Summer “Bucket List” – 50 Summer Activities for Kids

I am working on creating a list of activities to do with the girls this summer. Our very own Summer “Bucket List.”

The list has been a work in progress in my brain for a few weeks now, so it’s helping me to get it written down so I won’t forget what I want to do.

And I like having a list because I’m a bit compulsive about checking things off. Speaking of which, since this has been vaguely floating in my head for a few weeks, some of the items are already done. Yay me!

Here’s our Bucket List for this summer:

  • Go Fishing – Done (though Lass still wants to catch a whale…)


  • Sleep Out in a Tent
  • Hunt for Bugs – Done, but we need to do it again when it isn’t raining
  • Go to the Beach
  • Pick Wildflowers – Done.
  • Roast Marshmallows and Eat S’Mores
  • Watch Fireworks
  • Grow Caterpillars into Butterflies (Got caterpillars. They’re growing. Waiting on the butterflies.)
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Go On a Treasure Hunt Outside – Done.
  • Visit a Horse Farm and Ride a Horse – Done for the visit to a horse farm, but we didn’t get to ride the horses, so we’ll try again.

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  • Swim in a Lake or Pond
  • Go to a Splash Pad
  • Run Through a Sprinkler
  • Put a Sprinkler Under Our Trampoline and Jump
  • Visit a Butterfly Garden
  • Play Hopscotch
  • Make Popsicles
  • Play with Water Balloons
  • Catch Tadpoles – Done.
  • Go to the “Dirty Weird Zoo” Again (and try to avoid the goat attack this time)
  • Picnic Lunch in the Yard
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Water Play (and maybe a math lesson?)
  • Have a Dance Party in the Yard
  • Go For A Bike Ride
  • Read Books Outside
  • Do an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
  • Make Ice Cream
  • Catch Fireflies
  • Go For a Boat Ride – Done.
  • Get Ice Cream from an Ice Cream Truck
  • Go to the Farmer’s Market
  • Make Unpoppable Bubbles
  • Go to the Park
  • Make Art/Pets from Rocks
  • Go to an Outdoor Concert
  • Visit a Farm
  • Have a Cookout and Movie Night with Friends (Super Friend and Her Family)
  • Find Outdoor Treasures and Use Them to Make an Art Project
  • Make Old-Fashioned Lemonade
  • Make Firework Glitter Art
  • Bubble Painting
  • Plant a Garden – Done.


  • Make a Fairy Garden or Maybe a Home for Our Rock Pets
  • Pick Strawberries, Blueberries, and/or Raspberries
  • Complete Summer Reading Programs (our local library, Scholastic, and Half-Price Books)
  • Shop Some Yard Sales
  • Make Huge Bubbles (maybe use the unpoppable bubble recipe from above for this?)
  • Do Family Date Night at Our Local Old-Fashioned Drive In Restaurant (maybe even with a picnic in the back of my Expedition like we did a few years ago)

I’m going to make a poster with these items so that the girls and I can check them off as we complete each one. Miss says she wants to “make her own list,” so we’ll see what ends up on hers.

What’s on yours?

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