Creating A Summer Bucket List with Your Kids


With the summer break just around the corner, it’s time to start planning all the different things that you can do. The activities can range from cleaning the room, art activities, day trips, and a short vacation, maybe even join a summer club. Do keep in mind that during the summer vacations children have a lot of free time on their hands and you are bound to hear them say “I’m bored” many times if they are not kept fruitfully occupied.

Start your planning by creating a Summer Bucket list for kids. A bucket list is a collection of a variety of activities and experiences you’d like to do over the course of the summer break. Get your family together and brainstorm, remember there are no bad ideas, who knows a seemingly ordinary idea might just inspire the next good one.

So get out your notepads and let’s get writing!!

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12 Fun Tips to Plan Epic Summer Activities for Kids

Before you begin, use these pro tips to help you plan your summer activities for kids!

  1. Begin making a Summer Bucket list of activities for kids at least a month before vacations begin.

  2. Prepare the bucket list as a family of different activities everyone would like to do, keep the list handy for more items to be added as and when required.

  3. Make sure to include chores and cleaning days as well.

  4. Did you create your bucket list for summer yet?

  5. Prepare a summer break daily schedule so that children are aware of the routine.

  6. Choose activities that can be done both outdoors and indoors.

  7. Make sure you have some quiet time activities that children can do by themselves, giving you a chance to rest or catch up on some other work.

  8. Make a to-do list for kids to follow and do by themselves. These could be a few simple activities and daily chores for them to do.

  9. Choose activities that excite your children, so that they can do these by themselves and choose new activities that excite you as well, when children see you engrossed in a new activity they just might be willing to try it out for themselves.

  10. Research some summer clubs for kids held nearby for the days or weeks when you don’t have leave or are unable to spend the entire day with them.
  11. Try to include some “family activity time” that involves the whole family.

  12. It’s better to over plan and have extra activities handy then to under plan and be at a loss.

  13. As adults, you have other responsibilities other than entertaining the kids. So, it’s okay to let your child watch TV, but let this be only for a fixed amount of time. If they are allowed to watch TV with a fixed schedule, then they will be more willing to turn off the TV without a fuss when their time is up.

These are twelve tips for planning a summer bucket list for kids. Organising a summer bucket list for kids excites their spirit and creates memorable experiences for them to cherish for the rest of their lives.

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45 Toddler Friendly Summer Bucket List Activities

We know how precious your time is! Our experts have saved your time and outlined 45 toddler friendly summer bucket list activities for you!

  1. Spend a day at the beach, building sandcastles and hunting for hidden treasures

  2. Spend a day at the pool and include some pool games like basketball or handball

  3. Go camping – even in your own backyard. Camping can be one of the interesting activities in the summer to-do list of activities for kids.

  4. Make Lemonade and other refreshing summer drinks.

  5. Ride bikes as a family. Riding a bike as a family can be one of the summer to-do list for kids to have unforgettable moments under the bright sun.

  6. Have a picnic in a park

  7. Visit a zoo/ petting zoo

  8. Visit an aquarium

  9. Have a picnic in a park. Organising a picnic in a park promises sunshine and laughter for kids. It is one of the must-do summer to-do lists for kids.

  10. Spend an evening blowing bubbles

  11. Play hopscotch or some childhood games with your kid

  12. Bake some cookies. Baking can be an excellent activity in the summer holiday bucket list for kids.

  13. Prepare and enjoy a chocolate/cheese fondue

  14. Go to the park in the evening and watch the sunset. Watching breathtaking sunsets with your children can be one of the cherished activities in summer holiday bucket lists for children.

  15. Watch a movie together as a family with darkened rooms, popcorn, sandwiches- the works.

  16. Set up an ice cream bar with different flavoured ice cream and add-ins like crumbled cookies, chocolate chips, marshmallows, sprinkles, wafer biscuits, butterscotch bits, cut up fruits, chocolate sauce and so on.

  17. Have a family game night and play games like UNO, Pictionary, 20 questions and more.

  18. Visit an adventure camp that has lots of activities for the full family.

  19. Visit your nearest agro tourism site and have a taste of the simpler life.

  20. Plant an herb garden in small containers. Did you include any eco-friendly activities as part of your bucket list for summer?

  21. Make a bird feeder and watch the birds flock to your home. Don’t forget to fill it regularly. You can even have a bowl of water kept nearby and watch the birds enjoy a cool splash.

  22. Plan a family slumber party where all of you get to sleep in the same room. You can even make some indoor tents.

  23. Make a time capsule for each kid to open on their graduation day, fill it with a drawing, a letter to their future self, a favourite toy, a list of hopes and dreams, what they think the future would look like, some favourite family moment photos and so on.

  24. Reorganise book shelves, wardrobes and toy boxes. Outgrown and unwanted items can be boxed and given away or donated to a charity nearby.

  25. Let the kids plan and take the lead in preparing dinner, you can help and guide them but let them feel that they are in charge.

  26. Teach your child to do some chores like making their beds, folding their clothes and putting them away.

  27. Visit a children’s museum.

  28. Take part in a workshop for kids.

  29. Enjoy a theatre experience or a music concert.

  30. Visit a local exhibition or a mela.

  31. Plan a day trip or a road trip viewing different sights in the city and popping into various eateries to try out different things.

  32. Visit places of historic/religious importance.

  33. Spend time finishing holiday homework. Tackle this earlier on in the holidays to get it out of the way.

  34. Join a local library and encourage them to read books and enjoy some quiet time by themselves.

  35. Try out some fun science experiments together.

  36. Have a multi-layered food day for example a vegetable sandwich- it has many layers, have each family member be a part of the assembly line and add an ingredient into the sandwich, the first person can spread butter and chutney on the bread, the next person can add cut vegetables, next person can add a cheese slice and close the sandwich and last person can add some fries to the plate. So also the same can be done when making cheesy nachos, or assembling a trifle dessert before refrigerating it.

  37. Do a family activity over the course of a few days like solving a large multi piece puzzle, or creating a long mural, draw the image on multiple sheets of large paper, each person can be in charge of a particular aspect of the mural. This activity can be done over the course of a few days.

  38. Make homemade ice-creams, froyo, juice pops and lassi pops

  39. Have a Zoom call or Skype call with grandparents, cousins and other relatives

  40. Make nature art, go on a scavenger hunt and collect different types of dried leaves, flowers, seeds and twigs, and create beautiful pictures with them, you can even make them into cards.

  41. Try different forms of painting and printing like marble painting, bubble painting, leaf printing, vegetable scrap printing, print using blocks, sponge, and crumpled paper to get different effects. You can use these papers as wrapping papers later on.

  42. Build an obstacle course for your kids to enjoy and hone their skills

  43. Have a washing day with soapy water, sponges and tooth brushes. Kids will have fun washing their plastic toys, shoes, you can even get them to help you wash the car.

  44. Use Pista shells, buttons coloured cord or thin rope to recycle some waste materials like plastic cups, bottles, toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, into something colourful and new

  45. Spending an evening looking through old photos together. Kids love looking at photos of themselves and people they know, as well as listening to stories about the photo. You can even print out newer photos and get your kids to help you update the family photo album.


Creating a summer bucket list with your kids can be a joyful experience. You can map out an entire holiday to create memorable experiences. In this article, we have provided 12 fun tips to plan epic summer activities for kids and 45 toddler-friendly summer bucket list activities. We hope you try your hand at a few of these to create a fun experience for your kid. Do you remember any fun activity that we have missed which you know is a must-know? Please share your thoughts.

Apart from these activities there are also many DIY kits that can be purchased from the shop or online. These cover a wide array of activities and are easy to do with your kids or for them to do by themselves. However, if all else fails for whatever reason there’s always EuroKids to the rescue.

EuroKids, the leading brand in early childhood education, is conducting a summer club for kids of various ages. Our summer activities for kids will keep them fruitfully engaged and entertained for hours. The children will be divided into two groups based on their age and each group has two themes.


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