The ultimate 2021 summer bucket list for your family

If you're looking for inspiration for family fun this summer, check some of these off your bucket list!

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There's no better time for family fun than summertime. Kids have more freedom because school is out, and the sunshine and warmer temperatures make us all want to find freedom whenever we can! And as any parent knows, time goes by in the blink of an eye—so let's make sure our summer is full of experiences and memories to last a lifetime.

If you're looking for ideas and inspiration for things to do with your family this summer, we've compiled the ultimate summer bucket list.

From normal, everyday fun to thinking outside the box—it's all here, ready for you to check items off during the best three months of the year: June, July, and August.


Spice up family movie night by setting up an outdoor projector. Grow a family garden full of delicious vegetables to eat and pretty flowers to smell. Go on family hikes, outdoor scavenger hunts, and learn how to make crowns out of the clovers in your front yard (if the rabbits don't get to them first, of course). Here's a summer bucket list full of your favorite hobbies and a few new things for everyone in your family to try.

Everyone in the family can pick something from the list they want to do, and you can all take turns doing that thing. However you decide to spend your summer time in the summertime, there are plenty of ways for everyone to have fun.

  • Have a picnic at your favorite park.
  • Have a family sleepover right in your own living room with pillows, sleeping bags, and snacks.
  • Camp our under the stars—at your favorite campground, or your own backyard.
  • Have an outdoor movie night! Use a projector and an old bedsheet. Add in camping chairs, blankets, some popcorn and candy, and you've got yourself a night at the movies without having to leave home.
  • Lie on your back and find shapes among the clouds.
  • Grow a family garden full of flowers, fruits, or veggies. Take photos to keep track of the progress all summer long!
  • Take the whole family fishing. Whoever catches the most has to bait all the hooks!
  • Go to a water park.
  • Go to an amusement park.
  • Get your kids their own library cards if they don't have one yet. Get new books every week!
  • Visit a farmer's market.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Go to a museum on a rainy day.
  • Start up a family bowling team just for fun!
  • Go mini-golfing.
  • Go swimming as much as you can.
  • Take a day trip. Bring what you need, but don't make any concrete plans. See where you end up.
  • Roast marshmallows and make s'mores.
  • Have a homemade pizza night.
  • Take some paints and a brush outside and everyone has to paint what they see.
  • Look up your favorite songs with lyrics on YouTube and have a family karaoke night!
  • Play flashlight tag.
  • Make a list of scavenger hunt items and have everyone check off each item as they find it!
  • Make blanket forts during thunderstorms.
  • Bake cookies for a neighbor or family friend.
  • Volunteer with a charitable organization that allows kids to attend.
  • Make homemade slime or silly putty.
  • Have an ice cream party with friends!
  • Take turns making everyone's favorite dinner.

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