Summer bucket list ideas – because summer and what in the world are you suppose to do with your kids each and every day? Keep it new and fresh and FUN with these ideas. We’ve updated the list from 50 to 75 summer fun things to do with kids – bonus, these are almost all screen-free activities.
You snuck up and welcomed us with open arms and we are vowing this year to fully embrace it. Of all summers, this year I am most excited for what’s ahead. The kids have a few camps and the toddlers still have preschool a few days a week, so I will still be working – but there are a number of days where we have no obligations.
Those words are sweet to my ears. No obligations doesn’t mean we won’t do anything, it just means that we don’t have to be anywhere at any specific time and with 4 kids – that’s a very wonderful thing. While I love nothing to do days, the kids hate them. They scream “I’M BORED!” despite the playroom full of toys.
For those down days, we are creating a summer bucket list of things to do. Not sure what to put on your bucket list? Here’s a few ideas you can steal from our summer bucket list:
Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids
Have you downloaded our summer bucket list printable? Fill it out and brainstorm some fun ideas for you and your family to do this summer.
- Weekend get-away (Check out this family-friendly guide to Austin, TX)
- Dress up in capes and be super heroes
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Choose a night each week for family movie night (we are watching the Harry Potter series together – in anticipation for Universal Studios!)
- Let the kids get out the hose and wash your car
- Make homemade pizzas – let the kids make it by setting up various pizza topping stations
- Go to the park
- Make cookies for a neighbor
- Dance in the rain (here in Texas anytime it rains, we dance in it and be thankful for it!)
- Vacation bible school tour
- Take a nature walk
- Make and take sandwiches for the homeless
- Unplug all the televisions during the daytime hours
- Fly a kite
- Visit a local community garden
- Host a impromptu barbecue
- Make puppets out of socks
- Go to a concert (Did I mention I am going to see GEORGE STRAIT in DALLAS? #goverizon)
- Plant a tree
- Make cinnamon roll waffles
- Take lots of photos – make a summer photo book
- Wake up early and enjoy coffee on the porch
- Institute one day of not saying “NO!”
- Bring a meal to a family who could use some help
- Play cards
- Visit your local library
- Take a family road trip
- Visit the zoo
- Ride a train
- Explore a big city near you with fresh eyes
- Feed ducks (be careful of those mean geese)
- Make cupcakes
- Tie-dye shirts and socks
- Go on a scavenger hunt
- Eat snow cones!
- Go to the movies
- Make a lemonade stand and give the money to charity – here’s a frosted lemonade recipe, here is how to make a lemonade stand sign and tips for a successful lemonade stand!
- Train for a 5k
- Do a photo shoot, but let the kids be the photographers
- Go fishing (my father-in-law swears by hot dogs as bait)
- Have a slumber party
- Make a fort
- Throw a spontaneous dance party
- Stay in your pajamas all day (we do this several days through-out the summer)
- Paint a canvas
- Go bowling (learn how kids can bowl for free)
- Visit a museum
- Run thru the sprinklers (you too, mom!)
- Go on a picnic
- BECAUSE MOM NEEDS A BREAK TOO: Plan a girl’s night out (we’re doing a wine tour in Grapevine, TX!)
Bonus Summer Fun Ideas
52. Write a letter to relatives.
53. Let the kids cook dinner
54. Do a RAOK (random act of kindness) – teach your kids this early!
55. Have a parade, have the kids decorate their bikes and wagon – create a route around the neighborhood
56. Make a fairy garden
57. Read 20 minutes a day
58. Camp out in the backyard
59. Lemonade stand (and give the money to charity)
60. Have a picnic
61. Make playdoh
62. Put together a photo album
63. Go grocery shopping for a food pantry
64. Visit a local national park
65. Play nail salon, at-home manis and pedis
66. Create a chalk art masterpiece
67. Have a color fight – here’s how to make DIY Color Powder
68. Do a kids science experiment
69. Make pet rocks
70. Solve a puzzle
71. Go garage sale shopping (hello, cheap toys!)
72. Read a book – then watch the movie (Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid are ideas)
73. Make smores – here’s how to make homemade fire starters for camp fires.
74. Have a shaving cream fight
75. Cereal for breakfast – easy, peasy, kids will love it and mom will too!
We’re talking about SCREEN FREE kid activities in this blog post, but read more about screen time. We’re talking tips and tricks on all things screen time!
What did we miss? What will you be adding to you summer bucket list?