Summer is here and the break from school seems longer than ever this year! Which means that no matter how slow our days are we’re still going to struggle to find ideas to do with the kids especially when they seem to spend most of their time wanting to play on their devices or watch TV. So I’ve put my thinking hat on and we’ve come up with so next time the kids utter those words “I’m bored!” I’ll have something to reach out and look for ideas with.

mum and child playing in a sprinkler with text reading free summer bucket list printable for families and a copy of the bucketlist to show what you get

100 Fun Summer Bucket List Ideas

We love summer here in the Rainy Day Mum house yes even if it rains (check out our ideas for rainy summer days to do with the kids) but thinking on my feet whilst one child asks for a snack and the other says repeatedly I’m Bored is tough especially when I’m trying to work as well.

So to solve it this summer we’ve got our summer bucket list of simple ideas 100 to be exact that we can dip into and cross off.

flat lay of the free printable summer bucket list with cute summer fruit puppets on a blue background

Whether we finish them all or more realistically we’ll pick a few to do when needed and probably repeat our favourites.

Printable Summer Bucket List for Families

So you can do the same we’ve created a FREE printable version of the summer bucket which you can download from our store! Just click on the button below and it will take you straight there.

child holding a hose pipe with a text overlay reading FREE Summer Bucket List to download for a summer of creative family fun

Your Summer 2020 Bucket List for Fun!

So what activities do we have? Here you go check them out! Where there is a blue underlined link you can find a complete step by step guide on how to make or do the activity right here on Rainy Day Mum.

kids geocaching on a walk
2 rainbow 100% fruit icepops, a laywer of kiwi, raspberry and mango text reads 100% fruit rainbow popsicles
  • Family movie night
  • Camp indoors
  • Stay up all night
  • Play dressup – if you have a princess fan or ballerina why not make a no-sew tutu for dressup
  • Waterballoon fight
  • Make S’mores
  • Take fashion pics
  • Play frisbee
  • Make a mud pie
  • Ride the swings
  • Have a pajama day
  • Play hide and seek
  • Make a pizza – check out our favourite pizza dough recipe
kids cooking homemade pizza together
  • Have a sleepover
  • Watch the stars – learn about the constellations with our shoebox star constellations craft
  • Play hopscotch
  • Have a luau
  • Make braclets
  • Eat whipped cream
  • Have a relay race – yes even if you have toddlers – check out our toddler Olympics for ideas
tunnel crawl
  • Make a music videao
  • Play laser tag
  • Race RC cars
  • Play volleyball
  • Indoor marathon
  • Have a bubble bath
  • Obstacle course
  • Catch fireflies – or make your own like our egg carton firefly craft
firefly made from egg cartons a simple summer craft for kids
  • Have a dance party
  • Play baseball
  • Tell scary stories
  • Paint Rocks
  • Make a craft
  • Colour pages
  • Play cards – how about teaching your kids elevens it’s maths and will keep them occupied
kid placing cards down in a game of elevens
  • Go on a nature hunt
  • Play twister
  • Make bath bombs – check out this guide to making them over on Ruffles and Rainboots
  • Talent competition
  • Make a campfire
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Have a sack race
  • Watch fireworks
  • Sleep in a tent
  • Make slime – check out these ideas for edible slime and borax free slime over on Red Ted Art
  • Do a good deed
  • Make Playdough – we have all of our playdough recipes here from edible to watermelon scented
close up of purple scented homemade playdough with cream-of-tartar
sidewalk chalk paint pictures on the driveway
  • Run thru sprinklers
  • Make brownie dough
  • Watch the sunrise
  • Send a postcard
  • Build a birdfeeder or even a bird box ready for the nesting birds next spring
child making a nest box in the summer
  • Play i-spy
  • Family sleepover
  • Waterballoon baseball
  • Go roller skating
  • Wash a car
  • Play dodgeball
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Help cook dinner – check out some of our favourite recipes to cook with kids for some inspiration
  • Finger paint – make your own taste safe finger paints and even your babies can join in
  • Make paper airplanes – set a family challenge and see who can make them go further you can even turn it into a STEM Airplane Investigation to add a bit of learning to the summer
paper airplanes on the ground after a family competition to see who can get them further

Still Need more Ideas! Check out these ones

close up of the first set of activities in a summer bucket list text reads summer boredom busting ideas free printable bucket list for kids
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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