50 Summer Bucket List Ideas

It’s summertime: the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, and there is a world of opportunity for fun. It’s the perfect time to make a summer fun bucket list to get your family’s summer adventures heading in the right direction. Here are 50 ideas to get your bucket list started.

  1. Run a lemonade stand with your children – you can donate the proceeds to charity!
  2. Build a sand castle.
  3. Have a water balloon fight.
  4. Dance in the rain. Have towels warming in the dryer for when you are done.
  5. Go to a baseball game.
  6. Have a mother-daughter spa day, either with your mother or with your daughter – or both!
  7. Have a picnic by the beach/lake.
  8. Explore a neighboring town you’ve never been to.
  9. Go on a family bike ride.
  10. Pick berries.

  1. Play jump rope or hopscotch with your kids.
  2. Make homemade lemonade. Check out our recipe for homemade fruit lemonades!
  3. Have a one-on-one date with each of your children. Take them for ice cream or to the bookstore to pick out a new book.
  4. Go on a nature walk and learn about plants.
  5. Set up a scavenger hunt for your children.
  6. Fly kites.
  7. Ride a ferris wheel.
  8. Host a BBQ for your family & friends.
  9. Go roller skating.
  10. Run through sprinklers with your children.

  1. Have a family game night complete with snacks and prizes.
  2. Play with sidewalk chalk or DIY sidewalk chalk paint.
  3. Turn off all the lights and watch a thunderstorm.
  4. Go on a boat ride.
  5. Light sparklers.
  6. Catch fireflies.
  7. Make and deliver treats to your neighbors.
  8. Have an ice cream sundae party.
  9. Walk (or run) a 5K race with your family.
  10. Visit a farmer’s market.

  1. Visit a local farm or petting zoo.
  2. Go to a drive-in theatre or outdoor movie.
  3. Sleep in a tent in the backyard.
  4. Play miniature golf.
  5. Try cardboard sledding down a grassy hill.
  6. Hang a bird feeder in your backyard and watch your feathered friends visit.
  7. Go camping.
  8. Have your kids plan and make dinner one night (with your supervision, of course).
  9. Have slip-n-slide races in the backyard.
  10. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

  1. Grow a garden or plant some new flowers.
  2. Play frisbee on a beach.
  3. Stay up late and star gaze. Watch for shooting stars.
  4. Attend an outdoor music event.
  5. Visit a park that you’ve never been to.
  6. Buy your kids a treat from an ice cream truck.
  7. Go bowling.
  8. Volunteer as a family for a local charity.
  9. Unplug for one full day (no TV, computer, tablet, or cell phone).
  10. Visit a local lake or pond and feed the ducks.

Ideas for Keeping Track of Your Summer Bucket List

  • Buy a large chalkboard and write your list in bright, summery colored chalk. Better yet, paint a chalkboard wall and write it there! Cross items off as you go.
  • Write each item on a scrap of paper, or a popsicle stick, and put them all in a jar. Draw one or more out at the start of the week to determine what your family is going to do next.
  • Post-its! Write each item on a Post-It note and stick them on the fridge, a wall, or a cork board. Pull one off each time you complete that item.
  • Make a Summer Bucket List banner. Write each item on a fun piece of scrapbook paper and use clothespin to pin them to a string and hang on the wall.
  • Take photos of each bucket list item you complete! At the end of summer you can make a special Summer Bucket List photo album.
For more ideas on making the most of your summer, check out Five Ways To Enjoy a Staycation.

Photo Credit: The Art of Making a Baby, The Memoirs of Megan, Dreams To Do

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Ariel

Ariel is a recently turned stay-at-home momma of three little ones to her high school sweetheart. When she isn’t busy playing with her young kiddos (or running around frantically), you can find her writing on her personal blog, Dreams To Do. Ariel is a lover of inspirational words, photography, coffee, reality TV, and of course, her family. You can connect with Ariel on Twitter and Facebook.

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    Will

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    Awesome, thanks this definitely gave me some ideas:)

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