Make a Memorable Summer Bucket List

What do you remember about the summer time growing up? Most of my favorite summer time memories are lazy days next to the pool and yummy food grilled up on the BBQ! That is what summer was when I was a kid. Nothing fancy but SO perfect!

It seems like it is becoming more and more common to feel the pressure to create the perfect summer vacation for our families. With social media constantly in hand it is hard to not wish YOU were the one with the exotic vaca’s to other countries.

Guess what! You don’t have to go on an African safari to have a memorable summer! As long as you are spending time with your family and friends and are having fun, there is no need to pressure yourself (or your budget) into a fancy vacation.

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Everything on this summer bucket list will only cost you less than $1 to do and they all will create fun memories for your entire family!

25 Ideas to make your Summer Bucket List Memorable

1. Water balloon fight
2. Go hiking
3. Nature scavenger hung
4. Homemade playdough
5. Water balloon (filled shaving cream) war
6. Make bird feeders
7. Go to the beach (or lake or river)
8. Multiple picnics
9. Camping
10. Make homemade ice cream
11. Go fishing
12. Star gazing
13. A day with grandma
14. Put on a puppet show
15. Backyard campout
16. Play in the sprinklers
17. Grow a garden
18. Sock bubbles
19. Treasure hunt
20. $1 movies
21. Service projects
22. Bonfires and s’mores
23. Make a movie
24. Fly a kite
25. Watch fireworks

For even more ideas check out this article for frugal outdoor fun!

What do you plan to have on your summer bucket list? Anything that costs less than a buck? I would love to hear! Leave your tips in the comments below. Let’s chat!


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  • Misty
    May 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Fun! Some of ours are camping, fishing, going to a water park, and cookouts with friends!

    • Brittany Cooper
      July 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Cookouts with friends! For sure a must! We love to go to the bay and have a bond fire. Great idea!

  • Rachael
    May 29, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Great list! We love creating a bucket list for our summer fun 🙂

    • Brittany Cooper
      July 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Rachael! Making a bucket list gives me the extra motivation to get out of the house and do something! Haha!

  • Jenny
    May 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Aww, I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura Longville
    May 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Great ideas! I am going to get started this week with a hike. It’s been very rainy in South Dakota and tomorrow the sun is suppose to shine!

    • Brittany Cooper
      July 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      How fun! How was your hike? I bet it was beautiful there! It is way too hot here in San Diego to go for a hike unless you start at 5am. I am not opposed to doing that but my 2 and 4 year old are…

  • Joann Woolley
    June 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Great ideas here! We are still working on our Summer Bucket List. I love your twist on it – it is afterall about making memories ; )

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