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As the school year winds down, kids are counting down to a summer of FUN! I’m all about making those memories without breaking the bank. Here’s a free summer bucket list printable packed with 60 summer bucket list ideas your kids will LOVE!
And yes, knowing your kids will want to add a few favorites of their own and fun things to do, I’ve included a blank template to add your family’s favorites to your own summer bucket list.
This is a great way to get the whole family involved in planning fun summer activities and make the summer months memorable and as glued-to-the-screen-free as possible!
Make Your Family’s Summer Bucket List Start With Favorite Bucket List Items
The most important part of making your list is to ensure every family member contributes.
Add a list of activities everyone enjoys doing, perhaps even a new skill, a new hobby, and new things to experience.
And, of course, this is the perfect time to plan a staycation or two!
We live close to South Padre Island, so visiting the beach is something my kids add to our summer bucket list every year.
Building a sand castle, picking shells, and playing in the water are summer break favorites for my kids.
If your family lives close to a beach, check out these 15 fun and free activities your kids can enjoy on their next beach visit!
FUN Summer Bucket List Ideas To Consider
If you need a little help, my free summer bucket printable includes a list of 60 fun summer bucket list ideas.
This includes a lot of old-school summer fun.
Psst! If your kids aren’t too excited about getting messy with good ol’ fashioned s’mores,
there’s a solution-
Have a water balloon fight.
Gone are the days when you would have to spend a good amount of time filling each water balloon.
This genius water balloon filler is an absolute game-changer!
These make for some fun memories, for sure!
Make blanket forts
Or pillow and cushion fort!
Play outdoor flashlight tag at night.
Or glow-stick tag.
Make ice cream sundaes.
My youngest is sold on banana split sundaes!
Do a family summer art project.
This could be anything, but you could start a family tradition by creating a new family masterpiece on canvas each summer.
Or perhaps a fun craft that gets the whole family involved.
Do a family tie-dye t-shirt project.
I’ve been wanting to do make matching family tie-dye shirts each year.
This year is the year!
Project tie-dye summer bucket list is a go!
Make dinner from a different country.
We looooooove doing this.
If you need any inspiration, pick India and try some of my family’s favorite Indian recipes!
This is also a great way to learn about new places.
Go camping. (Or backyard camping.)
I’m a glamping kind of person and think my oldest is too.
I think my youngest would be game to rough it out with a good old-fashioned campout.
My husband and son (our resident boy scout!) are pros now!
Go on a scavenger hunt.
Grab this Backyard Creature Journal and see what the kids can find in your own backyard!
Help make breakfast for dinner.
Breakfast for dinner is another family favorite.
Don’t have access to a beach or a pool, consider this inflatable pool, especially if you have little ones.
The perfect way to cool off after an activity-packed summer day.
Have a picnic.
Choose to take the old-fashioned picnic hamper packed with sandwiches, muffins route, or consider these jarcuteries!
Host a family board game night.
There are several family board games to choose from.
This is always a good idea on those humid, sweltering hot days!
Go on a nature walk.
This is the best way to introduce young photographers to sharpen those skills.
Play in the sprinklers.
Or get one of those slip and slide sprinklers, if you have itty bitty kids.
Try making homemade ice cream.
Enjoy a backyard bbq.
Create sidewalk chalk art outdoors.
Visit your local park.
Play with bubbles. (Make your own!)
Fly a kite.
Make art using recycled items.
Make sock or paper bag puppets.
Once you bake your cupcakes of choice, jazz them up to make them FUN cupcakes,
or these adorable Oreo paw print cupcakes.
Throw a themed movie night party.
Oooh! We have so many fun movie night party ideas!!
Play charades with your family.
Read 10 new books.
I have several book recommendations for younger readers.
Host a family/friends tea party.
Tea parties are another big family favorite.
Need a little help with what to serve?
I’ve got you covered with some delicious high tea ideas!
Make a fresh fruit smoothie.
Mango smoothies are a personal favorite.
Play Hide and Seek.
Make fresh lemonade.
This fresh lemonade hack from a friend’s mom is the best!
Play or learn an organized sport.
My kids would pick basketball or soccer, without any hesitation!
Have you checked out the themed party we had to kick off the soccer finals several years ago?
Awww, and the basketball-themed party we had for my then 2 year old.
Do a jigsaw puzzle with your family.
The more pieces there are in that jigsaw puzzle, the better!
Make your own popsicles.
Have a family jump rope contest.
Ride your bicycle.
Have a little one ready to get her first bicycle and all set to head off on that bike ride this summer?
Here are a few tips.
Have a family hula-hoop contest.
My oldest would win a hula-hoop contest hands down.
My youngest would be the close second.
Let’s just say the rest of us have a lot of work ahead of us to keep that hoop on our hips!
Make friendship bracelets.
Make play dough or slime.
I promise this is so easy to do!
This homemade play dough recipe is the best!!
Play dough is a great way to encourage independent play in younger children especially.
Make your own dinosaur fossils.
These dinosaur fossils are so much fun to make and yet another easy craft!
Grab the free dinosaur coloring pages while visiting the post.
Make dog toys with old t-shirts.
Your local animal shelter will appreciate these dog tug toys made from old t-shirts.
Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
While one would love to bring home all the animals at our local shelters, we know it’s something that is a distant reality.
Make a sensory calm-down jar.
You could make a plain sensory calm-down jar, or jazz it up and make a Sonic The Hedgehog-themed sensory jar!
Make stained glass tissue paper art.
I absolutely love how my little one’s stained glass tissue paper cross turned out.
While we made a cross, your family could do any shape you choose. Just cut the clear transfer tape sheet accordingly.
Make a summer photo journal.
Make coffee filter butterflies.
Have a family dance party.
Have a “YES” day!
What’s a YES day?
I’m so glad you asked!
Check out this post and download your free YES day printable.
Make a craft with toilet paper rolls.
Don’t set any restrictions with this one.
Anyone can be as creative as they want to be.
Need a little inspiration?
I have several cookie recipes, but this shortbread cookie recipe is one of my all time favorites.
Visit a local museum.
Grow a vegetable or herb of choice.
Make a bird feeder.
This is the easy-peasy bird feeder version and best of all, birds love this!
Attend a concert or a play.
Wear pajamas all day!
Host a family talent show.
Go on a family road trip.
Can you think of a few more family-favorite summer must-dos that I may have missed?
Write them down on the blank template sheet.
Try and see if you can think of an activity for your family to do each day of summer.
That would be fun!
We’re practically ready for summer…
well, our Summer Bucket List is up on the refrigerator, so that counts, right?
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Have teens at home?
I’ve got a Summer Bucket List for Teens too!