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Make a Summer Bucket List to Keep Kids Happy & Busy All Summer Long 101 Fun Ideas

How to create a family summer bucket list of fun kid activities (with Free Printables). Take the stress out of summer break by creating a family fun bucket list with over 100 ideas to help you save your mom-sanity. Lots of tips, tricks, and ideas to keep your kids busy, engaged, and happy all summer long!

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It’s that time of year when parents all over the country are eagerly awaiting spending every waking moment with their kids for the next 2 months…who am I kidding??

We are all just trying to make it through the insanity of the last few weeks of school while frantically trying to figure out what we are going to do with our kids all summer long (emphasis on the word LONG)!

Unless you have unlimited financial resources, (which ain’t me) then you are probably gearing up for the daily battle of the dreaded “Mom, I’m bored!”.

So what’s the antidote to a ho-hum summer of bored kids?….

well let me tell you…get yourself organized and come up with a plan!

Don’t fret, dear friend! I’m here to help you!

I’ve been in the trenches of motherhood for 19 years so I have some tried and true, no-fail ideas that will help you survive the summer!



1. Brainstorm Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

Before the end of the school year, sit down as a family, and have a session of verbal brainstorming all the fun things your kids would like to do this summer!

You might be surprised by what sounds fun for them.

I have found oftentimes, my “great ideas” actually don’t sound that exciting to my kids, and in reverse, they think of things I wouldn’t have considered.

Doing a quick family discussion aloud gets the idea juices flowing.

I’ve created a list of 101 fun summer things to do with kids here if your family needs some extra inspiration and ideas.

Here’s just some of the fun ideas you can incorporate in your summer bucket list!

1.   Go to a dollar movie

2.   Visit a Farm

3.   Color a picture

4.   Go for a hike

5.   Visit a farmer’s market

6.   Go fishing

7.   Play a board game

8.   Do a taste test

9.   Write in a journal

10.  Have a digital detox day

11.  Take underwater photos

12.  Have a family dance party

13.  Go geocaching

14.  Run through the sprinklers

15.  Host a sleepover

16.  Pay “HORSE” in basketball

17. Learn a magic trick

18.  Play laser tag

19.  Make a scrapbook

20.  Visit a local museum

21.  Have a PJ day

22.  Plant flowers

23.  Eat cotton candy

24.  Play Cards

25.  Make a music video

26.  Attend an outdoor concert

27.  Play Hide and Seek

28.  Host a BBQ

29.  Watch a parade

30.  Make and play hopscotch

31.  Volunteer

32.  Play frisbee

33.  Make homemade pizzas

34.  Plant a garden

35.  Host a bonfire

36. Skip rocks at a pond

37.  Have a family Game Night

38.  Go stargazing

39.  Visit an aquarium

40.  Tie dye t-shirts

41.  Have a hula hoop contest

42.  Go to an amusement park

43.  Play mini-golf

44.  Go kayaking/canoeing

45.  Watch a drive in movie

46.  Camp in your backyard

47.  Eat watermelon

48.  Take a trip to the Dollar Store

49.  Try yoga

50.  Play a backyard game (Wiffle Ball/Badminton/Corn Hole/Tag)

51.  Visit an arcade

52.  Ride a carousel

53.  Visit a shopping mall

54.  Eat at a drive in restaurant (Sonic, Rally’s, Checkers)

55.  Play with play dough

56.  Eat an ice cream sundae for dinner

57.  Visit a street fair

58.  Finger paint

59.  Make a puppet show

60.  Ride bikes/scooters

61.  Make Ice cream in a bag

62.  Challenge someone to Tic-Tac-Toe

63.  Attend a baseball game

64.  Have a picnic

65.  Do a hidden picture

66.  Draw with chalk

67.  Make a smoothie

68.  Have water gun war

69.  Visit a new park

70.  Play with bubbles

71.  Build a sandcastle

72.  Visit a water park

73.  Rent a movie from the library

74.  Go swimming

75.  Visit a local county fair

76.  Join your library reading program

77.  Make a root beer float

78.  Perform a random act of kindness

79.  Make breakfast for dinner

80.  Play in the sprinkler

81.  Pick a craft from Pinterest

82.  Eat at a new restaurant

83.  Pack and enjoy a picnic

84.  Have water balloon fight

85.  Go bowling

86.  Face paint

87.  Go to a splash pad

88.  Write a letter to a family member

89.  Eat donuts

90.  Build a fort

91.  Go to a garage sale

92.  Eat corn on the cob

93.  Got to the beach/lake

94.  Make icees/snow cones

95.  Pick berries

96.  Indoor Nerf gun war

97.  Try a new recipe

98.  Create a scavenger hunt

99.  Make s’mores

100. Get a treat from an ice cream truck

101. Go on a Slip N’ Slide

Summer Bucket List Inspiration – 101 Fun Ideas

List of 101 ideas for summer bucket list



2. Write It Down


After a quick verbal brainstorm as a family, have your kids write down some of their favorite ideas for your summer bucket list.

If you’ve got kiddos who are too small to write or do this on their own, then you can verbally talk about what they would like to do and write it down for them.

Caution: If you have a child who is very literally (like I do) remind them this is just a brainstorming session.

Just cause they write down “Take a Trip to Tokyo Disneyland” does not mean that you are going to Japan!!

I’ve created several templates to help guide you!

Use whichever ones you think will work best for your child’s age.

Feel free to print out one for yourself too!!

Maybe you can share some of the things you enjoy with your kiddos!

(Click on the images below to access the printable PDF)


Summer Fun Bucket List Printable

Printable Summer Fun Bucket List

Printable Summer Bucket List

3. Share Your Ideas


Once you’ve finished writing down your ideas, talk about them as a family and come up with a modified list that seems to be do-able!

Don’t be afraid to add a few things that might feel like a stretch…it’s good to have some fun summer goals that seem a little out of reach.

I’d highly recommend typing your family’s “bucket list” and posting it somewhere visible in your home to help you stay on track and to inspire you to stay active this summer!


4. Create a Schedule


Another recommendation I have is to look at the main “themes” of your family lists….and create a weekly schedule.

Does your family want to travel more or is it primarily focused on creating crafts and cooking?

In the Weber abode, we assign a theme for each weekday to help us add some structure to our week because otherwise days seem to slip by and before your know it the summer is over without any new memories to show for it!

I’ve written a blog post all about how to create a daily and weekly schedule summer schedule to have the BEST.SUMMER.EVER here!

How to create a summer schedule


If you need some more Summer Fun inspiration, check out my Pinterest board here or if you want to see what the Webettes have been up to in real life, let’s become FB friends and Insta-buddies here!!

Hope you and your family plan an amazing summer filled with fun and adventures!

I’d love to hear which summer bucket list activities were your favorite!

Until next time, cheers to keeping the kiddos busy and cheers to you!



Other Summer Family Fun Posts:

Save Your Sanity This Summer By Creating a Daily and Weekly Family Schedule

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