UPDATED JUNE 13, 2020
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Oh my goodness! How did June sneak up on us already?!
It’s almost everyone’s favourite time of year again (or at least the kids, anyway). That’s right, time to welcome summer break! Two whole months of freedom! What in the world will you do with a house full of kids and two months off?
A little screen time is fine but I’m sure you don’t want the kids staring at the TV in zombie mode or playing on their Ipads all day long.
How do you keep little hands entertained without an Ipad in hand though?
Well, I was thinking back to my own childhood before all the handy electronics made an appearance.
I remember lazy afternoons at the beach, slurping slushies, chasing butterflies and the sunshine.
I want to share more of those simple times with my little guy like the 90s kids of the past.
I’ve essentially created a list of every summer activity I ever did growing up.
You may not get though them all in one summer (especially with everything going on in the world right now) but it’ll give you some fun ways to spend time together without a screen.
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2020 ULTIMATE SUMMER BUCKET LIST PRINTABLE PDF FOR KIDS
1. Visit playgrounds you’ve never been to before
2. Plan a trip to the splash pad
3. Blow bubbles
4. Have a water balloon fight (these instant self sealing ones are awesome!)
5.Plan a trip to the Zoo ( or maybe a virtual zoo day because of current circumstances)
6. Have a sleep over
7. Camp out in the backyard and make smores
8. Take a trip to the beach
9. Build the ultimate sand castle
10. Go for a swim at the pool
11.Go to a drive-in movie or outdoor movie (or grab a projector and watch your own outdoor movie in the backyard with the stars!)
12. Have a water gun fight
13. Play in the sprinklers
14. Take a trip to the museum (or virtual museum tours this year)
15. Join the library’s summer reading club or start your own!
16. Visit the aquarium (here’s more virtual tours)
17. Watch or do fireworks (sparklers anyone)
18. Have a picnic at the park
19. Make sidewalk art with chalk
20. Play hopscotch
21. Skip rope or play double dutch
22. Collect and paint rocks
23. Have family game nights
24. Have family movie nights either at home or at the movies
25. Have an outdoor BBQ
26. Visit the farm
27. Go cherry or strawberry picking
28. Take a road trip
29. Play at the arcade
30. Go to a baseball game or better yet, play ball!
31. Create a lemonade stand
32. Go for a bike ride
34. Plan a trip to the farmer’s market
35. Visit a night market or carnival
36. Make a craft or some slime
37. Bake cookies
38. Build a fort
39. Play board games
40. Parents say “YES” to everything day (use with caution LOL)
41. Visit a national park
42. Make ice cram at home or have an ice cream date at the ice cream parlor
43. Play hide and seek
44. Make and sail paper boats
45. Write and illustrate your own book
46. Attend an outdoor concert or festival
47. Have a scavenger hunt
48. Lay down on the ground and play ” That cloud looks like…”
49. Look for stars and planets with a telescope
50. Make a pinecone bird feeder
51. Learn oragami
52. Make and eat Popsicles
53. Make your own pizza
54. Play capture the flag
55. Have a car wash
56. Have a paint night
57. Go to the library
58. Play card games like go fish
59. Fly a kite
60. Have a pillow fight
61. Play different versions of tag
62. Play mini golf
63. Plant a vegetable garden
64. Make a story with flashlight hand puppets
65. Pick flowers and make a bouquet to give someone
66. Buy ice cream from a truck
67. Visit a water park
68. Create art finger painting
69. Climb trees
70. Take a nature walk or hike taking pictures of local plants, bugs and animals
71. Do a science experiment
72. Write a letter to a pen pal or friend
73. Play with a Frisbee
74. Play on a slip and slide
75. Feed the ducks
76. Visit an amusement park
77. Take a camping trip
78. Raise a caterpillar into a butterfly with a kit like this
79. Go bowling (or lawn bowling)
80. Learn a new hobby or skill
81. Master the hoola hoop
82. Visit a flea market or garage sale
83. Take a fishing trip
84. Take a cottage trip
85. Make tie-dye shirts – this kit makes it easy
86. Ride a train or subway
87. Practice yoga
88. Have a dance party
89. Play charades
90. Play red rover
91. Take a trip to the mall
92. Make your own ice cram sundae
93. Visit a relative or friend (while social distancing of course so maybe a drive by with a sign)
94. Start a collection- Whatever you like: stickers, stamps, rocks, cards
95. Have a talent show with your family and friends (virtually – try zoom)
96. Make a summer memories scrapbook
97. Start a summer daily journal (my class loved these 3 minute gratitude journals I gifted them)
98. Make your own comic book (yup, there’s a kit for that)
99. Be a super hero for a day (dress up and perform random acts of kindness)
100. Make a (youtube) video
101. Host a yard sale
SUMMER BUCKET LIST PDF
There you have it, 101 ways to occupy your little humans all summer long! I know you won’t be able to do all of these things this year (I actually made this list last year when things weren’t crazy) but there’s still quite a few fun things you can do without even leaving your house.
I truly miss and long for the old days of simple summer fun where the fun relies on your imagination instead of electronics.
Go ahead and print out our bucket list below so you and the kids can get to work ticking off as many as you can this summer and then keep working on it every summer.
Let me know which ones were your favourite or if you’ve got some awesome ideas I’ve missed so I can add them to the list.
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