Create a Summer Bucket List {Free Printable}

Every summer I sit down with my children and we create a bucket list of the activities we want to do during their summer vacation. We may not mark each activity off by the end of summer but, it sure is fun trying!

For the last three or four years we’ve just picked up a large piece of white cardboard and a pack of colored markers at the store and created our own colorful list. This year Lindsey of Pen and Paint created an amazing {free} printable and is sharing it with all of us. {SQUEE!!}

Summer Bucket List of fun things to do with the kids! What's on your list?

As soon as I saw Lindsey’s artwork on Instagram I knew I had to try and have it enlarged to 24×36 inches. BIG. Imagine my excitement when I sent it to my local print shop* and they said it could be done!! It looks amazing! What’s better is that I chose to have the black and white version printed so that my children could color it themselves. {you can click here to print your own Summer Bucket List printable from Pen and Paint}

Once the kids finished coloring it was time to start thinking of activities we could all enjoy. Some activities are child {or age} specific, some are for the entire family and some are just for Mom and Dad.

Our activities include:

  • spend a day at the zoo
  • run through the sprinkler
  • dress up as a pirate
  • play in the rain
  • read a book in bed
  • blow bubbles
  • play the categories game
  • play hopscotch
  • build a sandcastle at the beach
  • have a sleepover at grandparent’s house
  • play miniature golf
  • make mud pies
  • make cupcakes with Mom
  • have a backyard barbecue
  • make the homemade magnet fishing game
  • pick wildflowers
  • throw a Frisbee
  • take a last minute road trip
  • go to a baseball game
  • go see a summer movie
  • collect sea shells at the beach
  • go fishing
  • go to summer camp
  • VBS {Vacation Bible School}
  • have a picnic at the park
  • go to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop
  • go to a Home Depot Kids Workshop
  • have a slumber party with friends
  • make homemade ice cream
  • eat boiled peanuts


  • go to the duck pond
  • go geocaching
  • have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  • go to a museum
  • play on the slip ‘n slide
  • visit the library
  • host an out of town family of friends
  • play the matching game
  • go see Dad at work
  • Mom and Dad date night

There are so many other activities you could add. Every family’s summer bucket list will look so different. The idea is simply to create a summer filled with activity and memory making between yourself and your children!

What activities might you add to your summer bucket list that I haven’t already listed?? Let us know on our Facebook page.

*To find a print shop, check within your local office supply store.

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About Melissa Hillier

Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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    Wow! This is a great list. I’m only sorry that I’m just now viewing this in August.