Summer Bucket List – Free Printables!

For many, this summer will be different. Less is open, and caution is encouraged. Plus, we’re all at varying levels of staying home with the pandemic.

So, we could spend all summer trying not to go crazy, OR we can have a summer bucket list for kids to make this season our best one yet. Regardless of outside circumstances.

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In fact, summer bucket list ideas are more important for my family than ever this year. With so much uncertainty, we desperately NEED things to look forward to.

With that, this article contains:

  • The ultimate summer bucket list for kids at home, with yummy treats, outside, and going places.
  • A fierce summer bucket list for MOM (adults need fun too!)
  • 5 Tips for less stress and more fun using a list

We’ll leave no rock unturned! So, let’s check it out the lists!

Summer Bucket List for Kids: At Home

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This is a great reminder that there are TONS of fun activities to do at home!

Take a family photo and have it framed

Make a home theater (or indoor fort) in your home and have a movie day

Make journals (or start a summer journal)

Participate in a fun reading program

Make a time capsule

Do the Home Depot crafts (they are still giving them out even though classes have been cancelled)

Try a fun Science project. Check out easy ones HERE.

Make friendship bracelets

Do a family puzzle

Throw out the slip in slide or baby pool. We seem to ALWAYS break our slip n’ slides immediately, so we invested in this bad boy recently. Problem solved!

Make treats for neighbors

Have a pillow fight

Learn a new board game

Set up a living room campout

Paint rocks (Then, put them around the neighborhood or trail)

Make sun-catchers (or dream catchers)

Plan an epic Father’s Day. Check out these Father’s Day gifts!

Engage in amazing 4th of July Traditions. See my ebook below for more!

Make paper airplanes or paper boats

Write a story

Make a bird feeder

Do a random act of kindness. Check out this post for tips on spreading positivity.

Start a pen pal

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Delicious Summer Food Ideas

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Have fun with food to make your summer an event to remember.

Eat breakfast for dinner (or backwards day with food)

Do a homemade pizza party

Make homemade jam

Make healthy smoothies

Bake cookies

Make root beer floats

Eat ice cream sundaes

Make snowcones

Try homemade fruit popsicles

Make BLTs using fresh in season tomatoes

Make s’mores

Have a fondue night

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July (or these other fun July holidays)

Summer Bucket List: Outside (at Home)

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Nothing beats the sound of bug life this time of year or the starry wonder of a clear summer night.

Create sidewalk art or paint rocks

Gather around the firepit

Plant a garden (or an herb garden)

Do a scavenger hunt walk

Skip rocks in the creek

Campout in the backyard

Catch fireflies

Nap in a hammock. This high-quality hammock will immediately alleviate summer stress!

Make an obstacle course

Have a balloon or water gun fight

Do some cloud watching

Dance in the rain

Fly a kite

Stargaze, and get out that telescope

Run in the sprinklers

Summer Bucket List for Kids: Out

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If you live in a place where these events/places are open and you feel safe, then add them to the list!

Check out the animals and live music at the county fair

Hit up your favorite pool

Bike around a new trail or neighborhood

Check out three new parks and enjoy picnics there!

Hit up a drive through movie theater

Go to a summer matinee

Visit the zoo

Go to a sports game

Go to an amusement park

Visit a nature center

Buy fresh food at the Farmer’s Market

Go on a road trip (even a short one!)

Visit a state or national park

Go bowling

Try fishing in a new spot

Go to a water splash park

Attend a story time

Go to the beach – and make sandcastles

Visit an aquarium

Go to a children’s museum

Play mini golf

Ride a ferris wheel or amusement park ride

Visit a library you’ve never been to before

Try a new restaurant

Visit a pick your own produce farm

Related Post: 11 Epic Ideas for Your Amazing Summer Staycation

Download the full kid list HERE –

Summer Bucket List for Moms

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Here’s the thing. Adults need fun and spontaneity too. And isn’t this summer the best time to go for some?!

So, once the kids are in bed and you can think about your summer, add a few of these on your adult summer bucket list.

1. Add one fun sundress or flirty skirt to your wardrobe

2. Do a digital detox

3. Give yourself or get a bright summer pedicure

4. Wear heels or wedges just once

5. Go on a solo bike ride around a new place

6. Clean out your ________ (closet, basement, garage…)

7. Watch a sunrise or sunset

8. Try something new that will improve your life – meditating, journaling, etc.

9. Take a nap (or ten)

10. Go wine tasting (or virtual wine tasting)

11. Plan a summer date with your partner. Try a romantic picnic!

12. Run a 5K or 10K (these can be virtual)

13. Work on a new habit. Check out this list of life-changing habits.

14. Host someone you haven’t seen in a while (in a safe manner if needed!)

15. Make a summer playlist

16. Make sangria or another classic summer drink. Try drinks HERE.

17. Read an amazing book for women. Or, get one off the NYT bestseller list HERE.

18. Watch fireworks

19. Bake a fruit pie from scratch

20. Porch sit with tea for an afternoon

21. Brew your own beer or make your own wine

22. Do something you’ve never done before (get a tattoo, go on a spontaneous road trip, learn to surf, etc.)

23. Hike a new trail

24. Volunteer

25. Go camping

26. Get a fresh summer hairdo

27. Write someone a kind note

28. Host a game night with friends (or virtual game night)

29. Take a weekend or week completely off of work and household tasks

30. Buy a delicious ice cream treat on a hot day to eat by yourself

Download the full mom list HERE –

Now, read on for what to do with our amazing new lists!

5 Tips for Less Stress This Summer

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Alright, I’m a sucker for lists. BUT, it can be easy to get stressed out feeling like there’s MORE to do as a mom. And there’s no need for that!

Check out these five tips to leave the stress behind with our summer bucket lists!

1. Make it Manageable

First, ONLY pick the activities that mean the most to you or that you can see yourself smiling with. If you know you’re going to go overboard on activities, then force yourself to keep it to a certain number.

2. Change it to a Dream Board

Who says it has to be a checklist?!

Instead of one big to-do list, think of it as more of a vision board or dream board of ideas.

3. Write Only What You’ve Done

Take this list of ideas, and as you do activities this summer, write them down.

Spend the summer creating a list of fun activities you’ve completed. You’ll be reminding yourself of what you’ve done, not what you have left.

Plus, focusing on positive progress is a huge trick for overall happiness and motivation!

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4. Improvise on Your Traditions

Again, this summer will likely be different. And we’ll adjust. The more we go with the flow, the easier it will be on our mental health.

We normally do a big beginning of summer party, and the kids are refusing to give up on the idea. So, we’ll be throwing out every toy we own and make a feast for just our family. It will be fun and meaningful. And we’ll make it work this year.

How can you be creative with the summer traditions you have?

5. Stay Healthy

Summer = fun, but it’s also a lot of togetherness (which can lead to stress)! You’ll enjoy this time most if you take care of yourself. So, don’t forget your self-care for moms, regular movement, and healthy eating too.

Related Posts: 11 Healthy Summer Tips You Need to Know

Something to Consider With the Summer Bucket List

The best way to create an unforgettable summer is with a plan. Even if it’s a flexible one. So, don’t let this time slip by you! It’s the perfect opportunity to build up our close-knit families.

What will you add to your summer bucket list for kids (or adults)? I’d love to know!

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