As Kindergarten came to a close for my daughter (tears!), I wanted to kick off summer in a big way. The first step was a pop-up party at the bus stop.
In our neighborhood, there is a tradition of greeting the kids on the last day of school with a surprise. This year I was excited to participate add a special (sweet) treat to that tradition. An email was sent out the night before school let out asking all of the moms and dads to meet at the bus stop after school armed with water squirters. Oh yes!
There are nearly 30 kids who get on and off at our bus stop, so you can imagine — that’s a lot of parents armed with water squirters.
The stage was set, and as the bus rounded the corner we could hear the kids screaming, “Nooooooooo!” The big kids knew what was coming and had informed the little ones. As the kids hopped down the bus steps for the last time a line of parents awaited their arrival, squirting the giggling gaggle of kids as they ran and ducked for cover.
It wasn’t long before the kids took over the water squirters and (thanks to a five-gallon bucket of refill water) were squirting each other.
In addition to the water fun, I turned my daughter’s lemonade stand into a Popsicle Stand. And set up shop with free Popsicles for all — with baby girl “in charge” of passing out the ice-cold treats.
In between the soakings, kids grabbed a Popsicle (or two) to cool off. (All to the delight of my little one who was surrounded by kids thanking her for the Popsicles!)
The whole event was over in about 30 minutes when we ran low on water refills and Popsicles, but oh the memories that were made in those first 30 minutes of summer.
Down the street, another bus stop was met with silly string and another 10 bags of flour!
If you are looking to kick off summer in a big way, I highly recommend a bus stop ambush (complete with Popsicles!). It could easily become tradition in your neighborhood too!
And to get you started with a pop-up Popsicle party of your own, here is a free printable Summer Popsicle sign.