Well, today is the first official day of summer!!  Summer is such a fun time of year.  School’s out, vacation will be happening soon, I get to be on my own schedule, I don’t have to be at a certain place at a certain time, and I get to spend more time with my family.  Life is good!  But I still like to have some plans and fun things for the family to do during the summer.  So here’s some summer bucket list ideas we’ve used and you may want to use for your own family!

I’m the type of person that does well with setting a schedule and sticking with it.  I’m not a super spontaneous person.  However, during summertime I do feel more laid back and relaxed.  I still have a skeleton schedule that I stick to during the summer.  But, I add in lots of fun things to keep the kids (and my husband and I) busy and active.  I like to add in structured activities and outings and not just let the kids have a free-for-all with watching TV whenever they want (or destroying the house!).

So, the other day, the boys and I made our summer bucket list.  I explained to them what a bucket list is – basically the goals for things you want to do before summer ends.  They can be things you want to learn or accomplish by the end of summer or just fun things you can’t wait to do during the summer.

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These are the things that mainly the boys came up with.  I added a few too.  When I asked Jase, my 3 year old, what he wanted to do this summer, his ideas were “find worms, play outside, play tag, and play hide and seek.”  I love how his ideas were simple, everyday kind of things that don’t cost any money!  Jackson, my 6 year old, had adventurous ideas like “camping out, hiking, and building a fort.”  If only they would stay little and entertained by low-cost things forever!

Our Summer Bucket List:

  1. Play Hide & Seek
  2. Dig Up Worms (already done!)
  3. Go on Bike Rides (already done – but will do more throughout the summer!)
  4. Jackson – Learn to Tie Shoes
  5. Go on Vacation in Wisconsin (I grew up there and am so excited to go back for summer vacation on a lake up north!)
  6. Build a Fort  (The boys have made blanket forts inside, but they want to make a wooden fort outside.)
  7. Go See the Aladdin Movie (already done, and it was so good!)
  8. Build a Sandbox
  9. Go to the Beach (already done – but we will go again since we live less than 2 hours from the beach)
  10. Go on Hikessummer bucket list ideas hiking
  11. Jase – Learn to Swim
  12. Go on Hikes
  13. Play Outside (Everyday!)
  14. Jackson – Do School Papers & Read Books to Be Ready for 1st Grade (He does them everyday, but he has a little stack we’re working towards completing by the end of summer.)
  15. Go to the Aquarium
  16. Go See The Lion King Movie
  17. Camp Out
  18. Plant Flowers & Herbs
  19. Go See the Toy Story 4 Movie
  20. Play Tag (Already done, but will play more!)

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More Summer Bucket List Ideas:

Here are some more summer bucket list ideas I thought of.  Some of these are things we’ve done already and some are things I want to do in the future.  Our bucket list board was full.   These are some great ideas we may try to do still if we finish the rest of the things on our bucket list and still need fun things to do.  Many of these ideas are things your whole family can do together, and some might be just for you!

  1. Read a Book You Have But Never Finished Reading
  2. Go to the Zoo
  3. Have a Family Game Night
  4. Go to a Museum
  5. Have a Paper Airplane Flying Contest
  6. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  7. Make a Craft
  8. Go Swimming in a Lake
  9. Have a Water Balloon Fight
  10. Get a New Pet
  11. Go to an Antique Shop
  12. Go Fishingsummer bucket list ideas fishing
  13. Make Homemade Candles
  14. Grill Out
  15. Catch Fireflies
  16. Try Out a New Restaurant
  17. Make a Photo Album (like Shutterfly, or scrapbook one yourself!)
  18. Have a Dance Party
  19. Eat Every Kind of Vegetable at the Grocery Store
  20. Go on Walks
  21. Go to a Splashpad
  22. Help a Complete Stranger
  23. Have a Family Movie Night at Home
  24. Sit on the Front Porch and Watch a Summer Stormsummer bucket list ideas watching a summer storm
  25. Build a Chicken Coop and Get Chickens
  26. Go to a Waterpark
  27. Have a Lego Building Contest
  28. Make Pottery
  29. Go Mini Golfing
  30. Have a Tea Party
  31. Plant a Tree
  32. Go Bowling
  33. Make Homemade Ice Cream
  34. Visit Shops Downtown
  35. Play with Bubbles
  36. Pick Wildflowerssummer bucket list ideas wildflowers
  37. Visit the Library
  38. Go to a Flea Market
  39. Take Swim Lessons
  40. Ride Horses
  41. Start to Learn a New Language
  42. Take a Load of Toys/Clothes to Goodwill or to Someone in Need
  43. Build a Sandcastle
  44. Go to a Park
  45. Have a Coloring Contest
  46. Start Learning to Play an Instrument
  47. Take a Bubble Bath
  48. Go Paddleboardingsummer bucket list ideas paddle boarding
  49. Collect Seashells
  50. Redo a Piece of Furniture
  51. Visit a City in Your State You’ve Never Been To
  52. Have a Family Photo Shoot
  53. Start a Youtube Channel
  54. Read Books as a Family Before Bed Each Night
  55. Play Laser Tag
  56. Have Family Devotions
  57. Go Four-Wheeling
  58. Have/Go to a Pool Party
  59. Start a Lemonade Stand
  60. Watch a Sunsetsummer bucket list ideas sunset
  61. Get a Massage
  62. Join an Exercise Class
  63. Get a New Cookbook and Try Out the Recipes
  64. Go Skydiving
  65. Play Baseball as a Family
  66. Compete in a Race
  67. Play in the Sprinkler
  68. Go Blueberry Picking
  69. Make Kombucha
  70. Start a Blog
  71. Do an Escape Room
  72. Feed Ducks
    summer bucket list ideas feeding ducks
  73. Watch a Sunrise
  74. Have a Picnic
  75. Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter
  76. Start Beekeeping
  77. Have a Nerf War
  78. Go to a Baseball Game
  79. Fly Kites
  80. Take a Cooking Class

Your summer does not have to be filled with grand vacations abroad.  Your kids don’t have to be in camps and lessons all summer in order for them to stay active and have fun.  I love the idea of allowing them to be adventurous and creative.  Let them play and make up their own games.  But if they’re bored and can’t think of something to play – use some of these ideas.

Have you done any of these things yet this summer?  What other summer bucket list ideas do you have?

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