Bucket lists are a great way to do fun and new things. This Family summer bucket list is full of fun ideas for the whole family.
Summer Bucket List
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time to relax, work on projects, and have fun with the kids.
Summer is also a time where it is really easy to have some lazy days where the kids spend hours playing video games. (I am not saying that is a bad thing all the time! Trust me I need the break where they just go off and play too!)
A few years back the kids might have been playing a little too many videogames (and I worked on a few too many projects) and we found ourselves not spending time together as a family. That is when we instilled a summer bucket list.
Family Summer Bucket List
A family summer bucket list gives a family perfect memory-making moments to make sure that you connect as a family. These moments don’t have to be every single day, but we try to mark off several summer bucket list items each week.
The great thing about these summer bucket list items is that they are simple ways to have the family connect with each other.
At the beginning of the summer, the kids look forward to making our summer bucket list so that we can create memories together.
How to Make a Family Bucket List
Making a family bucket list is pretty simple. You can #1 download a family summer bucket list off the internet (like this one) or any of our other bucket lists or you sit together as a family and come up with fun ideas that members of the family want to do.
Of course, not every single family member is going to love every single item on the list, but there will be enough ideas they will like that they have something to look forward to.
Some family bucket list items can include, playing games, road trips, favorite places to eat, etc.
Our bucket list is made up of items for kids of all ages because our kids vary in age making it a little more difficult, but totally possible!
Summer Bucket List for Families
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Go to a waterpark
On the top of our family’s summer bucket list every year is going to a waterpark. The kids love to let loose run around and test out all the slides that they weren’t tall enough (or brave enough) to go on the year before. The little kids love to play in the kiddie area and go down the little slides.
If you don’t have a waterpark nearby a trip to the community pool or splash park will provide hours of fun for the kids. Pack a picnic to enjoy as a family.
Every summer we head out on the road for a road trip. The kids love playing road trip games while we drive.
A road trip doesn’t have to be far away, but it is just fun to take to the open road together as a family.
Family game night
Most of our family enjoys family game night on our summer bucket list. This is a night where we stay up late playing games together.
We start the night off playing games for the little kids like Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, and Memory, and then once they get to bed we break out the best 4 person card games, and other fun board games like Aquire, Ticket to Ride, Scattegories and more.
Along with family game night, we love late night milkshake nights. When it is late at night we drive to our favorite ice cream shop or fast food restaurant and all get milkshakes. It is so simple, but the kids feel like it is the coolest thing that they get to stay up late and I was nice enough to drive them to get a midnight snack.
Water balloon fight
Every year a water balloon fight ends up on our summer bucket list. It used to take hours to fill hundreds of balloons, but not anymore with those really cool water balloons nowadays (thank you to whoever invented them!)
After the water balloons are filled, it is time to take part in the biggest water balloon fight of the year… Sure, water balloons turn into water hoses by the end, but everyone has a great time laughing and playing together.
While some kids might not be thrilled about a read-a-thon it is great for avid readers. We spend a whole day or two in Pajamas, eating snacks, and taking turns reading a book out loud together.
Choose a book or a topic everyone likes so that everyone enjoys it once you get started.
Visit a National Park
Taking the family to visit a national park is a great way to get some exercise while also providing educational learning for everyone involved. Visit www.nps.gov to find a national park near you!
Build a firepit
A few years back the kids wanted to have s’mores in the backyard, but we had nowhere to cook them, so we decided to build a simple firepit as a Saturday project. We worked on it all day, then that night we roasted marshmallows and ate s’mores.
To this day, we still use that firepit multiple times a year.
If you live in an area where you can’t build a firepit, think about buying a portable firepit that you can move around and pull out when you want to roast s’mores.
Make it an all-nighter
There is nothing kids like more than being able to stay up all night long! Let them pull an all-nighter and let them stay up late play games with each other, play video games, and watch movies.
I always make it a rule that they have to be quiet so they don’t wake up younger siblings and they can’t fight. If they do, they have to go to bed. If you have kids that don’t normally get along you will be amazed at how well they get along and laugh at 2 am.
Go berry picking
Berry picking is one of my favorite summer bucket list items. There is something about stained fingers and picking big ‘ol berries that is so fun to me. Kids love to pick berries too.
When we get home we hop right into the kitchen and begin whipping up one of our favorite berry desserts.
Fireworks are a must on your family bucket list. Plan to watch fireworks for the 4th of July from your home or go somewhere where you get a great view of the show. Kids of all ages will love watching the fireworks light up the sky all night long.
Kids of all ages love fishing! If you have little kids grab them little fishing poles and get a nicer fishing pole for your older kids. Then head to a local pond or the lake to go fishing. Don’t forget to pack lots of snacks for the kids.
Make a lemonade stand
Nothing beats an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. Grab the kiddos and make your own lemonade stand. As an added bonus, encourage the children to use the money for another summer bucket list activity.
Go for a hike
If you need to get out and stretch your legs, try going on a hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery while making memories with your family.
Attend a sporting event
The warm summer sun means lots of opportunities to get out to the ballpark and catch a game or two! Look up your local baseball team and grab some cracker jacks! If you don’t have a local baseball team, organize your own family sporting event!
Build a treehouse/fort
Some of the best summer memories are made in treehouses. Work together as a family to come up with a special design and build your dream treehouse!
Camp in the living room
In Texas, you won’t really catch me camping outside, but my kids always beg to, so we camp in the living room. We grab our sleeping bags and pillows and have a living room camping party. Everyone loves this summer bucket list item. In fact, we normally do it at least twice.
Explore the city
If you live in a small city you might need to head to a nearby city, but take the kids to explore the city. Head into the shops (perhaps the candy store) and find out what your city has in store. In Dallas, we love riding the trolley around town seeing what Dallas has to offer.
Watch the sunrise
This one might be a bit tough for the kids because your kids will have to wake up early, but it will be worth it. Head to a spot where you can watch the sunrise. While you do, enjoy donuts together and just sit and talk with one another and share some good laughs. These simple moments will become treasured memories.
As a mom, I hope my kids will always remember the memories, thoughts, and feelings they have as a kid. I like to add journaling for 30 days to our family bucket list. This can be a family journal (if you have little kids) you can write what they say or you can grab some inexpensive journals for the kids.
Sometimes it is hard to come up with things to write about so I like to print off these journal prompts for kids to help get them writing.
Volunteer / Serve
I love to add volunteering and serving others to our summer bucket list because I think it is important to teach our kids to give back to the community.
This can be as simple as donating food, clothing, or toys to a local shelter or baking cookies for friends and neighbors. We love to volunteer at local soup kitchens to help those in need.
The kids aren’t always 100% on board with this bucket list item, but by the end, they are laughing and are so glad they did it as they see the difference simple acts of service make in other people’s lives.
Download this Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
There you have it! Some of the best family summer bucket list things to do! What would you add to your family bucket list? Share in the comments!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!