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100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up

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100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up
100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up is a kid's bucket list

100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up is a kid's bucket list

My first concert was Barry Manilow.

There, I got that confession out. Phew! Feels good.

My mother took me to see Barry Manilow when I was 12 because she didn’t want to go alone. And that is one item I can scratch off the bucket list from the new National Geographic Kids book 100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up.

(Is suffering embarrassment on the list? Because after the concert, I ran into my teacher, who continued to give me Barry Manilow clippings in class throughout the rest of the school year.) (And is doing something that’s not cool on the list too? Because really, even though it’s probably not cool, I have to say Barry Manilow is an excellent songwriter and performer.)

Life lists, or bucket lists, have been popular in recent years. You’ve probably seen lists of “100 things to do before you die,” “100 places to visit before you die,” “100 books to read before you die,” etc. All good ideas, even if you don’t achieve each item on the list. And now kids have their own list, in this book.

With great photos and images as you’d expect from National Geographic, 100 Things recommends some basics (“Plant a garden,” “Play in the mud,” “Start a collection,”) as well as suggests some challenges (“Run a 5k,” “Learn to play an instrument,” “Save your money to buy something you’ve had your eye on,”). Other ones I like:

– Write a pen pal.

– Adopt an animal.

– Go camping.

– Ride a roller coaster.

– Interview your grandparents.

– Have a water balloon fight.

– Learn how to properly set the table.

All within the first 6,570 days of your life (before turning 18).

The book is fun and an excellent gift book as kids go into the summer.

Ooh, summer bucket list, anyone?!

If I could add a few things to the book’s list, I would include:

– Visit a nursing home.

– Learn a card game.

– Plan a trip for your family to take (even if you won’t really go)

– Make your parents breakfast in bed. (OK, maybe I’m just fantasizing about this one!)

A practical feature of 100 Things is short profiles of young people who did one of the items on the list. When young readers see other kids doing these things, it might inspire them, too. How-to tips and sidebar facts help kids learn even more about their accomplishment.

What is something you think kids should do before they grow up? Please leave a comment. Extra points if you tell me you went to a Barry Manilow concert, too.

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