Are you looking for fun free things to do this summer while staying close to home? Check out this extensive summer bucket list of ideas that won’t cost you a dime!
Summer in 2020 might look a little different than past summers due to some states and countries still under strict restrictions. Vacations have been canceled and you’ve been forced to stay home.
You don’t have to sit at home and be bored out of your mind, though. There are tons of fun things you can do at home or nearby.
And they won’t even cost you a dime!
I’ve created this summer bucket list full of free fun-filled ideas just to keep you (and your kids) from going insane this summer.
Summer Bucket List Ideas
- Have a water fight
- Play a water game in your backyard
- Make snowcones and try different flavors
- Catch fireflies
- Watch the sunset
- Have a lazy day reading library books under a tree
- Have a picnic
- Go on a backyard scavenger hunt
- Go on a road trip to nowhere and take a ton of pictures of things starting with each letter of the alphabet. (A-animal, B-barn, etc.)
- Dance in the rain
- Learn something new
- Volunteer somewhere
- Stay up past midnight watching old movies
- Make S’mores
- Plant flowers
- Have a family slumber party
- Build a fort (for your slumber party, maybe?)
- Have a snowball fight with paper balls
- Go hiking
- Go to the park
- Play frisbee
- Go fishing
- Go to a free movie (our area has free traveling movies – check to see if there’s one near you)
- Make your own fudgesicles
- Roll down a hill
- Ride your bike on a trail
- Play board games on a rainy day
- Run through the sprinklers
- Make your own bubbles
- Go camping in your backyard
- Have a dance party
- Paint rocks and leave them around town
- Make homemade strawberry jam
- Hunt for shapes in the clouds
- Go birdwatching
- Attend a free workshop
- Hula Hoop in the rain
- Make a bird feeder
- Make paper airplanes and have a race
- Skip rocks in the river
- Make friendship bracelets
- Complete a puzzle
- Have a pillow fight
- Decorate cookies or cupcakes with a summer theme
- Attend a free outdoor concert
- Make homemade slime
- Stargaze and see how many constellations you can find
- Fly a kite
- Have a bonfire
- Make wishes on dandelions
- Climb a tree
- Bury a time capsule
- Play hide and seek
- Start a journal
- Visit a nursing home and read to someone (if you’re allowed to visit)
- See if you can fry an egg on the sidewalk
- Have a spa day at home
- Watch fireworks
- Have a water balloon fight
- Create an end of summer scrapbook
Tips for creating your own summer bucket list
- Get the entire family involved. Gather everyone together and write down all of their ideas and things they would love to do over summer. Ask the kids what they would like to do and what new things they are interested in learning.
- Make sure you include something new that you’ve never done before.
- Hang your list somewhere it will be seen.
- Check off your list as you go and add new ideas as they come.
End of summer scrapbook
At the end of summer, create a scrapbook full of your summer photos and all the fun memories you created. Write down the things you enjoyed the most as well as the things you will probably never do again. Don’t forget to include your summer bucket list in your scrapbook! You can look at it for years to come and make new ones every year.
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