25 Creative Ideas to Add to Your Summer Bucket List!



Summer is all about adventures and making memories!  This is also a great time of year to make a bucket list of things you want to see and do!  The kids can help make your summer bucket list as well.  There is a lot of joy and satisfaction that comes with crossing items off of it!   There are tons and tons of summer bucket lists out there, but here are 25 creative ideas you might not have thought of to add to your list before!  


  1.  Buy a new fruit each week and try it as a family.  Bonus if it comes from a farmer’s market! 
  2.  Park Crawl – Try a new park every single week!  (You can save the pub crawls for the weekend with adults)
  3. Try a new hobby as a family – learning constellations, geocaching, starting a garden, etc! 
  4. Read 3-4 chapter books together as a family (or 3-4 special books if chapter books are too long for your kids) 
  5.  Visit a new pool this summer
  6. Find a county or state park you have not been to and go for a walk/hike
  7. Volunteer as a family – serve a meal, do yard work for an elderly neighbor, help at an event in town
  8. Plant a new veggie, in your garden or just in a pot! 
  9. Head to the library for their summer reading program
  10. Go to a concert in the park
  11. Visit a drive-in movie theater 
  12. Go camping – in your backyard!!! 
  13. Make your own popsicles (much healthier, too) 
  14. Set up a lemonade stand in the neighborhood
  15. Teach the kids how to make some new recipes in the kitchen
  16. Have a giant water balloon fight with the neighbors – kids vs. adults
  17. Find a splash pad and enjoy! 
  18. Unplug from all electronics for a week and play as many board games as possible
  19. Start to learn a new language together – early on is the BEST time for kids to acquire new languages! 
  20. Do some science projects. Plain old vinegar and baking soda is so fun! 
  21. Go on one-on-one dates with the kids and each parent
  22. Visit your elderly relatives or a nursing home. They appreciate visits in the nice weather too! 
  23. Learn more about 3 animals/insects that you see in the summer
  24. Try a new sport together like croquet or pickleball
  25. Take 1,000 pictures


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Stephanie was born and raised in the Green Bay area. After meeting her husband Tom at UWSP while earning a degree in elementary education, they returned to the area to start their family and careers. Stephanie has been blessed with two outgoing and entertaining children - Landon and Ava. Teaching third grade keeps her plenty busy during the school year but she couldn’t imagine doing anything else! When she’s not at school, Stephanie loves to read, cook (and pretend to be a Masterchef), spend time in Door Co with family and craft/DIY. Her favorite thing in the world is to take her kids to free adventures all around town (or find a great deal while shopping her with her mom!) Literacy is a true passion of Stephanie’s which inspired her to also start her own business with Usborne Books & More!