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Saint Francis DeSales

Memorial Day: Summer Bucket List 2014

My younger boys are reaching that age in which they are beginning to be too old for some of the things I had planned to do with them. With this thought in mind, I am working on a "So what are we going to do today?" list to give us something fun to do every day of summer vacation, with some extras to give us some choices. For some of these things, it might be my last chance! I will keep adding to the list as I come up with new ideas, so check back from time to time.

  1. Go to an Ocean beach
  2. Write messages in note cards stick them in balloons and send them off
  3. Play with Zentangles
  4. Make no-sew T-Shirt bags.
  5. Send 13 oz. or less mail
  6. Go to the water park
  7. Go fishing
  8. Create adventure journals to record the summer
  9. Give each child a disposable camera and a blank book and tell them to document their life for a week..or two
  10. Practice wood carving
  11. Have a 17th birthday party for Sam
  12. Have a sleepover on the trampoline
  13. Make watermelon sorbets in lime shells
  14. Make a countdown to summer banner.
  15. Go roller-skating
  16. Go Bowling
  17. Go to the Farmer's market
  18. Have a first day of summer part
  19. Take advantage of the summer foods and grilling.
  20. Make sunprints
  21. Go to a pirate festival.
  22. Make/Go on a Scavenger hunt
  23. Go to Sonic for half-priced shakes
  24. Have fun with Family Game nights.
  25. Go stargazing or watch a meteor shower...if there is one this summer.
  26. Make a kaleidoscope
  27. Make Tie dye T-shirts
  28. Play games in the backyard
  29. Make an art journal
  30. Go to Amazon Fullfillment Center.
  31. Play volleyball at the beach
  32. Make bottlecap necklaces
  33. Catch fireflies
  34. Have a pizza party with a Make-Your-Own Pizza bar and a Make-Your-Own Fruit Pizza bar for dessert
  35. Go to a museum 
  36. Play with balloons
  37. Go to a National park...Jr. Ranger program?
  38. Crack marbles in the oven, and perhaps make jewelry out of them
  39. Go to the zoo
  40. Make hemp cord bracelets
  41. Make Scandinavian Shaved Wood Ornaments for Christmas in July 
  42. Have a waffle bar 
  43. Make Watermelon Treat Packets
  44. Make beaded spiders 
  45. Make handmade soap with shells, etc. in them 
  46. Visit my dear sister-in-law and best friend, Brenda.
  47. Make beach sand candles 
  48. Make shell prints 
  49. See fireworks
  50. Have a picnic on the beach 
  51. Play games at the beach 
  52. Go to Ms Pat's Pre-Bastille Day Party.
  53. Make macrame candle holders and hang them. Light them at night. 
  54. Transfer pictures to tiles
  55. Have a sundae bar.
  56. Have a cake decorating party 
  57. Have a 20th birthday party for Alex 
  58. Fly in a plane with Young Eagles 
  59. Drive-in movie or Movie night  (Holes)
  60. Go camping 
  61. Preserve a spider web 
  62. Make an origami boat 
  63. Make bread clay 
  64. Go to China town or Little Italy? 
  65. Have a bonfire
  66. Go swimming 
  67. Send a message in a bottle 
  68. Light a dandelion on fire 
  69. Celebrate the 4th of July.
  70. Take photos from a photo booth 
  71. Make indestructible bubbles 
  72. Go on a biking trail
  73. Make a kite 
  74. Fly a kite 
  75. Have Brown Cows, Black Cows and other Ice Cream Sodas.
  76. Teach Sam and Katie how to drive
  77. Go to a restaurant with a group of friends  (Does two count as a group?)
  78. Go Puddle jumping 
  79. Make homemade ice cream
  80. Take the Fort Miles Lantern Tour
  81. Find a four leaf clover 
  82. Sleep under the stars 
  83. Make a watermelon cake.
  84. Buy an underwater camera and take photos 
  85. Build sandcastles 
  86. Take easels down to the beach and paint 
  87. Make freezer paper stencils
  88. Have a Seafood Boil.
  89. Make a leaf bowl 
  90. Make walking sticks.
  91. Go see a play
  92. Make tin box scene magnets for the fridge from a mint's tin 
  93. Make homemade cookies using a new recipe.
  94. Have a cookies and milk bar with pink milk, banana milk, chocolate milk, vanilla milk.... 
  95. Go on lots of picnics
  96. Glo-stick hide and seek 
  97. Go on nature walks 
  98. Make lanterns 
  99. Make a beachy picture frame 
  100. Make a gift for friends 
  101. Make lots of s'mores.
  102. Make balloon and sand juggling balls 
  103. Make a summer banner.
  104. Create a backyard sign of places we've traveled to. 
  105. Camp in a yurt 
  106. Go to South Mountain.
  107. Make floating candles 
  108. Make glue batik
  109. Go letterboxing 
  110. Make a backyard chalkboard 
  111. Make our own personalized mugs with Sharpies 
  112. Take a moonlit walk in PJ's 
  113. Start a collection and keep it all summer 
  114. Have a backyard campout
  115. Doodle on rocks 
  116. Do pendulum painting 
  117. Paint with condensed milk 
  118. Put in and attend to a vegetable garden
  119. Have a garden party...eat dinner outside 
  120. Make a pond in a barrel 
  121. Get snowcones from an ice cream truck at the beach 
  122. Go to Great Falls/Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
  123. Make a sand pile and a rock pile in the backyard 
  124. Spray Garden stones with glow in the dark paint so that they will glow at night 
  125. Play with ice when it is hot
  126. Raise silkworms 
  127. Let paper lanterns go 
  128. Have fun with the rock tumbler.
  129. Take a summer park tour of all the parks in the area and have popcorn in the park one day and do science experiments at the park another day. Leave coins on the playground for children to find after we are gone. 
  130. Go strawberry picking
  131. Make a bean teepee or a sunflower house 
  132. Play with sidewalk chalk 
  133. Make a firepit 
  134. Get a dog.
  135. Go to Antietam/Sharpsburg, MD
  136. Make an outdoors pulley 
  137. Make a bamboo wind chime 
  138. Make a waterwall 
  139. Celebrate James 13 1/2 birthday
  140. Paint with marbles 
  141. Go to a pet shop just for fun 
  142. Go to Red Robin.
  143. Make a tin can howler 
  144. Make a fort in the woods or backyard 
  145. Go to a Renaissance Fair 
  146. Go to a Western Themed park 
  147. Have a tea time taste test 
  148. Play games with rocks...how many can we come up with? 
  149. Camp in a Treehouse.
  150. Make a hovercraft 
  151. Learn screenprinting 
  152. Go to Harper's Ferry.
  153. Make floating boat luminaries to float at night 
  154. Make wire sculptures 
  155. Eat at a real diner.
  156. Make Alcohol Ink Drink Coasters
  157. Make an embroidered painting 
  158. Go to an Art Museum.
  159. Eat Popsicles IN the swimming pool. 
  160. Become acquainted with three local birds. 
  161. Make a summer table decoration.
  162. Go on an “Early Bird” adventure. Get up at the crack of dawn, stay dressed in PJs for a sunrise picnic breakfast and walk on the beach. 
  163. Go on one-on-one adventures with each child. Have them pick the destination. 
  164. Catch frogs. 
  165. Make a watermelon print summer table cloth.
  166. Make shrinky-dink rings 
  167. Do textured coloring 
  168. Make plaster dipped flowers 
  169. Visit a Lighthouse
  170. Make lavender wands 
  171. Make beach houses with shell roofs 
  172. How many different natural places can we go this summer? Stream, ocean, fields, mountains, woods, pond.... 

For more Summer Fun ideas, check out my Summer Bucket List board on Pinterest.


  1. As always, that is one impressive list! I hope you have the opportunity to do as many as your heart's desire :)

  2. How fun! I love "Get a Dog" ! :)

  3. What a grand list!!!! Next week is our finals week and the temps have already hit 90 here, so summer is just around the corner for us. I better start working on our summer bucket list!

    1. Already in the 90's? Wow!

  4. Well, you had me up until #134! You have an awesome list. It looks like you have a fun summer of exploring, adventuring, and celebrating ahead. Thanks for sharing at the party again this year!
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

    1. Yes, that one threw a lot of people! LOL We have been wanting one for awhile now, but puppies are hard to find in our area, especially if you want a mutt.

  5. I'm trying to decide if we're going to do a summer bucket list this year, at the rate we're going we'll still be finishing up school in July.

    1. Yes, I think we will be finishing up that late, too, but we will throw in some summer fun each week as well.

  6. I like the last one on the list - would be fun to see your photos if you do get a dog.

  7. Oh my, I'm feeling the need for a little nap just reading your list!! Goodness! I hope you all enjoy doing and then crossing off each one on the list!

  8. This list is full of so much Summer goodness! In fact I copy and pasted it to Word and added some and took away some. LOVE THIS!!!

  9. That is a great list. I think my list includes things like find a house, buy furniture, unpack, etc. I do hope we can include some fun things as well.

  10. Wow, I'm impressed that you have a list! I have one thing currently on my summer list . . . prepare for my summer volunteer trip to Cambodia. There are probably 100 things to do on that list!

  11. Hi Phyllis! Wonderful! I am as well inspired to make my own list :) Goodluck!

  12. You are going to get a dog? This is by itself is a multi-day summer project! Love your list. And, yes, things change as our kids get older...

  13. Just checking in. I haven't seen a post from you for awhile. I miss you and hope things are gong great!!

  14. Setting a dandelion on fire is on our list, too - we're just waiting for the dandelion bouquet in our kitchen windowsill to go to seed, and we're good to go :)

  15. Love this list!!!! Saving some of these amazing ideas for when the grandbaby is here.

  16. What a great list, I just might have to steal a few of these ideas ;)

  17. Oh you are checking things off already. We better get moving!

  18. That is an awesome list! I think I'll have to borrow this idea to keep the "I'm bored" comments at bay.


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