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Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

Have a summer bucket list? Want some ideas for getting one started or adding to yours? With summer now here, there are loads of fun opportunities for the family when it comes to spending time together. A little creativity goes a long way, and purposefully investing in quality time together will create some lasting memories for adults and kids alike. Here are some ways to have family fun this summer:

  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Explore a nearby town you’ve never visited
  • Go on family bide ride
  • Fly kites at a park
  • Host a barbeque for your friends and family
  • Pick berries at a local farm
  • Have a one-on-one date with each of your kids, doing something they would love
  • Visit the library or a cute bookstore to pick out a new book
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Have a picnic by the beach or near a lake
  • Have a family game night with snacks and prizes
  • Make and deliver treats to your neighbors
  • Visit a local farmers market
  • Go on a boat ride or enjoy the water while fishing
  • Have a bonfire with s’mores and campfire songs
  • Let the kids plan and make dinner one night (with supervision as needed)
  • Volunteer for a local charity
  • Unplug from all electronics for a day as a family (minus a camera)
  • Borrow a video projector and host an outdoor movie night at your house
  • Run through the sprinkler to cool off on a hot day
  • Light sparklers and watch fireworks
  • Listen to old songs (and new) and pick one to be “the song of the summer”
  • Try a new restaurant in town
  • Go mini golfing
  • Go horseback riding

With all the exciting adventures you’ll be doing, you’ll want to keep track of it all! Here are some ways you can do so:

  • Write all your items on a large chalkboard, checking them off as you do them and providing the date so you remember.
  • Write each item on a wooden craft stick or small piece of paper, putting them in a jar. Draw one (or more) every week to determine what you’ll do next — and have a second jar to represent the things you’ve completed.
  • Get artsy by creating a banner to hang in your home. Write each item on a piece of scrapbook paper and use clothespins and string to keep it in place, adding the date to the event once you’ve experienced it.
  • Buy a photo album and fill it with photos of each adventure as you go! It will build over the summer, and by the end, you’ll have a collection of memories you can look back on.

We hope you’re inspired — happy adventures!