ssl certificate

50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For Families


You made it!

Summer is FINALLY upon us.

Welcome to the smell of driveway campfires and fresh cut lawn. Before you know it, you may even be hearing ice cream trucks playing that one song over and over and over and over...

Never mind that, never mind that.

My family enjoys doing certain things every year, but only recently have I considered the idea of a "summer bucket list." This involves sitting down together and writing up a list of all the things you hope to do before school kicks back in. Between the nice weather and the extended sunshine, it only makes sense.

The key is to refer to your list all summer. Perhaps use a dry erase board and circle items as you do them, or write the tasks on slips of paper that you randomly pull out of an envelope every few days. You may enjoy tracking them with pictures and posting them on social media, too.

So what would be on your list?

Here are 50 summer bucket list ideas for families, listed from cheap to expensive:

  1. Go for a family bike ride down a local trail
  2. Camp out in the living room to play board games on a rainy day
  3. Set up a blanket or tent in your backyard on a clear night and stare at the stars together
  4. Visit someplace local that's free and beautiful, like a state park or nature preserve
  5. Run through a sprinkler
  6. Stay in your pajamas all day and eat breakfast food for dinner
  7. Search for geocaching in your area
  8. Meet up with friends at a splash pad
  9. Play freeze tag
  10. Cut the lawn of a local friend, but don't get found out about it
  11. Host a neighborhood campfire in your driveway and make s'mores
  12. Play a recreational game of soccer at a park, and recruit the other kids/families to join in
  13. Borrow a video projector and host an outdoor movie night on the side of your house
  14. Read every book your local library has from a favorite author
  15. Catch fireflies in a jar
  16. Hike into the woods for a couple hours
  17. Turn off all your electronics for one whole day as a family
  18. Buy a cup of lemonade at a kid's stand
  19. Light sparklers and watch fireworks
  20. Fly a kite
  21. Collect sea shells
  22. Dress up and film your own movie
  23. Burn a hole in a leaf using a magnifying glass and the sun
  24. Listen to old songs and new ones to decide which one is "the song of this summer"
  25. Sketch out a family portrait on your driveway using sidewalk chalk
  26. Brew sun tea
  27. Consume a whole water melon together in one sitting
  28. Supply the neighborhood kids with some homemade popsicles
  29. Create your own snow cones
  30. Chase down an ice cream truck and buy something sweet
  31. Try fishing, even if you don't know how to fish
  32. Bake brownies or cookies for your church or a community group
  33. Hang a bird feeder
  34. Volunteer to serve with a ministry or organization that serves the poor
  35. Set up a scavenger hunt for your kids and their friends, including offering some cool prizes
  36. Pick berries at a farm
  37. Hit a deli on the way to the beach to order monster sandwiches for lunch
  38. Have a water balloon fight
  39. Make homemade ice cream
  40. Go to a drive-in theater
  41. Ride horses together
  42. Sample every pizza place in your town
  43. Sail on a boat
  44. Ride on a jet ski
  45. Find a mini-golf course that everyone can do well on and play a round
  46. Shop at a farmer's market together to buy food to make an entire meal out of
  47. Drive out to visit a new zoo
  48. Attend a sporting event
  49. Spend the day at a nearby amusement park
  50. Add one of your own to the list!

Any of these can be done completely as a family or as a one-on-one time with each of your kids. The goal is to be present all summer long.

There's also a matter of making sure you don't get so recreational that you lose sight of good consistencies. It's easy during summer to turn God into recreation and recreation into God. So in the midst of it all, remember that these are not activities meant to be an end into themselves or alternatives to church but an on-ramp into Jesus-centered connections. Imagine what that could look like!

Your turn! What's on your list?

Recommended Posts
  • Sarah Dombrowski

    Go jeeping
    Catch crawdads
    Pick up trash in your neighborhood
    Attend a parade
    Make mud pies
    Attend a concert outside (many are free at parks in the summer!)
    Spend time with grandparents

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Lifetree Kids


Start typing and press Enter to search