Summer Bucket List


I really adore the concept of creating a summer bucket list. It’s a simple idea; you write down everything you would like to do over the summer to make it a super awesome one. But the real appeal comes from having the list tangible. Not only does it hold you accountable to accomplishing at least some of the items, but it also gives you, and your family, no excuse to ever utter the dreaded words “I’m bored” – simply check the list for a fun, appropriate activity! The list can be as complicated or simple as you want, but should be attainable. Some items can be done spur of the moment, and some take a little planning. Depending on your children’s age(s), and schedule conflicts, you can make the list as long or short as you like, but be sure to think up and include a few adult-only dates, because those are important too.

I thought I might give you some inspiration to get started on your own list by sharing mine.

This is from last summer and the first time we made and played with finger paints.
This is from last summer and the first time we made and played with finger paints.
  1. Swim at the Maple St Park pool
  2. Ride in a hot air balloon
  3. Backyard camping
  4. Take Logan hiking at Mt Philo
  5. Take Logan fishing
  6. Let Logan chase the chickens at Shelburne Farms
  7. Bike riding
  8. Eat creemees
  9. Finger painting with homemade paints
  10. Blueberry picking
  11. Let Logan stay up late to see fireworks/play with sparklers
  12. Play in the ocean
  13. Make a sand castle
  14. Go see a movie at the drive-ins
  15. Make giant bubbles
  16. Play with water rockets
  17. Make s’mores
  18. Have a BBQ with friends
  19. Visit the grandparents
  20. Go see a free concert at the park

Once you’ve compiled your list, print it out and hang it up. Make sure you put it somewhere visible, where you can see it and reference it often. And then, have an awesome summer!

What’s on your summer bucket list?


  1. Heather, I’m so jealous. I hope you’re going to be in the Napa Valley area, I can’t think of a prettier place to take a hot air balloon ride.

  2. Great idea. My family is going to California this summer and we are scheduled to take a hot air balloon ride. I’m terrified.

  3. That sounds awesome, Erika! I’ve really been wanting to check out the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium! Maybe I’ll add that to my list, too!

  4. I got cheap tickets from Living Social to take the family to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, as well as the Montshire Museum. We are going to go sometime this summer.


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