50 Fun Screen-Free Summer Activities For Kids
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Your kids have worked super hard all school year, and now it’s time for them to unwind and have some well deserved fun!
For many kids, summer break means spending hours upon hours on an iPad or gaming system, and while a healthy amount of screen time is perfectly ok (hey, I binged on Super Nintendo during summers in the early 90s), it’s equally important to encourage healthy outdoor play, arts and crafts, board games, reading and other activities that help with cognitive development.
With that said, below are 50 fun summer bucket list ideas for kids that encourage connecting with the outdoors, creativity, and family bonding.
I’ve even included a printable worksheet at the very bottom of this article in which your kids can list their top 10 favorite bucket list activities to try each week!
Download And Print the list below!
Fun And Simple Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids
- Have a movie night in your backyard with a portable movie projector
- Build a bird house or bird feeder
- Spend the day at a splash pad
- Make your own fairy garden
- Start a YouTube channel
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
- Donate old clothing and toys to a someone in need
- Redecorate your room
- Fly a kite
- Decorate a t-shirt with a tie dye kit
- Visit your local zoo and pretend you’re on a safari
- Go on a picnic
- Do some star gazing in your backyard (use a telescope for extra fun)
- Go fishing with friends or family
- Plan a trip to the aquarium
- Go geo-caching
- Go on a date with mom
- Build a fort
- Go see a movie in the movie theater
- Spend the day at the beach and collect seashells
- Learn how to make slime
- Ride a bike
- Write a story
- Spend a day at the community swimming pool (or your own)
- Visit a farm and pick some fruit or vegetables
- Learn to play an instrument
- Go camping with friends or family
- Read a chapter book
- Camp in the backyard
- Have a family game night
- Start a rock collection
- Visit a National Park
- Learn to skateboard
- Watch fireworks
- Start a journal or diary
- Go bowling with your friends or family
- Have a sidewalk chalk art show
- Go on a nature walk
- Plant a vegetable garden
- Make a lemonade stand
- Help wash the car
- Learn Origami
- Play Mini Golf
- Build a backyard obstacle course
- Camp in the living room
- Go rollerblading
- Create your own comic book
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Start a book club
Your child can also create their own bucket list by choosing their top 10 favorite activities from our list above! Feel free to download and print the bucket list worksheet below!