Jun 21, 2021

Fun-For-All Summer Bucket List

Summer brings the freedom that comes with warm weather and vacation time. This season of long days is often a happy mix of active fun and relaxation. More activities take place outside, and families typically spend more time together.

To embrace the joys of summer, here’s a Summer Bucket List for kids of all ages. Choose your favorite activities, or try to complete them all! Get ready for summer, get set for special memories –and go have fun!

  • Run through a sprinkler, at least once, preferably many times!
  • Visit a county or state fair, or a local carnival. Ride a roller coaster or a Ferris wheel.
  • Decorate a sideway, driveway or wall with colorful chalk.
  • Do some stargazing. Spread a blanket on the grass on a clear night, and stare at the sky.
  • Eat corn on the cob. Buy it from a farmer’s market or farm stand, cook it as soon as you get home, and eat immediately (butter and salt optional!)
  • Gently catch at least one firefly (or lightning bugs, as some people insist) and see how long it stays on your hand.
  • Eat at least three new flavors of ice cream.
  • On a hot day, replace one meal with a banana split sundae.
  • Have a family water fight with water guns and/or water balloons. Or turn it into a neighborhood event!
  • Visit a historic site.
  • On a rainy day, go outside, and dance. Or wait until the storm passes and then jump in puddles.
  • Visit libraries and/or playgrounds in neighboring towns.
  • On National Watermelon Day (Aug. 3), get a watermelon with pits, and have a contest to see who can spit the seeds the farthest. The record –so far –was set by a Texas man who spits a pit more than 75 feet.
  • Get up early and watch the sunrise.
  • Visit a garage sale and buy something.
  • Go bowling on a hot day.
  • Eat a snow cone or ice pop –especially one that will turn your tongue a bright color.
  • Visit a waterfall, preferably one where you can get wet.
  • Watch fireworks. Find a schedule of local firework displays and attend as many as you can.
  • Go camping –even if it’s in your own backyard.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Hike on a nature trail. Put several pieces of double-sided tape on your shoes, and examine what sticks to the tape as you walk. Bring a magnifying glass for more fun.
  • Have a picnic on a blanket, even if it’s in your backyard.
  • Make s’mores, preferably over a fire.
  • Visita zoo, aquarium and/or a planetarium.
  • Have a bubble gum-blowing contest.
  • Assemble a jigsaw puzzle. The larger, the better!
  • Read at least three books. Try a genre you usually don’t read.
  • And finally, a big challenge for many: Avoid TV, radio and the internet for 24 hours!

To download or print a PDF checklist, click here.