted to do with their kids don’t get missed out on Every year with your kids is so incredibly different, be proactive in creating your own lists. Once that period of childhood is over, it is now gone and you’ll never have them back again. Quite honestly, it sucks. We hope this spurs you to action to create your own Before-They-Grow-Up List right now.

Adventure:

  • Go to the Colosseum in Rome
  • Go sailing or even take a sailing lesson together
  • Go zip-lining
  • Ride inner tubes down a lazy river
  • Go on a whale watching cruise
  • Go on a glass bottom boat
  • Go on a motorcycle ride together on the open road
  • Go geocaching
  • Go on a helicopter ride
  • Build a treehouse together
  • See the northern lights
  • Go ice fishing
  • Cross country RV trip on Route 66
  • Visit your favorite national park
  • Go off-roading on ATVs
  • Visit Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico or a cave closer to you
  • Go to a NASA rocket launch
  • Watch a total solar eclipse, (safely, of course), even if you have to travel to the best viewing spot
  • Go on an African safari
  • Visit an island
  • Visit the US Capital
  • Visit the capital of your state
  • Visit your birth country or ancestral country
  • Go rockhounding (there are even places where kids can mine for rubies and other gems!)
  • Go gold prospecting or panning
  • Dig for fossils
  • Visit a real ghost town
  • Visit the Grand canyon
  • Go rafting on the Colorado River
  • Take an outdoor tracker class together
  • Visit Area 51
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Visit the highest point in the continental US – Mount Whitney, California
  • Visit the lowest point in the continental US – Death Valley, California
  • Visit all 58 of USA’s national parks
  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Go horse back riding
  • Visit a volcano in Hawaii
  • Go to a sweat lodge
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Sleep in a yurt
  • Learn how to make a bow and arrow together
  • Go camping in the wilderness
  • Go to Chicago for St. Patrick’s day to see the river dyed green
  • See the Pasadena Rose Parade in person
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go to Las Vegas
  • Spend the day in a water park
  • Go snorkeling

Artsy/Creative:

  • Turn Grandma’s handwritten recipes into a cookbook and learn how to make them all
  • Create a significant piece of art together, frame it, and put it up in our house
  • See your favorite band in concert
  • Restore a classic car
  • Learn how to use a pottery wheel
  • Learn to play the an instrument they don’t teach in school like the bass guitar
  • Learn to play a unique instrument like the steel drum, didgeridoo, or accordion
  • Start a vegetable garden and enter them in a local contest
  • Go fruit picking. Fun fact – fruit you pick yourself tastes better!
  • Learn to make jewelry (like wire wrapping, braided cloth, beads, etc)
  • Learn glassblowing
  • Learn how to weld
  • Win the chili cook-off or enter a different cooking/baking competition
  • Enter a sandcastle competition
  • Concoct a new and delicious family recipe
  • Learn a new dance style like the Flamenco or the Polka
  • Make a scrapbook
  • See a play, musical or ballet
  • Build a bird house or something else out of wood….like a work bench for the garage or even a go cart
  • Build a snowman and make snow angels
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build the best cardboard box fort castle ever!
  • Carve your names on a tree
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Plant a tree in the backyard
  • Finger paint with your toddler
  • Have a family pumpkin carving or painting competition
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Put on a puppet show
  • Go to a film festival
  • Make an afternoon of watching the clouds and spotting different shapes in them

Educational:

  • Teach them how to change a tire
  • Teach him how to handle heartbreak
  • Teach her how to throw a punch
  • Teach him how to write a love letter
  • Learn a new language
  • Volunteer at a charity organization
  • Visit an observatory
  • Go to an aquarium
  • Start a backyard compost heap
  • Learn the art of Shortwave radio communication and buy or even build your own.  Then contact someone in every state.
  • Learn and identify the constellations in the night sky (And no, Orion’s Belt is not itself a constellation…but Orion is and he’s really cool!)
  • Visit the Louvre in Paris
  • Visit the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles
  • Teach them how to play Poker
  • Run a lemonade stand
  • Become your Boy Scout’s troop leader
  • Teach the older ones how to drive a motorcycle or dirt bike
  • Teach the older ones how to drive a stick shift
  • Repair your car together
  • Take them to the house you grew up in.  If you have to travel to see it, even better!
  • Teach them how a mortgage works.
  • Teach them how to not get ripped off when buying a car or going to a mechanic. (I.e. “No Joel, there is no such thing as headlight fluid”)
  • Build a robot and enter it in a competition. (There are even robot kits available online!)

Sporty:

  • Win a Father-Son Tennis Tournament together
  • Go see a WWE match
  • Get tickets to see the Olympics
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to paddle-board or kayak
  • Run a half marathon
  • Go snowboarding or skiing
  • Learn yoga
  • Teach them how to throw a football
  • Be their little league or soccer coach…even if only for 1 season
  • Go to a drag race
  • Go to Wimbledon together to watch tennis

Misc:

  • Go to Disney World or Disneyland
  • Get mohawks
  • Watch every episode of your favorite TV show
  • Read all the books in your favorite series or a new series you’ve always wanted to read
  • Win a pie eating contest
  • Go to Comic Con
  • Have a good old fashioned tea party – complete with stuffed animals
  • Play dress up
  • Write a song together and make a music video of you singing it together
  • Get a mani-pedi together
  • Enter a video game contest together….and WIN it!
  • Go window shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
  • Play miniature golf
  • Go go kart racing at a nearby track
  • Start a collection of some sort.  It can be anything from rocks to coins to shells that look like grandma
  • Have the talk about what to look for in a partner and/or how to be a good partner
  • Teach them how to swim
  • Take an ugly Christmas sweater photo
  • Visit a real haunted house
  • Have a classic movie marathon – because no childhood is complete without seeing the original Star Wars trilogy
  • Go butterfly catching
  • Catch fireflies
  • Dress up and go to the Renaissance Fair
  • Go to your state or county fair and win them a giant stuffed animal
  • Have a squirt gun fight

Baby:

  • Take a nap with your newborn
  • Run along the beach with them in them in the stroller

BONUS!  HERE’S 10 MORE

  • Raise silkworms together
  • Watch the sunrise together
  • Make a rope or tire swing together
  • Go puddle jumping
  • Collect earthworms in the rain
  • Race remote control cars
  • Bury each other in the sand
  • Go snow sledding in the backyard or up in the mountains if you’re down south
  • Play cops and robbers
  • Play hide and seek

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