Summer is finally here, and with it comes our annual summer bucket list! Want some ideas to help you relax and enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summer? Check out my list for simple, relaxed ideas anyone can enjoy!
I’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of the huge, flashy summer bucket lists on Pinterest. I guess I can see the point if you’re the type of person who loves a full schedule, but that’s simply not us.
We spend most of the year being busy. Schoolwork, Girl Scouts, co-op classes, and extra-curricular activities keep us on the run and feeling rushed for 9 months out of the year. Summer is our chance to really slow down and enjoy ourselves.
Want to slow down and enjoy a more relaxed summer? These are some great summer bucket list ideas to get you started.
Summer Bucket List Ideas to Help You Slow Down
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- Take a road trip: I have no idea where we’ll go this summer, but summer road trips are my favorite!
- Beach days: we’re fortunate enough to live on the coast, so we fill our summer days with loads of beach trips. Pack a canopy or umbrella shade, some sand toys, and lots of sunscreen and hit the road.
- Build a sandcastle: these are always so fun and full of imagination. We like to get really creative and either skip the sandcastle molds entirely, or use things like plastic cups and bowls to create our structures.
- Collect seashells: This has always been a favorite summer past time of mine, and one that I do with my kids, too. And, like any good homeschooling mom, I bought a seashell guide so we can identify the shells we collect this year.
- Make seashell art: There are loads of ways to do this. We always paint our shells with water colors and then make wind chimes, but I’ve also seen some really cute ideas with air dry clay that we might do this year.
- Go camping: We used to be big campers, and really stopped going as much when we moved to Texas. Last year, we realized how much we missed it though, and our goal this year is to do more of it.
- Watch fireworks: Summer just isn’t complete without a good fireworks show.
Back Yard Summer Fun
- Build a fort: My kids are determined to have an outdoor hideaway this year, and keep experimenting with different fort designs with all the neighbor kids. This summer, we’ll help them design and build something that will last!
- Tie-Dye shirts: It’s become a family tradition, so it had to have a spot on our summer bucket list. This year, I think we’re going to get a little creative and try some new things. I’ll keep you posted!
- Time by the pool– It’s not for everyone, but a few years ago we broke down and bought an above ground pool for the first time. It made our backyard our own summer oasis! We’ve kept one every year since, and can’t imagine summer without one now. Currently, we have this one and love it.
- Build fairy gardens: Have you ever done this? My kids love them! Sometimes, we create gardens out of only items found in nature and then leave them alone. Other times, we create fun designs that the kids can play with and leave in our backyard garden. Both options are a big hit! We currently have this kit that Charlotte got for her birthday that we love!
- Have a water balloon fight: A summer time favorite that can’t be left off the list. These water balloon bundles might be my favorite invention ever, because they make water balloon fights so much easier!
- Create sidewalk chalk art: Addie has really gotten into drawing lately and is creating some really impressive chalk art. I can’t wait to see our sidewalks and driveway covered in her artwork this year!
More Summer Bucket List Ideas
- Have a picnic: This is something my kids ask for all the time, so this summer, I’ll be sure to pack a picnic lunch and take off somewhere special for an outdoor lunch or dinner.
- Have a movie marathon day: Let’s face it. Some days you don’t want to be outside doing stuff. Movie marathon days are definitely on our summer bucket list. We’ve already got a list started of movies and documentaries to watch together.
- Make homemade popsicles: These are so simple and fun, and a great way to use up extras when you make smoothies! Here’s one of our favorite recipes, but really, you can’t go wrong if you make your favorite smoothie and pour it into a mold.
- Read lots of books: Our favorite part of the day has become our morning reading time. We call it “Coffee with Good Books” and plan to keep it up during the summer. We’re currently working our way through the first Harry Potter book (for the second time with the kids, countless times for me). I’m sure this will launch us into a full summer of Harry Potter again, but I’m not complaining.
- Make homemade ice cream: I haven’t done this since I was a kid, but I really want to give it a try this year!
- Take family bike rides: My kids love getting out of the house in the evenings once it cools off, so family bike rides around the neighborhood are a must.
- Visit a water park: Swimming and the beach are lots of fun, right? But there’s something to be said about massive water slides and lazy rivers with friends.
- Roast marshmallows: Is it even summer without s’mores? Does anyone know?
Summer STEM Fun
This week, I stumbled across a fun STEM challenge in one of my Girl Scout groups. Since I’m also a leader, I created a graphic to use with my own troop and thought I’d share it here. It’s full of neat STEM based summer activities you can enjoy with your kiddos of all ages.
Want to follow along?
Here’s the graphic! Find the activities you think are most interesting and add them to your own summer bucket list!
Want more fun ideas for summer? Check out these amazing lists from fellow bloggers:
- The Best Ever Summer Bucket List from Motherhood Maniac
- 50 Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids from Arrows and Bliss
- Looking for Date Night ideas this summer? This post from Grace, Love, Life
- Family Summer Bucket List Printable from Better as Us
- 50 Free or Cheap Ideas Summer Bucket List Ideas for Families from The Curious Frugal
- The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for an Absolutely Lovely Summer from Lovely Little Lives
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What are your plans for the summer? Do you create a summer bucket list or do you just wing it?
If you’re like me and want to keep your summer days simple and lazy, I hope this list helps you accomplish just that!