Summer Activity Ideas


I may be singing a different song come mid-August, but for now I'll be the first to declare that summer goes by too fast! For all the build-up, anticipation and prep, every year we blink and it's over. Every year I also go into July and August without much of a plan. Yes, we dot a few days with activities and typically one family vacation; but otherwise one day just rolls into the next and the same for weeks. While there's definitely something to be said about enjoying a couple of months of a pared down schedule, it's also nice to look back on the summer and feel you really made the most of it.

So this year, I'm determined to be more intentional with our days. This doesn't mean I plan on overextending myself or breaking the bank. Quite the opposite. This summer is all about enjoying the little things and exploring our own backyard. In an effort to nail this, I was brave and asked the kids what they wanted to do this summer. I expected them to come up with a mile long list of suggestions, none of which would be even remotely realistic; but to my surprise their ideas were right on par with my own.

I encourage you to come up with your own list 'Summer Bucket List'. Invite your kids to share their thoughts and make the next couple of months some of the most special you'll look back on. Below are some of our ideas and a printable list to come up with your own. Ensure you display the list somewhere visible as a daily reminder!

Young Family Summer Bucket List

  • Plant something and watch it grow
  • Create a summer scrapbook (we have done this now for a couple of years and I highly recommend it)
  • Go to a U-pick strawberry patch (and make a delicious dessert from our take home)
  • Have a weenie-roast
  • Pack a picnic supper and spend an evening at the beach
  • Mini roadtrips to check out new parks
  • Make a backyard tent/fort to play and watch a movie in
  • Visit two different splash pads
  • Try making homemade ice-cream in a bag (recipe)
  • Collect craft supplies from a nature walk
  • Make a backyard obstacle course and invite friends to try it out
  • Have breakfast at the beach or park
  • Spend a rainy day enjoying a movie marathon in PJs
  • Tie-dye t-shirts as a summer keepsake
  • Master one new skill (Hudson - diving, Loic - riding his bike without training wheels, Mairi - swinging)


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We'd love to hear some of your ideas, too! Please share in the comments.

- Janine