Create the Perfect Summer Bucket List

Summer is just around the corner! We can almost taste the lemonade and smell the SPF 50. Whether you’re a parent who needs to entertain the kids all summer, a recent graduate who has extra down time, someone who just moved to the area, or you’ve been in town for years… make the most out of the warm months with a summer bucket list!

What, exactly, is a bucket list?

A bucket list, in the traditional sense, is a list of activities you would like to accomplish or experience in your lifetime. Quite often, however, people use it for shorter periods of time, like for a season or a year. Someone’s lifelong bucket list may include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, skydiving, starting a business, learning another language, etc. Seasonal bucket lists, on the other hand, are designed to accomplish short-term goals. Most of us don’t take time out of our hectic schedules to plan fun. But that’s exactly what a summer bucket list is for! Maybe you’ve been meaning to visit a local museum or check out a farmers market, but you haven’t gotten around to it. Now’s your chance.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Baseball game: There’s nothing better than eating a soft pretzel under the stadium lights on a warm night in your hometown stadium!
  • Concerts: Whether it’s at a large venue, open-air festival, or local brewery/winery, music is best when it’s enjoyed live.
  • DIY bird feeder: This is a great activity for adults OR children! Check out this how-to guide.
  • Farmers market: Do a Google search for all the farmers markets in your area. You’ll probably be surprised to find quite a few. Going to a farmers market is an excellent way to support small businesses and local farmers and well as meet new people in the community! Not to mention you’ll leave with scrumptious fruits, veggies, and herbs.
  • Library: When was the last time you went to the library? Most branches offer so many services besides checking out books. Many offer free classes, readings, and even activities for the kids! Visit your local branch’s website for more information and events.
  • Picnic: What a glorious way to spend a summer day! Make some finger foods, grab a blanket, and head out to your favorite park or lake for a family outing, date, or some solo time!
  • Volunteer: Giving back to the community is such a great way to spend free time. If you’re not sure where you’d like to volunteer, this website matches you with opportunities in your area!


In Sight, In Mind

Keep your list wherever you will see it often. You could put it on the refrigerator or a chalkboard. Perhaps tape it to the bathroom mirror or bedroom wall? If digital is your preference, try an app like Buckist. However you like to keep track of it, make sure you cross things off once you’ve completed them!

Picture or It Didn’t Happen!

Create a hashtag like #FunInTheSun2019. That way, when you post your photos on Instagram or Facebook, you have them all in one place at the end of the summer, which gives easy access to your collection of memories. Then, have your favorites printed on PhotoSquares and showcase them for all to see!