75 Big Awesome Things to Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

When it comes to the ultimate summer bucket list, we’re pretty sure you’ve still got time to check off one or 20 (or more!)  of these great activities for kids. In order to help make that happen, we collected 75 ideas that fit the bill for summer 2020. Scroll down to see them all, and get started on a list of your own!

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1. Take a family bike ride.

2. Have a yes day

3. Learn a new magic trick. Here are seven easy tricks just for kids.

4. Build a LEGO City.

5. Read a chapter book as a family.

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6. Find a great virtual summer camp everyone will enjoy. 

7. Fly a kite. Our top spots are here.

8. Paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

9. Watch the planes at your local airport.

10. Organize a scavenger/treasure hunt. We've got printables here

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11. Go stargazing. Check out our top tips here.

12. Explore a new park with the right social distancing tools.

13. Learn how to make friendship bracelets.

14. Learn about a different culture (and make a meal to match!)

15. Make a dry creek and go fishing!

16. Make and eat popsicles

17. Make a fairy garden.

18. Get a paper map of your city and push pins. Plan out the places you want to visit in the future. 

19. Enjoy a virtual music festival

20. Spend an afternoon writing a story with your kids.

21. Run through the sprinkler. Don’t have one? Make your own by decorating a two-liter plastic bottle with Sharpie designs, poke holes in it, and attach it to your hose. Check out how Dean McDermott did his here.

22. Arrange an afternoon with just your son, or just your daughter.

23. Create an obstacle course for kids.

24. Play hide and seek.

25. Play board games for a whole afternoon.

26. Go backyard camping. We've got 10 great ideas to help you get started.

27. Take a picture a day and print out an end-of-summer photo album.

28. Be a scientist for a day with one of these cool experiments

29. Plant flowers.

30. Have a toy car wash. Or better yet, have a real carwash. Nothing thrills a kid like an afternoon spent with a shop vac and a spray bottle.

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31. Pick a “Summer 2020” song and play it till everyone can sing all the words.

32. Make root beer floats.

33. Find a business that's raising funds for a local cause, and donate. 

34. Create a secret handshake.

35. Make a clover necklace. And a headband. And a bracelet. And a ring. And a pageant sash. And ...

36. Make lemonade at least once. For a little variation, try these fun recipes.

37. Call or FaceTime with out-of-town family.

38. Go to a baseball game.

39. Make fluffy slime.

40. Make something out of all those TP rolls.

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41. Check out all the awesome online arts and crafts resources available right now. 

42. Stay up late and play flashlight tag.

43. Go to a drive-in movie, pack a picnic summer, and take a deck of playing cards.

44. Set up an ice cream sundae bar.

45. Sign up for one of these awesome national summer programs.

46. Lie in the grass and look for pictures in the clouds.

47. Paint rock pets. And then find out how you can care for them by clicking here.

48. Make pickles. Here's an easy-to-follow recipe using cucumbers from your new garden or from the grocery store!

49. Play games with Dixie cups (that isn't beer pong).

50. Make a wind chime.

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51. Create an ice cream bracket and work your way through the summer.

52. TP your kids' rooms.

53. Break a Guinness Book of World Records. Peruse the titles up for grab on the official site here.

54. Learn about rainbows.

55. Make a bird feeder.

56. Play Marco Polo at the pool, or try one of these classic pool games.

57. Prank someone.

58. Make potato stamps. See how The Postman's Knock does it here.

59. Make something out of a cardboard box.

60. Have a potions party.

61. Make s’mores. You can go gourmet with one of these unconventional twists.

62. Learn about a wild animal.

63. Have a shaving cream war.

64. Bond with your kids over '80s TV shows that are still cool.

65. Learn about a few amazing kids, and talk about how your own can change the world.

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66. Bob for donuts at breakfast.

67. Have a tea party outside.

68. Make tie-dye shirts. Need a refresher? Check out this tutorial by Parents.

69. Support a small business or order a new read from your local indie bookstore.

70. Use ice for more than a cool beverage.

— Gabby Cullen & Shelley Massey



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