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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Summer is a time when we have a lot of free time on our hands. The kids are out of school, parents are taking time off work to spend time with their families. It’s time to get out, enjoy the sunshine, dip your toes in the water for a fun-filled summer of activities. Start planning today and enjoy your family time together with these 50 summer bucket list ideas.

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What is a Bucket List?

A bucket list is a list of ideas or adventures that you have thought about over time. Things that you would like to accomplish during your entire life or in this case during the summer. These can be ideal for yourself or as a family. 

How To Create a Summer Bucket List

There are many reasons for creating a fun summer bucket list. If you are a parent, the main reason would be so you don’t hear those words “I’m bored”. Help keep your kids off of devices and include items that will keep them outside.

How do you create the ultimate summer bucket list that your entire family will enjoy? You gather the family together for a planning session and throw around ideas that will work for everyone. Make sure to add things that will be fun for everyone and not just you. To make this easier, have everyone write down their favourite ideas and put them in a hat. 

Once everyone has thrown their summer bucket list ideas around and you have picked some, you will need to decide how many items will be on your list. Think summer fun when adding to your list. 

Things To Put on Your summer bucket list  

Are you looking to have some new experiences this summer? There are a number of fun things you can do to create lifelong memories with your family. Here are 50 summer bucket list ideas for families!

1. Go stargazing and try to find a constellation

2. Find a new hobby

3. Try to recreate your favourite childhood summer memory

4. Blow soap bubbles

5. Go camping in your backyard

6. Play your favourite childhood outdoor game with your kids

7. Hold a summer BBQ

8. Plant a vegetable/plant garden

9. Do outdoor crafts

10. Build a sandcastle at the beach

11. Find a new park, beach, or lake to visit

12. Watch fireflies

13. Host a bonfire

14. Make s’mores and roast marshmallows

15. Go 24 hours without internet, radio or television

16. Watch the sunset or sunrise

17. Eat cotton candy

18. Go to a drive-in movie theater

19. Do a scavenger hunt

20. Go on a picnic

21. Have a water balloon fight

22. Play with water guns

23. Go mini-golfing or golfing

24. Bake a pie with fresh fruit

25. Start a summer journal

26. Visit a farmer’s market

27. Read at least 10 books

28. Make recycled crayons 

29. Make handprint art

30. Visit a relative

31. Make paper bag puppets 

32. Random act of kindness to your neighbours or co-workers

33. Have a family slumber party with your kids

34. Attend free kids activities/workshops

35. Be a tourist in your own city

36. Run through sprinklers

37. Write a story and illustrate it

38. Walk or run a 5K race with your family

39. Fly a kite with your kids

40. Make homemade playdough or slime

41. Dance in the rain and don’t forget a towel

42. Make jam

43. Play jump rope or hopscotch with your kids

44. Make homemade lemonade

45. Go on a nature walk and learn about plants

46. Have a family game night with snacks 

47. Have an ice cream sundae bar

48. Make a bird feeder for your backyard 

49. Have your children plan and make dinner (with your help and supervision)

50. Have a water balloon fight

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These are easy summer bucket list ideas! No matter how you’re spending your summer, you’re bound to create some memorable experiences with this list.

What are your summer bucket list ideas? Share in the comment!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Great ideas, I did the unplug from all social media and internet last year, worked quite well. I felt refreshed.

  2. A great list of ideas, something for everyone I’d say. I’d love to go strawberry picking, I must see if there is anywhere around here.

  3. This is an awesome thorough list. A lot of the items on the list are actually normal or used to be normal before computers and cell phones but still fun to do.

  4. I love all these ideas. I’m going to be checking out a new lake soon that is close by, and also plan to go raspberry picking at a local u-pick.


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