We are sharing our annual summer bucket list printable with all of you and couldn’t be more excited! This is just like the one we create on the first day of summer every year and it has helped us make so many great memories.
Summer Bucket List
I am SO excited to share my FREE summer bucket list printable with all of you! As a busy mom with three little ones, I have been actively working on making each day count with my kids. I want them to know as they smile and close their little eyes in the car after a fun day at the splash pad, that they (and their daddy) are my #1 priority.
Whether it be a 10 minute activity like face painting, which allows you to look each other in the eyes and chat or have a staring contest (they almost always choose the latter) or one that requires a bit more planning like a lemonade stand to benefit the local children’s hospital or even building a neighborhood little lending library; these activities sure make summer fun!
Why a kids summer bucket list?
We have so many great memories from our summers together and we now look forward to making a new summer checklist bucket list each May. There are always some things on there that I know I would never do and that’s ok. You don’t have to do all of them!
In fact, I think it’s good for kids to understand that things come up and not everything they want to do happens. It is just a great starting off point for things you can do together this summer.
Since everyones preferences are different, I decided it would be best to give you our ideas in a filled out printable but then also provide you with your own cute, blank bucket list to get your summer fun started. So grab your FREE printable below and let the fun begin!
What should be on my summer bucket list?
Remember, you don’t have to plan something fun every single day. Kids NEED to learn how to play on their own and use their imaginations.
Your checklist just makes it easy to come up with ideas and say things like, “Oh hey, I have a few minutes to do some cloud watching if you guys want too…” I should note that it’s always best to take a quick glance at the sky before making this suggestion. I didn’t remember this and we all went and laid down on the trampoline to cloud watch, we then all busted up laughing as there was literally not one cloud in the sky. Blue as blue could be! Hey, even your summer checklist fails can turn out to be a pretty fun memory if you let it. 🙂
50 Summer Bucket List Ideas
1. Spread the Smile Day (See, Katherine Maries ideas are so cute right?)
2. Have a campout in the backyard
3. Go on a picnic
4. Feed the ducks
5. Host a lemonade stand and bake sale for a local charity
6. Play water balloon baseball and the pass-the-water game
7. Do a backwards dinner starting with dessert and ending with appetizers
8. Have a shaving cream fight
9. Go on a treasure hunt
10. Go camping
11. Visit a local museum
12. Make snow cones
13. Visit a national park or monument
14. Go on a hike
15. Go to a rodeo or demolition derby
16. Go to a garage sale
17. Make an outdoor library
18. Attend a library story time
19. Have a spa day
20. Make homemade ice cream
21. Pick fresh berries
22. Visit your local farmers’ market
23. Make Strawberry shortcake
24. Dance in the rain
25. Go on a grocery store tour26. Have an ice cream tasting night
27. Go on a family bike ride
28. Make mud pies
29. Learn what it means to be a florist, visit your local flower shop30. Make homemade pretzels
31. Read one chapter book as a family
32. Bake a fresh berry pie or cobbler
34. Go to the nearest beach or lake and swim
35. Tour your local post office36. Visit a planetarium
37. Make an ice block treasure
38. Play glow stick ring toss
39. Make cupcakes in ice cream cones 40. Have a tea party
41. Play night games with your neighbors
42. Make sock puppets and do a puppet show
43. Celebrate Christmas in July
44. Visit your local bakery & get a behind the scenes tour
45. Build models using toothpicks and gumdrops
46. Decorate a cardboard box to make it a hide out
47. Make a table cloth playhouse (I love this one from Centsational Girl)
48. Do face painting
49. Take your favorite book and make a themed party around it (We did the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book series & made the treats to go along with the books)
50. Have a book dinner (Using books like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballsor Dragons Love Tacos, etc.)
Get your FREE Summer Fun Checklist HERE.
I originally wrote this post as a contributor for SheKnows.com. You can see the full article with more photos HERE.