Summer bucket list – 50 (mostly) free kids activities

Keep the kiddos amused with 50 fun and (mostly) free Summer activities. Download your free Summer bucket list and bring on the fun all summer long!


Here in the south of England, the summer has finally arrived! There’s been a mini heat wave and the smell of suntan lotion and BBQ’s is lingering in the air. Children (and let’s face it all teachers) are counting down the days until the loooong summer break.

For parents of young children, it’s a  slightly different story! Now don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to spending lots of gloriously sunny, fun-filled days with my son. I really am. I can’t wait to make those magical memories, I promise.

BUT…. It’s just that, well, 6 weeks is a really long time to keep kids happy and entertained, isn’t it?

You know, without slightly losing your sanity or going bankrupt in the process. Not to mention all the things that still need to get done around the house!

Enter the summer bucket list.

AKA my summer time saviour – and yours too if you like? It’s a handy, free to download list of 50 fun things to do with the kids this summer. No more racking your brains for what to do each day, just print and stick it on your fridge. It’ll be there waiting for you any time you’re in need of a little inspiration.

Summer bucket list

The list is packed full of fab, free ideas that are perfect for exploring the great outdoors, lazy garden days and of course some for the inevitable rainy days indoors.

So here’s what we’ll be getting up to this Summer:

Summer bucket list

1# Fruit picking

2# Have a picnic

3# Pick wild flowers

4# Feed the ducks

5# Blow bubbles

6# Go to the beach

7# Go to a splash park

8# Make ice lollies

9# Plant some seeds

10# Toast marshmallows

11# Build an outdoor den

12# Make mud pies

13# Climb a tree

14# Go for a bike ride

15# Have a water fight

16# Go on a bug hunt

17# Have a BBQ

18# Swim in an outdoor pool

19# Make lemonade

20# Movie night

21# Puppet show

22# Make paper aeroplanes

23# Pond dipping

24# Make a craft from pinterest (or maybe try making napkin flowers or marble prints with shaving foam – so simple and fun)

25# Get books from the library

26# Play board games

27# Build a sandcastle

28# Visit a free museum

29# Visit a new park

30# Throw a frisbee

31# Make a movie

32# Play hide and seek

33# Learn a magic trick (fab ideas for young children from the ladies at WhatsUpMoms YouTube channel)

34# Have a dance party

35# Family sports day

36# Do a random act of kindness

37# Wash the car

38# Science experiment

39# Have a play date

40# Face painting

41# Go on a nature trail

42# Collect and decorate rocks

43# Go to a free concert

44# Make a picture with sidewalk chalk

45# Complete a puzzle

46# Have pyjama day

47# Bake cupcakes

48# Treasure hunt

49# Cinema trip (many cinemas have a junior movie morning at the weekend for a hugely discounted price)

50# Make a summer memory scrapbook

I hope you have a fantastic summer break and that these activity ideas will help to keep the little ones occupied, without resorting to Netflix (although that’s always a good back up plan).

Get Summer sorted! Click to download your free printable Summer bucket list.

Want more kids activity ideas? Check out my Christmas and Easter suggestions. 

What’s on your Summer bucket list this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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Free printable summer bucket list for kids! Don't panic about finding things to do with the children this summer . From outdoor activities, crafts and ideas for rainy days at home - this is the ultimate list of ways to keep boys and girls happy all summer long.




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11 Comment

  1. Reply
    Lauretta Wright
    June 27, 2017 at 10:26 am

    What a great list – well done on inspiring activities for the long summer weeks ahead!

    1. Reply
      June 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks, just needed a little something to keep the little munchkin occupied ??

  2. Reply
    Anne Marie
    June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Quite often we forget about the simplest things in life. I particularly like number 31 and 36, definitely trying both, or actually few more, thanks Caroline 🙂

    1. Reply
      June 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to 36 – I’m going to let J think of it himself so it should be interesting.

  3. Reply
    Susan @ Culinary Envy
    July 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Yeah! Excellent Go To List for the kiddies this summer. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to #10

    1. Reply
      July 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Oh yes, toasting marshmallows is the highlight for me too!

  4. Reply
    Reeni @ Simply Reeni
    July 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing! It is a great list that will be fun to check the items off as we go!

    1. Reply
      July 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      You’re welcome ? Hope you have lots of fun this summer!

  5. Reply
    Monica Jenner
    July 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    this list is awesome, but i think anyone can do this.

    1. Reply
      July 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Monica. I just wanted to share what we’re up to this Summer and hopefully give other parents some inspiration along the way.

      1. Reply
        Monica Jenner
        July 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

        Thanks, I appreciate you for this . Good Luck Caroline

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