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FREE Template Summer Bucket List

Summer is my favorite time of year! It’s warm outside and sunny almost everyday, so there’s lots of time to enjoy activities outside. We use this Summer Bucket List template to get all our ideas down at the beginning of summer. Honestly, one of my main goals each day in summer is to play hard with my kids until they are exhausted. This is how I get my work at home mom schedule to fit into our busy days with all the kids at home!’

Free Template Summer Bucket List

How to Make a Bucket List

We like to sit down and make our summer bucket list together. The kids share their ideas of things they want to do, and I usually ask them questions to help get their minds thinking about fun things they want to do.

These questions will help guide you to make a crazy summer bucket list that your kids are going to love! 

What activities does your child like to do?

Think about things that your kids like doing, but they don’t have time to do during the school year. Summer is a great time to learn about things they are interested in but are too busy for during school.

What should I put on my summer bucket list?

We include all kinds of fun things to do in the summer. Some items on our summer bucket list are things we will do only once like take a trip to the beach and something on our list we will do each week (or more frequently). Here are the categories on this FREE printable summer bucket list:

  • Places to go
  • Games to Play
  • Books to Read
  • Movies to Watch
  • Recipes to Make
  • Experiments to Do
  • I want to learn about…
  • Crafts to Make
  • Ways to Serve
  • Places to Travel

What is there to do in summer?

We love checking out all the fun summer things to do near where I live. There are free museums, parks, libraries, and kid friendly events happening all summer long.

Follow your city events page on Facebook to find activities happening in your city.

Check in with your local library for summer reading programs.

We have family that lives a few hours away, so it’s nice to plan trips to visit them during the summer. Another favorite activity in the summer is to send the boys to art camp. My kids love drawing and creating. I have found summer art classes through local friends, art stores, and the art museum here.

100 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids

  • go on a picnic
  • play in a creek
  • make the biggest bubble in the world
  • bubbles & water guns
  • do science experiments
  • host a drive-in movie theater in your backyard
  • go to a water park
  • go on a hike
  • fly a kite
  • camp in the backyard
  • make popsicles
  • look at the stars
  • make s’mores
  • plant a garden
  • paint pet rocks
  • have a water gun fight
  • go for a canoe ride
  • play at a playground
  • build something out of wood
  • visit the library
  • visit local museums
  • make a craft
  • make dinner together
  • eat a sno-cone
  • play flashlight tag
  • have a water gun fight
  • watermelon seed spitting contest
  • blow bubbles
  • build a sandcastle
  • have a dance party
  • make treats for your neighbors
  • go on a bike ride
  • water balloon games
  • make playdough
  • dig for fossils (in your sandbox)
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • visit a nature center
  • storytime
  • sign up for a summer reading challenge
  • fly a kite
  • go to an outdoor concert
  • visit historical sites near you
  • make bouncy balls
  • go to a baseball game
  • marshmallow shooters
  • make ice cream sandwiches
  • take a day trip
  • go to a Sunflower field
  • work in a community garden
  • make tie-dye shirts
  • go to Vacation Bible School
  • play tennis
  • play golf
  • go swimming
  • make brownies
  • make peach cobbler
  • run through the water sprinkler
  • play at a splash pad
  • run a race
  • pick blueberries & strawberries
  • go to the farmer’s market
  • make ice cream
  • play hide and seek
  • build an indoor fort
  • learn about a new country
  • set up an obstacle course
  • visit family
  • read a book
  • sing silly songs
  • play tag
  • play a card game
  • go bowling
  • make cards for a local nursing home
  • make dinner for a new mom
  • have a dance party
  • lemonade stand
  • play putt-putt
  • write and illustrate a book
  • make jam
  • create a photo journal of summer
  • donate toys
  • visit the zoo
  • catch lightening bugs
  • draw with sidewalk chalk
  • put on a puppet show
  • have a tea party
  • go to the movies
  • go to a trampoline park
  • meet up for a playdate
  • build a marble run
  • have a lego building contest
  • have a campfire in the backyard
  • visit a fire station
  • go to the County Fair
  • make a bird feeder
  • go on a tour of Mayfield Dairy farms
  • go to a free kids workshop (Home Depot)
  • take an art class
  • go tubing on the river

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SmartCents Mom