There are endless possibilities when it comes to fun summer activities. Rather than getting overwhelmed by trying to do them all, make a summer bucket list with your family to make it a summer to remember.
We gathered some ideas for beating the heat and staying on budget. See if you can fit all of them in before fall arrives!
Summer Bucket List: Backyard Blast
Your own backyard is the perfect setting for some amazing family traditions. It’s nearby, free of charge, and open 24/7.
- DIY Slip n’ Slide: Who needs a water park when you can set this bad boy up for your family and friends?
- DIY Sponge Bombs: All the fun of a water balloon fight without the tedious cleanup afterwards
- Camping – Backyard camping can include so many different activities to fit the needs and preferences of your family:
- Obstacle Course: Running through the sprinkler is a timeless tradition that’s tons of fun
Summer Bucket List: Indoor Hoopla
Sometimes, the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor adventure. Whether the rain won’t let up or the temperature just keeps climbing, indoor ideas are great to have on hand.
- Homemade Playdough: Practice shapes and colors with younger kids or let older children compete in a sculpting contest – either way it’s a great hands-on activity
- Yummy Snacks and Treats: Summer might mean you finally have time to try some of those cutesy Pinterest finds you’ve been pinning like crazy
- Game Night – Pick a new board/card game. Or if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you could make your own
Summer Bucket List: Special Outings
Whether big or small, adventures outside the home can be affordable and fun for everyone.
- Library/ Movie Rental: Pick out new books and/or movies for the family to enjoy
- Splash Pad/Community Pool: Often times, these summer hot spots are free of charge or very inexpensive for the whole family to cool off together
- Park/Picnic: You can have a picnic in your backyard, or even your living room, but going to a park just adds even more excitement
- State Park/Nature Hike: In our backyard, Wisconsin is home to over forty state parks that make for a beautiful family adventure. Find outdoor options in your area to give your kids a new perspective on the world and a break from their screens.