The Ultimate Summer Bucket List


Yesterday my daughter said, “Mom, let’s create a list of fun things we can do this summer!”

I told her to grab her brother and sisters and that we would create the list together.

So I bring you a Summer Bucket List by kids, for kids…

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List - by kids for kids!!  100 ideas!

1. picnic at the park

2. play in a kiddie pool

3. make smores

4. homemade pizza party

5. make pet rocks

6. have a cousin sleepover

7. make a lemonade stand

8. go to a summer matinee

9. tie dye t-shirts

10. write your own story

11. scavenger hunt walk

12. lunch with dad at work

13. attend story time at the library

14. make ice cream in a baggie

15. visit an IMAX theater

16. fondue night

17. catch fireflies or bugs

18. have a water balloon fight

19. make journals

20. go to a parade

21. make homemade jam

22. hunt for shapes in the clouds

23. go to a water splash pad

24. play Legos

25. go fishing

26. build an indoor fort using blankets

27. go bowling

28. backyard water games

29. go to a baseball game

30. go to the zoo

31. have a fun summer reading program

32. family bike ride

33. go to a park you’ve never been to before

34. learn to swim or go swimming

35. make a time capsule

36. go bird watching

37. make homemade popsicles

38. play catch

39. learn how to play a new board game

40. go see a fireworks show

41. mail a letter to someone special

42. attend a kids workshop at Home Depot or Lowe’s

43. outdoor movie night

44. make 4th of July shirts

45. learn to hula hoop

46. play dress up

47. go to a drive-in movie

48. bake cookies

49. fly a kite

50. go on a road trip

51. do a fun science project

52. go camping

53. make a bird feeder

54. play hopscotch

55. make paper airplanes and race

56. make sail boats and race

57. set up or make a slip n slide

58. play mini golf

59. skip rocks in a river

60. make smoothies

61. go to a children’s museum

62. start a rock collection

63. plant a garden

64. have a family talent show

65. run in the sprinklers

66. make friendship bracelets

67. create sidewalk art using chalk

68. have a yard sale and let the kids help

69. make homemade bubbles

70. go to an amusement park

71. make princess crowns or hero capes

72. make homemade play dough

73. do a jigsaw puzzle

74. have a pillow fight

75. play mini golf

76. camping in the backyard

77. make sand castles at the park or beach

78. make or go get snow cones

79. go the the local fair

80. homemade marshmallow guns

81. make a video

82. catch butterflies with nets

83. make homemade instruments

84. go horseback riding

85. decorate cupcakes or cookies

86. go to an outdoor concert

87. have a treasure hunt

88. play Frisbee

89. make sun catchers

90. visit a nature center

91. go to the beach

92. collect sea shells

93. go a local farmer’s market

94. have a puppet show

95. make root beer floats

96. have an ice cream party with lots of toppings

97. make recycled crayons

98. go to the skate park or a skating rink

99. favorite movies marathon

100. make treats for neighbors


They had so much fun putting this list together and we are so excited for school to get out!

Do you have any summer activities you’d like to share?

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  1. What a fantastic list! Sounds like you and your kids are going to have a terrific summer!

    1. I sure hope so! Some of these are very simple and easy so we might just do them all!

  2. This is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing some great ideas!! Your family is going to have a fantastic summer!!

  3. Make homemade chalk. Have a crayola finger paint slinging fight OUTSIDE (Paint wars... also works with crayola sidewalk chalk paint if you can find it.)Make sun catchers.

    1. Great ideas Beth - THANK YOU for sharing!

  4. Numbers 17 and 33 are the same.

    1. OOPS! I'll have to have them think of one more! Thanks for letting me know!

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    1. So glad you like these! Thanks so much.

  6. Love that they made the list. And they are doable!

    1. Yes my thoughts exactly! Fun, easy, and the kids' favorite things to do!

  7. Awesome list! Totally great! Last year we did a different fun jar activity each day. Here's a list of the 44 activities we did: We are doing it again this year only with all new activities!

  8. Will definitely use some of these ideas but will have to double up. A few days since we don't have 100 days of vacation plus we are already a few days into out break. Thank you for the list!

  9. I love this list!!!! We got a HUGE tent for Christmas and are going to try it out in the backyard this summer:)

  10. I love this list!!!! We got a HUGE tent for Christmas and are going to try it out in the backyard this summer:)

  11. What a great list. I think what I love most is that most of them are free or very inexpensive. They involve spending time with family. That says a lot about kids and what they really want from us as parents.

  12. Great list ~ they will be kept busy and no more complaints from mine abt not knowing what to do!

  13. Going to the river as often as we can. Hubby comes home early from work, we load up a cooler with adult and kid friendly beverages, the tubes, change into our suits and less than 10 minutes later we are in the very chilly Guadalupe River.

    Canyon Lake is another place we love.

    A few blockbuster summer movies (Superman, Wolverine)

    Probably put the tent up in the backyard.

    Music at Gruene Hall, Ice Cream at the General Store

    Fredericksburg Peaches, although I heard on the news there might not be any this year : (

  14. I love this list! We can't do everything on it based on where we live, but it's a great starting place. Thank you! BTW, Numbers 58 and 75 are the same.

  15. Such a great list! I remember making pet rocks when I was a kid and think my nieces would love to do it too!

  16. Fantastic List! I used to love to fill a small swimming pool up (I'd add some hot water so the girls wouldn't get cold) and we'd spend hours painting with water paint on each other and then washing it off. My girls learned the alphabet quickly and soon begin trying to figure out the words I would paint on them. We had so much fun and both girls excelled in school at a young age!

  17. Fantastic and fun list! I used to fill a small swimming pool with water, added some hot water when they were really little, and we would spend hours painting with water paint on each other and neighborhood friends. They learned the alphabet quickly and then worked hard to learn the words I would spell on them. Both girls are in college now and always excelled in school. I'll never forget those fun filled hours....

  18. Love all these ideas! I'm getting inspiration right now!

  19. So many great ideas! One we like todo is paint rocks we find at the beach


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