5 Reasons You Need a Summer Bucket List

Do you have a Summer Bucket List? You absolutely should, and here are 5 reasons why:

1. It Gets Everyone Excited For the Summer

For me, summer tends to mean one thing: “what am I going to do with the kids?”. Of course that’s important, but just waking up in the morning and deciding haphazardly on an activity can make the season chaotic. For the kids, the excitement they built up all year about summer break can wane quickly if there isn’t anything to look forward to. I like to brainstorm a list with my kids. that way, when we are unsure what we want to do, we look at the list to see if there is something we can mark off!

2. It’s a Creative Exercise

Creativity is life. Crafting a Summer Bucket List is a great way to get the creative juices flowing! Think outside the box. What would you do if you could do anything at all? Jot it all down. Not everything has to be on the final list, but I find that from each idea, even if it’s crazy (Buy a Giraffe) can lead to things that are related and doable (Go to the Zoo). Aim for the moon, and you will land among the stars.

3. It’s a Fun Family Activity

As I said, this is something I like to do with my kids.  This can be anything from a quick “jot down some ideas” session to a full afternoon of browsing Pinterest, perusing magazines, and talking about our interests, hopes and dreams. I love hearing how my kids ideas of fun change from one summer to the next. It helps me better understand what they  currently value, and what they are interested in. More often than not, there are a few surprises in there.

4. It’s a Great Planning Tool

When you know what is on your Summer Bucket List, you can plan out the season more effectively. I try to have the majority of  Our list items be local(ish) things we can do so that they can be done on a day off, or a day I may be able to leave the office early. If there are things we want to do that are outside our area, I know I need to not only budget for the financial cost that may  be involved, but also for the time that will be involved.

5. It’s Satisfying

I love a good list!! Even more than that, I love checking things off lists. We post our Summer Bucket List in the kitchen, and when we do something on it, we mark it off as soon as we finish. It’s great to look at that list on the first day of school and see all the things that we enjoyed together. Bonus: when the kids are asked “What did you do over the summer?” the answer they give isn’t the dreaded “Nothing”. Mom Vindication!


Here’s a peek at a few of the things on our Summer Bucket List:

  • Prepare a picnic together
  • See a Baseball Game
  • Go on a photo walk
  • Dance in the rain
  • Water balloon fight
  • …and more!!


So, What is on your Summer Bucket List? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always looking for inspiration!

30 thoughts on “5 Reasons You Need a Summer Bucket List

  1. You are so right. I love a good list too. A bucket list will absolutely help me keep track of my accomplishments. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Lists are the best! I keep a notebook of lists I’ve made, it’s an easy way to keep track of my little victories. Too often we forget about them! Thanks for reading! ?

  2. This is a good idea! We have a schedule with things on it to do, like clean, play outside, etc,; but we didn’t talk about a list of things we would like to do. We will have to talk about that next week. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I try to make a bucket list for every season (well, not spring because we seem to jump from winter straight into summer now!). It’s definitely a great planning tool and keeps me organized. I try to pack as much fun into each season as I can!

    1. Sounds like you have the right idea!! I need to start doing them for the other seasons as well. Thanks for reading!!

    1. Awww…I love that! Have fun! It’s always so intersection to hear what they are thinking would be fun. Thanks so much for checking the post out!!

  4. Yes ! Love this ! I need to create a summer bucket list of things that I have yet to do. I want to experience something new. Great advice !

  5. Yes! This is so inspiring! On my bucket list is to visit at least one national park, take my little one to the beach and grill more often!

    1. Those are great ideas! I wish we had a beach nearby, I just love being at the ocean! I love the idea a visiting a National Park, that might just get added to ours! Thanks!

  6. Travel travel travel! That’s really what’s in my bucket list.
    I absolutely love wishlists or anything like it! I love how it gets me hopeful and excited!

  7. Wow. This is such a good idea to cover everywhere you wanna go. I am sure once you put it on paper you will absolutely make it happen. I don’t have kids but I should try these with my nieces. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It really is amazing how things start happening once you put pen to paper!. Thanks so much for reading! Have fun with your nieces.

  8. I was literally just thinking about creating a summer bucket list the other day. I guess this is confirmation that I need to put it together!

  9. I’ve never done a bucket list. I just do what I want without a list (HA!). But in all seriousness, I was thinking of creating one. Seems fun!

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