171 (screen-free) Ideas for Summer Fun

Summer is coming and this is the time of year that our family starts putting together our summer wishlist/bucket list. Here are 171 ideas that we’ve come up with that might help your family jump-start your own summer bucket list!

171 (screen-free) Ideas for Summer Fun

  • Read a book
  • Put on a play
  • See a play
  • Build with LEGO
  • Build a card house
  • Make a Rube Goldberg machine
  • go to a playground
  • do a science experiment
  • go to a zoo
  • make a lapbook
  • make homemade lemonade
  • sell lemonade
  • go geocaching
  • eat ice cream
  • make ice cream
  • blow bubbles
  • colour a picture
  • watch fireworks
  • go to a splash pad
  • go swimming
  • jump through a sprinkler
  • visit a farmer’s market
  • pick your own strawberries
  • play a game of soccer
  • play a game of baseball
  • jump on a trampoline
  • bake muffins
  • bake a giant cookie
  • plant a garden
  • hit golf balls
  • mini-putt
  • play a card game
  • play a board game
  • play charades
  • go fishing
  • catch butterflies with a net
  • stargaze
  • camp out
  • roast marshmallows
  • sing a song
  • tour a farm
  • make something out of recycling
  • make Popsicles
  • send someone a homemade card
  • have a picnic
  • make a smoothie
  • go to the beach
  • build a sandcastle
  • make a road for toy cars
  • sew something
  • bob for apples
  • go to a community event
  • do a read-a-thon
  • have a scavenger hunt
  • make bracelets
  • cook together
  • have a water balloon fight
  • have an unbirthday party
  • try a new ethnic food
  • paint a picture
  • visit an art gallery
  • visit a museum
  • fly a kite
  • make a stop motion video
  • make something out of duct tape
  • do an obstacle course
  • wash the car
  • play tag
  • climb a tree
  • play a musical instrument
  • whittle
  • have a garage sale
  • window shop at a local store
  • read comic books
  • make superhero capes & help people
  • bug hunt
  • birdwatch
  • do leaf rubbings
  • build a fort
  • roll down a hill
  • go orienteering
  • make and use a sling
  • run around a track
  • bake some bread
  • take apart an old small appliance
  • try woodworking
  • design a new book cover for your fave book
  • learn how to tie knots
  • design a musical instrument
  • learn a magic trick
  • throw a circus
  • learn first aid
  • look for shapes in the clouds
  • make something out of origami
  • take self-portraits
  • make a clay bowl
  • tell funny jokes
  • make sock puppets
  • make a model car
  • drive a remote controlled device
  • make a rocket
  • go for a boat ride
  • make a greenhouse garden
  • Ride on a go kart
  • go down a waterslide
  • track animals in the woods
  • finger knit
  • write a story
  • discover your town’s history
  • talk to a family elder about childhood memories
  • create a time capsule
  • play frisbee
  • go bowling
  • watch a little league game
  • stay up all night
  • play hopscotch
  • draw with sidewalk chalk
  • make playdough
  • make glowstick lanterns
  • do tye-dye
  • backwards day
  • get your face painted
  • play hide and seek
  • have a fondue night
  • make paper airplanes
  • make a pet rock
  • drink root beer floats
  • go rollerskating
  • do a puzzle
  • play in the mud
  • jump in puddles
  • go on a spontaneous road trip
  • go for a bike ride
  • feed some birds
  • go to a fair
  • have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  • make cardboard weapons/shields and have a battle
  • go to a concert in a park
  • do some Random Acts of Kindness
  • collect food for the food bank
  • go to the library
  • make a pizza box solar oven
  • watch a sunset
  • draw on the windows w/ window markers
  • make paper dolls
  • do a paper-mache project
  • make garden stepping stones
  • make a marble run
  • make a vinegar & baking soda volcano
  • have a pillow fight
  • have a PJ day
  • have a dance party
  • go to yard sales
  • make a marshmallow & toothpick sculpture
  • put on a puppet show
  • play capture the flag
  • have a whipped cream fight
  • use a photo booth
  • skip rocks
  • go for a horse ride
  • ride on a train
  • Send out and follow the adventures of a Flat Stanley
  • make something from a big box
  • have a banana split
  • have a marshmallow gun fight
  • bean bag toss
  • have a sock ball fight
  • pop popcorn on the stove
  • pick wildflowers
  • visit a historical re-enactment event
  • hold a backyard summer Olympics

1 Comment

  • by Nelleke from P.E.I. Posted May 16, 2014 9:44 am

    You have inspired me! Time to make our list of summer goals!

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