Kids Summer Bucket List

Vanessa’s daughters enjoying a paper boat challenge from last year’s bucketlist.


I like to sit down with my family and come up with a summer bucket list. It’s fun to hear what crazy ideas my kids come up with. I usually think, if we can, we will do it. Sometimes I have to say, “be brave and try,” think rope swings! On the right are things that have been on our summer bucket list that might help get your ideas flowing.

“Thank you so much for creating this list. My girls loved it! We got out and did activities that we otherwise wouldn’t have. I hope you do it again next year.”
-Vanessa Wilson

  • Join a library reading program:
  • Find a book to read together as a family, e.i. Harry Potter, Charlottes Web, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.
  • Monday “fun” day: do something fun with your kids on this day every week (choose a day that works best for you).
  • You could do crafts, challenges, or a sport.
  • Go swimming at the lake, swimming pool, or aquatic center.
  • Picnic at a fun park.
  • Go fishing at a lake or at the Fish Farm in North Ogden if you want to for sure catch a fish.
  • Ride bikes to your favorite ice cream place or to get donuts.
  • Learn something new: sewing, crafting, quilting, canning, or musical instruments.
  • Have a Bob Ross day and watch one of his instructional videos; try to replicate his painting techniques.
  • Take pictures of all the activities you do in the summer and make an “end of summer video” to watch via projector in the back yard or at a family gathering with extended family.
  • Have a cake decorating party (you can buy pre made cakes at a local grocery store or make your “own.”
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go to a carnival or fair.
  • Grow a garden.
  • Do service for a neighbor.
  • Go for a drive and explore new parts of Utah you haven’t seen yet.
  • Camp out in the back yard for a night and star gaze.
  • Go hammocking.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Run through the sprinklers.
  • Movies in the park.
  • Try the watermelon rubber band challenge.
  • Play kickball with friends and family at a local baseball field.
  • Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire.
  • Make homemade play dough.
  • Have a water balloon fight or play water balloon games.

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