Summer Bucket List: Fun-filled Free Ideas for Summer
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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71 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List: Fun-filled Free Ideas for Summer”
Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your post.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Love these ideas!! I’m motivated to make strawberry jam (plus we have rhubarb so I could do strawberry/rhubarb jam) and I love the idea of going on a drive and finding something that starts each letter of the alphabet ❤️
Thank you! The strawberry/rhubarb jam sounds amazing! It would be so good on some fluffy buttery biscuits. Yum! 🙂
Oh yes for sure..we even do biscuits and the jam and then smother it with homemade sausage gravy…so yummy…it’s like comfort, sweet and savory all mixed together ❤️❤️❤️
For countless years while the kids were growing up we made a summer list, posted it on the fridge and attempted to do as many of the things listed as possible. Your list is fun, thoughtful and could cover a couple summers!☀️
That’s so fun! It’s a great way to create some wonderful memories. I agree! Whatever you don’t get to do one year, just continue the list for the next year. Good point! 🙂
10, 19, 47 yes!! Get outside!
I agree! There’s nothing like fresh air and warm sunshine to make you feel better. 🙂
If only it’d stay fall and spring lol
I completely agree!! Those are my favorite seasons. 🙂
I remember doing many of these as I was growing up with friends good to be reminded of them.
I’m glad you were reminded of such fun memories! 🙂
They were fun with friends
Lots of fun ideas!
Thank you so much!
I wrote about 20 of these down to do with my family. Awesome ideas!
That’s great! Sounds like you and your family are going to have a wonderful memory-filled summer. 🙂
What a fun list! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Love these ideas! I love outside so a lot of these I have done with my son! Thank you for sharing.
That’s great! It’s so good to get outside in the fresh air. 🙂 Thank you!!
I will miss all your recommendations on the weather. For Chile, we are leaving autumn. Very cold (5) degrees sometimes and (0) early in the morning. Therefore we will have a very hard winter.
Similarly, the list seems well suited to enjoying summer as it should be.
Good weekend for you
Wow! That is cold! I hope the winter isn’t too hard on you this year. Although I have to admit that when it’s super hot here I’ll be wishing it was autumn. 🙂 You can always save the list for summer. 😀 Thank you for reading! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!
That is what remains. I just have to be protected from the cold .. Cheers.
Great list, what I like the most is that you say “get the entire family involved” to create your own list. Happy summer Michelle xoxo
Thank you so much! I used to stress out about how I was going to keep my kids entertained during summer break. But then I realized that they had things they wanted to do, too! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Whatta fun list! Enjoy making them happen! God bless!
Thank you so much! 🙂
These are some great ideas!
Thank you so much!
Great ideas and good family fun!
Thank you so much!!
Hi Michelle! Congrats… I’ve nominated you for the Fun Blog Award. Please see my latest blog post for info.
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you thinking of me! 😀
Awww, we’re still on general quarantine, we can’t go around like we used to.
Same here, which is why I was trying to come up with a lot of ideas to stay home. I’m pretty sure there’s already a ton of bored kids out there since schools closed so early this year. 🙂
It’s all about getting outside and enjoying! I’ll be kayaking soon on the lake once I get the yard all pruned and manicured!
Kayaking sounds like so much fun! I look forward to seeing some pictures of that. 🙂
This is quite a list! I like #48 & #49: fly a kite by day, and have a bonfire at night.
Thank you! Those both make for some great memories. Being outdoors is always rewarding. 🙂
Super fun and exciting Summer bucket list. With creativity & imagination, we can create the most memorable Summer. Thanks . Happy Summer. ?
Thank you for reading! I’m glad you found the list helpful. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful summer!
Everyone needs to see this list especially now! You’re right, there’s still so many fun things to do even if you can’t travel. A summer bonfire sounds amazing!
I tried to think of things we could all do at home, which is kind of hard because I just want to go to the beach and stay there all summer! 😀
A few of my friends have been to the beach here this summer (I haven’t). No lifeguards, so swimming is at your own risk, no food stands, and everyone has to be really spaced out. Not the same kind of experience at all ?.
So many great ideas on your list, as well as creating a scarpbook at the end of it. I will have to bookmark this post, as we have posponed our holiday until next year, so will have a go at some of these!
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Hopefully, next year will be better a better time for vacations. 🙂
Great post Michelle! You reminded me to check out the fireflies.
Thank you! I love watching the fireflies. 🙂
Awesome ideas. I can totally support make smores. I am glad that summer is not cancelled because of the pandemic!
Thank you! I agree! Even if you can’t go out and do things you can still stay home and make fun summer memories. 🙂
Yes, I agree. It is all about setting an intention. Life can be fun if we decide to make it so.
You know what I love the most about this great post, Michelle? These are fun, family memories that will be held close for a lifetime! So many of our ‘normal’ activities before Covid-19 weren’t as special and didn’t include the closeness these do! Such an incredible list you’ve made — I love it! The scrapbook idea is brilliant! 🙂
Stargazing with snowcones sounds like a bizarre but awesome combination, don’t you think? 😉
Thanks for sharing these great ideas my friend. I foresee a lot of fun ahead! ♥
I think that’s one lesson that Covid-19 has taught us – spending time with family and slowing down a bit to make some great memories. 🙂
Stargazing with snowcones does sound like a lot of fun! I can see piling some blanket and pillows in the backyard and just looking at the stars while eating a cherry snowcone. 😀
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! 🙂
These are really great ideas! Staying home doesn’t have to be all bad. One thing I would really like to do one day is one of those outdoor theatres. I don’t have everything yet since it’s expensive. I’m gathering things slowly for this one. Thank you ?
Thank you! And yes, I agree. You can always find something fun to do while stuck at home. Those outdoor theaters are so nice. I’d love to have one, too! I hope you get to have one very soon! 🙂
I’m hoping to do several of these activities with my kids this summer!
How fun!! I’m sure they are ready for some amazing summer memories. 🙂
Thank you for this my poor kids are bored. Our pool isn’t opened nor the water park. Poor kids
This summer is going to be so different. I hope your kids stay entertained! ?
Great ideas, Michelle. I have an earth magnet on a chain,
that is calling me to hook onto whatever treasure I can find.
Thank you so much! Sounds fun. 🙂
What a great list! And I love the idea of creating a scrapbook of these summer memories.
Thank you so much! I thought that was a fun way to keep all those summer memories. 🙂
That’s a pretty comprehensive list. Volunteering is a good idea in any season, I think. In lockdown, some past volunteer opportunities are not possible. But new ones are emerging.
My daughter and I were volunteering at the local animal shelter and we haven’t been able to go back since all this started. It makes me sad for all those poor animals. I have seen a few things were you can volunteer online, but to me, that’s not the same as actually being there hands-on.
Those are quite creative ideas to spend the summer. I love the lazy reading under the tree or backyard scavenger hunt.
Thank you! Those are both really fun to do during the summer. 🙂
Wonderful reminders of all the simple blessings! Thank you!
Thank you so much!