Summer Bucket List: How to Make One For Your Family

By May 15, 2013July 10th, 201434 Comments

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Summer is quickly approaching and your family will be looking for things to do. Now is the time to sit down and make a summer bucket list. There are dozens of summer bucket lists that you can print out and use with your family. Most contain fun activities, outings, and projects that children will enjoy. What they don’t contain is things that your particular family likes to do! The only list that will contain those things is one that you make yourself.

SITS_summer_bucket_list-236x300Before you start your bucket list here are some things you might what to think about.

What are some places nearby that we have always wanted to visit, but haven’t been to yet?

  • Battlefields
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Lakes

What free activities does my town offer that we would enjoy?

  • Outdoor concerts
  • Library Programs
  • Nature walks
  • Cooking classes at local grocery stores
  • Summer movies (Many theaters offer cheap or free movies as do parks)

What backyard activities does your family love or would your family enjoy?

  • Picnic under a tree
  • Cookout with a theme (food from a different culture, movies themes, funky holiday)
  • Painting a backyard fence with water
  • Sprinkler dance party
  • Group Game (tag, hide and seek, baseball or soccer)
  • Water balloon fight

What recipe has your family wanted to try or your family loves for you to make, but you don’t make often?

  • Popsicles
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Ice cream sandwich sundaes

How can you serve a meal your family likes in a fun way? 

  • Have dinner or breakfast at  park
  • Plan a picnic in the living room
  • Serve a meal in a tent in the backyard
  • Have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast

What a some activities we can do if it rains?

  • Play board games with new rules
  • Make play dough
  • Color on a giant roll of paper or back of wrapping paper
  • Create a sculpture with items out of your recycling bin

Who could you help or serve?

  • Take food to food bank
  • Make cards to send or take to a family member, service member, or neighbor
  • Ask an older neighbor if you can help weed their yard


Decide on Ideas and Display Them

Once you have brainstormed ideas for your bucket list, you will need to select 10- 20 of them to put on your list. Please make sure that everyone in the family gets a couple of  their idea things on the list.
When your list is ready, find a fun way to display your list. It could be on paper to hang on fridge or on slips of paper placed in a sand bucket.  There are dozens of ways to display your list.

Finally you will need to decide how often you will try to work on the bucket list. Deciding to do one, two or maybe three things on your list a will ensure that you actually do the things on your bucket list.

More Inspiration on Activities For The Family

Need a little more inspiration to get your summer bucket list going? Keep reading we have some some ideas for you!


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  • Lauren says:

    I love these guidelines to help think up some summer fun activities! Thanks for sharing.

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  • I have been thinking about doing this, but didn’t quite get to the writing it down process. I love this idea… I keep saying aloud what I want to do (go to Yosemite is high on the list) but I think getting the kids – one of whom is 21 now! – involved is so wise.


  • andie jaye says:

    I love that you include a section for rainy day and service-oriented activities!

  • My husband and I were just talking about creating a bucket list for the summer. We were talking about getting our grand children for at least a month this summer and I didn’t want them to be couped up in the house, even though we have an in-ground pool, they still need a few “big” things by way of summer activities.

    I am so glad I saw this article

  • I love bucket lists! Great ideas you have! I think I need to make my own for this summer!

  • allison c says:

    We used TheHappy Family Movement last year to help us create our list (& Pinterest of course). (Totally pinning this btw).

  • Kristyn says:

    thank you for sharing this what a fun idea and great way to find activities for the family.

  • nice post.
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  • This is a summer tradition of ours! The kids LOVE to create the list and we have a blast staying busy with all the fun things (big and small) that we’ve come up with!

  • Great list, I made one last summer but did not stick to it.

  • Andrea says:

    I love this list, so very much. You always have awesome ideas, so it’s no surprise you have such an amazing wealth of info here for us! 🙂 Hopefully the summer will be cool and fun for us all. 🙂

  • patty says:

    What a great idea! about one week into summer, I have 4 kiddos who are “bored”, so having a bucket list would probably save my sanity! thanks for the tip!

  • LydiaF says:

    This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. My children are grown, but I think my husband and I can cram a few summer bucket list items between our other plans. 🙂

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  • Sierra says:

    Great Ideas! Thanks for the Tips!

  • We did this when my kids were smaller and I would pull the list out anytime the kids said they were bored. I still have a couple of the lists they made (my daughter is 22 now)! They are fun to look back at a years later.

  • These are wonderful tips. We have done bucket lists in the past, but then I got disappointed when I didn’t get to everything on the list. I’m so ridiculously Type A sometimes 🙂

  • Honeybee says:

    This is very good ideas. It helps me to think of and plan some quality time with my family. Also thanks for the objective answer. I’m going to save this, for sure!

  • Love it! Such a helpful list! Having a summer plan is HUGE. It makes the time go so much faster!-The Dose Girls

  • Emelie says:

    Great idea!! I’ll definitely have to share this one 🙂

  • Allison says:

    Love this! I’ve been seeing this going around on Pinterest and I think I’ll do this with my kids this summer!

  • I have actually thought about doing one of these this summer! I really like the bucket of sand with sticks display idea. Might have to do that one! Thanks for the inspiration, guess I know what I’m doing today!

  • Wendy says:

    What a great post! My husband and I are empty nesters but still do seasonal bucket lists. Your article really got me thinking about different possibilities.

    This Christmas season, we tried to find special activities to do one on one with our grandchildren. We took our two year old grandson to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the lights. He wasn’t really interested in the lights but we spent several hours watching the model trains in the garden. He still asks to go see the trains.

    We took our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter to the Children’s Museum. She is shy, but we just let her take her time and by the end of the morning she had explored every area of the museum. Originally we planned to do this every year at Christmas, but now we are trying to add activities with the grandchildren to each seasons bucket list.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa says:

    Here is a copy of my “summer bucket list” that we have been using for years. I have to keep republishing on my website and finally added a blog about it as each year more and more people ask for it! My kids are teens now and we have one on the kitchen table as we are getting organized for this summer…. Enjoy!

    Also available here on my website (thanks to my very techie teen!)

  • This is actually a really good idea. We actually also have a summer bucket list and I was glad we were able to fulfill it all. Well, it was a pretty short list (go to the beach, sleep under the stars, fly a kit, grill outside, harvest fruits and visit the museum) because we wanted to go through it at a relaxed pace. The great thing about having something like this is you have activities planned that would make your summer special. Beats staying home and watching TV all summer.