Make “I’m bored” a thing of the past! Print and share this Summer bucket list for kids complete with 50 ideas to have endless amounts of fun this Summer.
Summer Bucket List For Kids
Now that we are a few days into the Summer break from school, all the excitement is starting to wear off. Time to make our summer bucket list for kids. We sit as a family and talk about all of our “wishes” for the summer.
In the beginning of summer it seems like you have all the time in the world, but reality is it always goes quickly. Scheduling out all of your adventures makes them much more likely lot happen!
Free Printable Pack
This printable pack found at the end of this post comes with 3 different pages:
- A Blank Summer Bucket List
- A Blank My Summer Goals
- 50 Summer Bucket List ideas
Blank Summer Bucket List
The quote on this paper says “let’s make today an adventure kind of day” I love that because there are so many different kinds of adventures. When you include the whole family in making this list, you are sure to have adventures in art, vacations, outdoors adventures and more.
Blank My Summer Goals
This was my favorite page to fill out with the kids. Each one has their own page, and they are making their own individual goals. There’s a place for 3 goals to read over the Summer, 3 things to see over the Summer, 3 ways to serve over the Summer, 3 things to practice over the Summer and 3 places to visit over the Summer.
This is a good time to discuss the difference between wishes and goals. Wishes are something that you hope will happen, but a goal is something that you are actively working towards completing.
50 Summer Bucket List Ideas
Make “I’m bored” a thing of the past. A bunch of these are ideas that definitely involve a parent; but there’s also a bunch of ideas that the kids can do on their own.
1. HAVE A TENT NIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD
Camping in the back yard is just as good as going to the woods, if not better. I have access to a bathroom when I need it and we can sleep inside if someone gets cold or sick.
2. STAY IN YOUR PAJAMAS
Stay in your pj’s all day and it is okay. I actually relish in the days that I am not required to get everyone ready to go somewhere.
3. GO TO LOCAL SPLASH PADS
I cannot say enough about how much I love splash pads. They are super fun for the kids and you don’t have to worry about them drowning.
4. READ A BOOK
We created this Summer Reading Bucket list to inspire you if you are looking for some reading ideas. Also the local library usually has weeking activities for the kids.
5. HOLD A NO-ELECTRICITY DAY
This could be a great way to limit the iPad, TV, phone, computer time with your kids in a fun way. Explore outside, make a fort, go for a walk or a hike.
6. TURN YOUR HOME INTO A RESTAURANT
Pick a meal that your family could work as a team making together. Let your kids pick some special music, set the table, and create an atmosphere that is special with its own flare.
7. PLAY NIGHT GAMES
Pick one night to let your kids stay up extra late and play games in the dark with you. Kick the Can will be a fond memory that they will remember forever.
8. PARK HOP
Make a list of parks in your area and plan out different days that you will go visit them.
9. PLAY WITH BUBBLES
There are so many fun ways that you can play with bubbles by simply mixing up a batch of dish soap and water.
10. PAINT CRAZY
One of the funnest memories I had as a child was when we painted with our feet. You could use a large, old sheet and bring it outside and let the kids go to town.
11. VOLUNTEER AT A LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER.
If you are pet lovers, why not give back and volunteer at the animal shelter. It would also be a good time to talk about the responsibility of owning a pet if you already have one or are thinking about getting one.
12. GROW BUTTERFLIES
For $20 you can open up your child’s eyes to the wonder of the formation of a butterfy in your own home. Go to insectlore.com to purchase a live butterfly garden.
13. Make an Ant Farm
My kids love to watch the ants during the summer. Get them this ant farm I found on Amazon and they will love watching them dig and move around.
14. SCHEDULE PLAY DATES
It is so helpful to schedule time to spend with your friends so that it actually happens! It is good for body and soul, yours and your kids.
15. DOLLAR STORE GIFTING
Have your kids do chores around the house to earn money to do a dollar store gifting day. Everyone gets a dollar for their siblings and they get to surprise each other with a gift from the dollar store.
16. TRASH CLEAN UP OF YOUR FAVORITE TRAIL
I love incorporating service into my kids’ summer. Trash clean up is an easy and safe service project to do with your kids.
17. RECREATE YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SUMMER MEMORY
This is one of my favorites. If you have something special that you love, make that happen with your kids. The best part about this is sharing those memories with your kids.
18. SLURPEES/RAINBOW SNOW CONES
This is always on our bucket list. There is something about a simple day with a slurpee that makes the world just right on a summer day.
At the pool, in your backyard, in a lake. Be safe.
This is my all time favorite thing to do in the summer, of course you may not have access to a boat…but if you do….go boating!
21. ICE BLOCKING
This is an old tradition, but can make for a really fun afternoon. You can request an ice block from your local grocery store. You may want to call ahead to make sure they have one.
22. SUMMER MOVIES MEMBERSHIP
We love to do the Summer movie passes for our kids in the summer. They are typically $10 for 10 movies and they are shown around 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning.
23. STUDY ASTRONOMY AND DO SOME STAR GAZING
24. OUTDOOR MOVIE
25. LEMONADE STAND
27. WALKING DOGS SERVICE
28. GO PADDLE BOARDING
29. LIBRARY DAYS
31. HUNT FOR ROCKS
32. HAVE A FOOD FIGHT
Your kids will never forget this! Make it fun and get messy!
33. MAKE GLITTER SLIME
Here is a perfect step by step guide of how to make your own fluffy, glitter slime!
34. SLEEP ON THE TRAMPOLINE
35. TIE DYE SHIRTS
36. MAKE UP YOUR OWN PLAY
Kids love to play pretend! Why not put together your own presentation and wow your neighbors?
37. BUILD FORTS WITH BLANKETS
I loved doing this with my siblings when we were kids! It is such a fun way to spend an unexpected rainy day.
38. MOVIE MARATHON DAY
This is also another good idea for a rainy day! You could make it a theme of movies or stick to a series like Star Wars!
39. TAKE A CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOUR
We have a local chocolate factory that we love to visit in the summer! It is $1 per person and a magical way to spend a day!
40. VISIT LOCAL MUSEUMS
Often we do not realize what gems lie within our own town. Take a look around and learn about your local history.
41. TAKE A LOCAL TOUR BUS OF YOUR CLOSEST CITY
42. BAKE AND TAKE COOKIES TO YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT OR POLICE STATION
43. GO HORSEBACK RIDING
44. LEARN HOW TO SHOOT A BOW AND ARROW
45. GO FISHING
46. FRISBEE GOLF
47. VISIT A PET STORE
48. RENT AN OLD MOVIE AND HAVE A PARENT/GRANDPARENT WATCH IT WITH YOU
49. MAKE YOUR OWN POPSICLES
50. MAKE NOODLE BOATS AND FLOAT THEM DOWN A STREAM
I hope you all have a magical Summer! What would you add to this list?
Don’t let this Summer pass you by without making memories. These 3 pages will help make that possible!
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