Summer time is finally here! While children look forward to summer and having no school, it’s usually only a matter of time before someone mutters a parent’s most dreaded phrase… I’m bored. 

This year, take a moment to plan out your summer and create a bucket list. Talk with your family and see what kinds of activities your children most want to do. Are you planning on taking a family vacation? Maybe a weekend visit to the grandparents’ house? Place items on your bucket list that your kids can look forward to completing while not at home. 

Use a large piece of poster board to write out your family’s summer bucket list and check off activities as they are completed. Feel free to tear this list out and make it your own as well. Here’s to learning some new things, remembering some simple favorites, and keeping boredom at bay. 

  • Make S’mores
  • Make a blanket fort
  • Read a book by flashlight under the covers in your bed
  • Enjoy breakfast for dinner 
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go stargazing
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Bake cookies and share them
  • Wash the car
  • Go bird watching
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Go camping
  • Create a pet rock
  • Roll down a hill
  • Eat a watermelon
  • Learn to sew a button
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Visit a museum
  • Go swimming 
  • Catch and release bugs
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Attend an art class
  • Help cook dinner
  • Visit a splash park
  • Watch fireworks
  • Visit relatives or friends in another town
  • Play in the rain
  • Make popsicles
  • Stay in pajamas all day
  • Watch a movie outdoors
  • Eat a snowball
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Watch a sunrise and a sunset
  • Fly a kite
  • Make root beer floats
  • Visit the library
  • Create a clover or other flower chain
  • Learn to throw a frisbee
  • Climb a tree
  • Write a book
  • See who can blow the biggest bubble
  • Toss water balloons
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Plant a window box of herbs
  • Decorate your driveway and sidewalk with chalk art
  • Visit every playground in town
  • Host a talent show for the neighborhood
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Nap outside
  • Visit mom or dad at work
  • Make fresh lemonade
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Make and sail paper boats
  • Carve a soap sculpture
  • Play hide and seek
  • Finger paint
  • Visit a farmer’s market
  • Make tie-dye t-shirts
  • Complete a random act of kindness
  • Play bingo
  • Make homemade playdoh
  • Go bowling
  • Go look for rolly pollies
  • Have a no electronics day
  • Grow butterflies
  • Go geocaching
  • Watch your parent's favorite childhood movie
  • Put on a puppet show