Summer Bucket List Ideas


Summer is here and it’s time to take advantage of the longer days and sunshine. Sometimes it’s hard to think of what to do in the moment, so we’ve compiled the perfect checklists for summertime fun! Print out your favorite (or all three) to banish your boredom.

Summer Bucket List for Kids: Weather Edition

Sunny Days
 1. Have a sleepover… outside! Just pitch a tent.
 2. Make your own sidewalk paint and decorate the sidewalk.
 3. Fly kites on a windy day.
 4. Go miniature golfing.
 5. Go to the zoo.
 6. Go to a baseball game.
 7. Go on a photo scavenger hunt.
 8. Catch lightning bugs.
 9. Feed the ducks at the park.
 10. Build a sandcastle.
 11. Watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July.
 12. Play twister outside.
 13. Grab a pole and go fishing.
 14. Plant something.

Rainy Days
 1. Write a letter to yourself to open at the end of the next school year.
 2. Grab a constellation flashlight and build a fort.
 3. Have a dance party.
 4. Paint your faces to look like your favorite animal.
 5. Make homemade ice cream in a bag.
 6. Be a scientist for an afternoon.
 7. Make sock puppets.
 8. Go to a museum.
 9. Make fun and flavorful popsicles.
 10. Join a summer reading program.
 11. Go bowling.
 12. Have a movie marathon of your favorite series with themed snacks.
 13. Volunteer.
 14. Make a summer scrapbook to remember all the fun.

Summer Bucket List for Couples

1. Make a list of your 10 favorite movies, compare, then alternate watching each other’s movies.
2. Pack sharable food for a picnic to the park.
3. Bake something new together.
4. Read the same book and discuss.
5. Daydream together and plan a dream trip you want to take.
6. Go on an ice cream crawl. Make a list of the top five places near you and taste-test them all.
7. Get dressed up for a simple date night (just because).
8. Channel your inner kid and have a nerf fight.
9. Build a fort and play old school video games or try this couples quiz.
10. Have a tech-free day and simply enjoy each other’s company.
11. See a movie at a drive-in theater. If you have a truck or SUV, make a pillow pool in the back.
12. Go see a local band or comedy show.
13. Take a road trip somewhere.
14. Start a new summer tradition together.
15. Learn how to dance (or just go out dancing and make it up).
16. Spend an entire day in your pajamas.
17. Put together a list of potential future date night ideas.
18. Make a time capsule. Put in any sort of mementos (ticket stubs, photos, cards, etc.) or a bottle of wine to age; set a date to open for another date night.
19. Learn another language and practice talking to each other.
20. Go to a karaoke bar and choose a song for the other person (but don’t tell them).
21. Save up and go to a nice restaurant to close out the summer.

Free and Frugal Summer Bucket List Activities

1. Go on a hike.
2. Take a tour of a local factory or brewery.
3. Dog-sit for a friend and enjoy having a pet to play with all day (and maybe make some extra cash).
4. Visit a local state park or botanical garden on a nice day.
5. Plant a garden.
6. Go swimming at night with glow sticks.
7. Spend the afternoon in a hammock.
8. Make banana splits at home.
9. “Window shop” at a flea market.
10. Pick your own fruit at an orchard.
11. Make a pie from the fruit you picked.
12. Go to a street festival to hear a live band.
13. Make s’mores with pieces of your favorite candy bar.
14. Have a board game night.
15. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
16. Go star gazing.
17. Join a book club at your local library.
18. Learn a new skill.
19. Make a meal with food you find at a farmer’s market.
20. Do outdoor yoga.
21. Go on a road trip.
22. Hit the batting cages.
23. Have a garage sale.
24. Go to the beach.
25. Rent a bike and go somewhere new in your town.


Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!