Summer is upon us and that means one popular phrase will ring through most households in America… “mom I’m bored.” To banish the blahs we’ve put together this extensive Summer Bucket List of 150 ideas that is sure to please family members of all ages.

What is a Bucket List

A bucket list originally began as a list of things you want to do, or places you want to go before you die. According to Macmillan Dictionary the term bucket list is a relatively new one. It became popular after the movie Bucket List starring American actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman released in 2007. 
The term bucket list comes from the phrase ‘to kick the bucket’ which is a figure of speech meaning ‘to die’.

Over the years the term bucket list has morphed into a list of things you want to do within a certain time period. For instance, a Summer Bucket List, or a list of things to do before your 40.

After you check out these 150+ Ideas for your Family Summer Bucket List, you may want to check out our 60 Ideas on a Summer Bucket List for Mom or get our Travel Bundle to help you easily afford and plan your next family vacation.

150+ Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

Download the PDF and printable of the Summer Bucket List here.

  • Pool Day
  • Swim in a lake
  • Bounce House
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Picnic
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Family bike ride
  • Bowling
  • Strawberry Picking
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Have a sleepover
  • Go camping
  • Have an indoor camp-out
  • Build a Fort
  • Go to the drive-in
  • Make S’mores
  • Homemade Pizza Party
  • Tie-dye t-shirts
  • Write your own story
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Make your own fidget spinners
  • Visit the theatre
  • Catch fireflies
  • Catch frogs
  • Nerf battle in the backyard
  • Watergun Battle
  • Water balloon fight
  • Silly String fight
  • Make journals
  • Go to a parade
  • Find animals in the clouds
  • Visit a Splash pad
  • Go Fishing
  • Go to a Baseball Game
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Library Summer Reading Program
  • Make a Time Capsule
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Play catch
  • Watch Fireworks
  • Driveway sparkler party
  • Yard games – yarts, bag toss, etc
  • Play a board game
  • Attend a Kid’s Workshop at Home Depot
  • Outdoor movie night
  • Rainy day movie marathon
  • Make 4th of July Shirts
  • Play dress up
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Fly a kite
  • Make your own kites
  • Do a fun science project
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Race paper airplanes
  • Make sail boats and race them
  • Slip & Slide
  • Play in the Sprinklers
  • Play Mini Golf
  • Skip Rocks
  • Make Smoothies
  • Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Have a yard sale
  • Make bubble snakes
  • Make homemade bubbles
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Go to a car show
  • Visit the local fair
  • Eat a funnel cake
  • Make a video
  • Catch butterflies with a net
  • Go to an outside concert
  • Have a treasure hunt
  • Play frisbee
  • Play soccer
  • Visit a nature center
  • Visit a museum
  • Make root beer floats
  • Have an ice cream party with toppings
  • Go to the skate park
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  • Create an obstacle course
  • Sit in a hammock
  • Buy something at a garage sale
  • Have a garage sale
  • Go on a road trip
  • Learn something new
  • Dance
  • Dance in the rain
  • Paint
  • Draw
  • Have a staycation
  • Plant flowers
  • Have a backyard BBQ
  • Play hopscotch
  • Play until daylight is gone
  • Work in the garden
  • Take a field trip
  • Make your own bath bombs
  • Church Camp
  • Get snow cones
  • Paint & hide Kindness Rocks
  • Wash the car by hand
  • Visit Friends
  • Visit More Friends
  • Try paddleboarding
  • Ride a Ferris wheel
  • Lay under the stars
  • Visit a flea market
  • Try Karaoke
  • Paintball
  • Laser Tag
  • Take a picture every day
  • Try food from a new culture
  • Float down a lazy river
  • Make pottery
  • Take a class
  • Go tubing
  • Play Twister
  • Make sand art
  • Visit an aquarium
  • Origami
  • Have a Pinata party
  • Look through a Telescope
  • Have a cookout with friends
  • Game Night
  • Feed the ducks
  • Cook dinner over a fire
  • Make Sun Catchers
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Visit a pet store
  • Hold a Puppy
  • Make a music video
  • Make a Fairy Garden
  • Build a Bird Feeder
  • Jump on a Trampoline
  • Pick Wildflowers
  • Pick Berries at a U-Pick-Em Berry Farm
  • Visit a Wildlife Refuge
  • Go on a Nature Walk
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Make a Nature Rubbing
  • Make a Rainy Day Collage from Old Magazines
  • Hula Hoop
  • Frog Race
  • Play a Game of Tag
  • Make Sock Puppets
  • Make sun-melted crayon art
  • Have a sponge bomb fight
  • Participate in a fun run charity event
  • Visit your State Capitol
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Climb a Tree
  • Rollerskating
  • Make your own candy
  • Drink from a coconut
  • Walk through a cornfield
  • Walk through a sunflower field
  • Buy a tourist tshirt
  • Make & watch a family Slideshow with old pictures

Get the free printable and plain text version of the Summer Bucket List for Family with 150+ ideas. You may also want to see our Summer Bucket List Ideas for Mom or get our Travel Bundle to easily afford & plan your family vacation.

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