Be Adventurous This Summer - Bucket List Ideas to do with Your Kids

Published Jul 3, 2018

This one goes out to all the parents who live for summer. We've got a sweet bucket list to fight boredom. Here are 40 awesome things you and your family must try!

Summer has snuck up on us. Before the kids spend their days of summer on their tablets or playing video games at the TV, let's fine little ways to create awesome adventures. 

The trickiest part can be finding enough things to do without breaking the bank. 

We've created a "bucket list" of sorts to keep you and your family busy and happy. Try a few, or try them all! Some require a little bit of cash, but most of them just require a little bit of time. 


1. Have a campout in your backyard, with smores of course.

2. Try horseback riding (on a budget- visit a petting zoo).

3. Run a lemonade or iced tea stand.

4. Plant flowers, seeds or herbs. Reserve a portion of the garden exclusively for the kids.

5. Homemade pizza night: let the kids create their own individual pizzas.

6. Get out on the water, whether it's on a boat, sailing, canoe or paddle board.

7. Discover a new beach and make massive sandcastle of your child's favourite animal.

8. Send a love letter to grandma and grandpa.


9. Plan out a scavenger hunt for the kids, even if it’s in the garden — hours of fun!

10. Skip stones at a river or lake.

11. Fly a kite.

12. Play miniature golf.

13. Visit a free neighbourhood splash park to cool off on a hot day (don't have one nearby- set up the sprinkler in your yard).

14. Create a summer book club for your child and some friends, to keep them reading throughout the summer months.

15. Spend time on a farm- you could even see if any farms need a helping hand in return for fresh veggies or a horse ride.

16. Try Geocaching, a perfect way to make it FUN to be active and outdoors.

17. Collect leaves, flowers, seashells, anything from nature to make a cool art project. One of our favourites is sunprinting (photo below). You can pick up this special paper at stores like Walmart, Michaels, or order them online from their website Sunprint Kits.

18. Keep a summer journal.

19. Have a pyjama day — one big sleepover day. Show your kiddies your favourite childhood movies.

20. Big clean! Have a garage sale and let the kids have their own table (and keep the profits).

21. Visit a friend who lives far away.

22. Set up canvases outside and let your little one get messy trying some finger painting or splatter painting.

23. Learn a new sport or practise a current one.

24. Go on a road trip, even a mini one-day road trip can be amazing.

25. Plan a neighbourhood water fight for the kids and grab a bunch of water balloons from the dollar store for them to use.

26. Bake. Make cupcakes for grandma or a loaf of bread for dinner.

27. Go to Slide the City (it's in most major cities).

28. Collect rocks, paint them, and put them in the new kids’ garden.

29. Make your own popsicles or ice cream.

30. Press flowers and make cards with the dried petals to give to the family for birthdays, Christmas, etc.

31. Pack a picnic to bring to your favourite park and spend the day playing games or at the playground.

32. Do a reallllllyy big puzzle!

33. Play a new board game — have a games night once a week with the whole family!

34. Eat gelato - be brave and try a fun new flavour.

35. Decorate the sidewalk or driveway with chalk, don’t forget hopscotch.

36. Try a new hike or walk every week.

37. Have your kids write and illustrate their own book.

38. Write a poem to give to a relative you love or don’t see very often.

39. Try out new recipes - we love making guacamole and salsa! 

40. Build a fort indoors or outdoors.


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Comments (3)

February 3, 2015, 11:59 a.m. Flag

This is a wonderful list of ideas! In addition to your list, I'd like to add that kids should sign up for a summer reading program. This keeps them learning throughout the summer. Also, if parents are traveling with their kids, then take advantage of the local hotspots and events. If there is a festival going on, go to it. Go to the small cafe that you don't have in your home town and go more to the city zoo (you have to admit--after awhile, all zoos pretty much look the same.) Fill your summer with fun and learning and it would have been eventful!

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May 22, 2015, 3:44 a.m. Flag

Great ideas! Kudos to the people who developed this informative site and to those who keep it updated! Can't wait to try some of these.

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January 20, 2016, 7:10 p.m. Flag

This is such a great list! We just got our first snow so I'm here pining desperately for summer. Slide the city looks so fun! Its apparently coming to my city this summer so I hope I can convince my husband to go. I also like the going on a road trip suggestion. I'm the self proclaimed road trip queen and I love getting to see new places.

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