100 Fun and Easy Activities for Your Summer Bucket List

It’s time to make those summer bucket lists! Get out the water hoses, build the campfires, and buy the marshmallows, but also keep reading for a list of unique and fun summer bucket list ideas from The Good and the Beautiful team.

We had so much fun working together (including staff members from across the country) to develop this list of 100 fun and easy things to do in the summer. Don’t forget to print our free download to write and track your family’s summer bucket list adventures! 

100 Summer Bucket List Ideas 

  1. Make homemade ice cream 
  2. Do crafts with an elderly neighbor
  3. Have a picnic in the backyard 
  4. Learn about constellations
  5. Have a family drawing lesson
  6. Host a neighborhood science fair
  7. Collect flowers and press them
  8. Make a stick fort (large or small) 
  9. Graph the number of times you see various birds
  10. Make cards for a local nursing home, then visit with the residents
  11. Learn summer words in a new language
  12. Organize a family game day—at the beach or lakeside
  13. Plant a seed in a cup and track its growth
  14. Grow a sunflower and then roast its seeds 
  15. Make ice pops with fruit juice
  16. Do a show-and-tell of your favorite things
  17. Make puppets from paper lunch bags and put on a show 
  18. Have three-legged races in the yard
  19. Plan a neighborhood water-balloon fight
  20. Go for a walk in nature and sit still somewhere for 15 minutes to listen and watch 
  21. Plant a new tree (for you or someone else)
  22. Build a micro-city with stones, sticks, and other materials
  23. Play a music concert for friends and family, using only homemade instruments

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  24. Make dinner with recipes from another country
  25. Have lunch at the park
  26. Track the moon cycle and lengths of days
  27. Learn a new skill, even something simple and fun
  28. Pick an animal, state, flower, etc. to learn about 
  29. Write your findings from #28 on extra-large sticky notes
  30. Learn about the history of the Fourth of July
  31. Visit a local animal shelter 
  32. Eat breakfast for dinner 
  33. Pick fresh fruit and make homemade shakes
  34. Finish The Good and the Beautiful Summer Reading Program
  35. Build a birdhouse with materials found around the house
  36. Make art using rocks 
  37. Turn an old toy kitchen or a workbench into a mud-pie station 
  38. Learn to fish, then go fishing
  39. Take a camping trip, or camp out in your backyard (or set up a tent in the living room)
  40. Volunteer to read good and beautiful books at your local nursing home 
  41. Create a rock garden and set it up in the yard
  42. Paint rocks and hide them around the neighborhood
  43. Make homemade bubbles

  44. Take a family hike together
  45. Make foil dinners over a campfire
  46. Learn to play a new board game as a family
  47. Learn how to milk a cow or a goat (Research local farms to find an opportunity to have an in-person experience!)
  48. Organize a family painting night 
  49. Make sidewalk chalk paint

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  50. Have a tie-dye shirt party with your family, friends, or neighbors 
  51. Make wooden stick bracelets 
  52. Create puppets from old/worn socks 
  53. Make crystal stars while studying the night sky 
  54. Use The Good and the Beautiful Creative Arts & Crafts Notebook to do a family craft night once or twice (or more!) a week
  55. Visit one or more of your state parks to learn your state’s history
  56. Kick around a soccer ball, play catch, or hit the volleyball around for 30 minutes
  57. Plant a garden and create meals with the food you grow
  58. Make and fly a kite
  59. Build an obstacle course 
  60. Go on a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood

  61. Hang up an old, white sheet and make a painting as a family
  62. Find a strawberry farm and go picking as a family
  63. Be a tourist in your own city
  64. Do a random act of kindness
  65. Set up a disc-golf course and play
  66. Sign up to deliver Meals on Wheels
  67. Make a person or group of people using sticks, rocks, leaves, and other items found during a nature walk 
  68. Experiment with colors: make purple, green, and orange from red, blue, and yellow paints
  69. Learn a new stretching routine 
  70. Make a bird feeder and then keep a record of the food consumption 
  71. Sit in the shade and read a book
  72. Watch a movie outside 
  73. Run in the sprinklers or visit a splash pad
  74. Enjoy a fireworks show

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  75. Make paper or nature boats to race down a stream
  76. Refurbish a household item to make it new 
  77. Listen to an audio book together
  78. Blow up an inflatable pool and fill it with blankets for your movie night seating
  79. Learn about a plant, then go on a walk and try to spot it
  80. Help neighbors weed their garden
  81. Make a treat for Grandma or a loved one
  82. Make lemonade from scratch
  83. Have a tea party or themed meal
  84. Visit a cemetery and make a rubbing of a family headstone
  85. Paint a sunset
  86. Build a fort together, then play games inside

  87. Play baseball with water balloons
  88. Make DIY windchimes
  89. Invite a neighbor to join your family for game night 
  90. Go a whole day without using technology—make it fun
  91. Write uplifting notes and leave them in places (on cars in parking lots, in library books, etc.) or give to people
  92. Write and mail letters together
  93. Play yard Twister 
  94. Play a giant game of Pick-Up Sticks 
  95. Build a recycled water wall 
  96. Plan an ice-block treasure hunt 
  97. Draw shapes you find in the clouds
  98. Play capture the flag 
  99. Organize a glow-stick ring-toss game
  100. Create a memory box to open next summer

Enjoy these fun summer bucket list ideas, and don’t forget to make your own list with our free download below. We hope this season is a special time for your entire family!

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  • Great ideas!
    We downloaded the free Summer Reading Pack—chart, stickers, and bookmarks—and it’s really doing wonder’s for my daughter. It’s winter here in Australia, and in the middle of school term, but we’re using the pack as an encouragement for her to read more books, and it’s working. So I was wondering, would this work as an ongoing all-year-round pack? Maybe a different pack after each 5 books read—different scene, stickers and bookmarks?

    • Customer Support

      We’re so glad that you are enjoying the Summer Reading Pack! The Summer Reading Pack was only available while supplies last and is no longer available; however, we’ll be happy to forward your suggestion on to our management team. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!