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Last Minute Summer Bucket List Activities For Kids

Last Minute Summer Bucket List Activities For Kids

Who still has a few weeks left of summer vacation? I just got the notification from my son’s school (he’s in 4K) that he doesn’t start till September!! I thought it was like next week! Oops…

I asked in my Instagram stories @valuemindedmama if y’all wanted me to share some last minute Summer Bucket List activities for kids and the answer was 100% yes! So here ya go!

1. Have a spontaneous dance party 

2. Picnic at the park 

I love making charcuterie boards for our summer lunches. It’s like a picnic every day!

I love making charcuterie boards for our summer lunches. It’s like a picnic every day!

3. Go to the beach (or lake)

If you’re looking for a good family-friendly beach in the south, Garden City, SC was a blast!!

If you’re looking for a good family-friendly beach in the south, Garden City, SC was a blast!!

4. Have a water balloon fight (or if you have little kids - a water gun fight)

Having a water gun fight with the grandparents is a fun summer activity to do! We love visiting Lake Murray.

Having a water gun fight with the grandparents is a fun summer activity to do! We love visiting Lake Murray.

5. Make Popsicles 

6. Build a Sandcastle (kinetic sand)

7. Make fruit kebabs 

8. Fly a kite 

9. Make a summer craft 

Made some diy art books with the kids. They can add their own stickers, paint in it, draw and add educational things!

Made some diy art books with the kids. They can add their own stickers, paint in it, draw and add educational things!

10. Read a book (that’s not on your summer reading list) 

Anyone else’s kids love to read?! Mine are always asking me to read them a story (and I love it!).

Anyone else’s kids love to read?! Mine are always asking me to read them a story (and I love it!).

11. Play a new sport 

12. Taste a new summer fruit or vegetable 

Silas finally tried some fresh figs from our fit bush! He wouldn’t last year but saw how much daddy loves them and had to give them a go ;)

Silas finally tried some fresh figs from our fit bush! He wouldn’t last year but saw how much daddy loves them and had to give them a go ;)

13. Go on a bike ride (or learn to ride a bike) 

Our son has been riding a balance bike since he was two. He loves it! Time for him to try a “big boy” bike

Our son has been riding a balance bike since he was two. He loves it! Time for him to try a “big boy” bike

14. Go camping in your backyard 

15. Make leis and have a luau 

16. Visit a museum, park, water park or amusement park you’ve never been to 

Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens is one if the best zoos in America! It has this cool interactive children’s play zone with Waterfall Junction and so much more!!

Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens is one if the best zoos in America! It has this cool interactive children’s play zone with Waterfall Junction and so much more!!

17. Help prepare a homemade dinner 

18. Play monkey in the middle 

19. Go on a scavenger hunt 

20. Learn about some new herbs and spices (maybe even taste a few) 

21. Watch the sun set 

My husband and I escaped to Florida for a week without the kiddos and this was the view from our resort balcony.

My husband and I escaped to Florida for a week without the kiddos and this was the view from our resort balcony.

22. Stargaze

23. Jump rope 

24. Color a masterpiece on the sidewalk 

25. Play flashlight tag 

26. Recycle plastic/cardboard/aluminum foil and make something creative

Meeting friends at the SC State Museum was a fun way to spend the summer and celebrate Space Week!

Meeting friends at the SC State Museum was a fun way to spend the summer and celebrate Space Week!


We’ve already done quite a few of these throughout the summer (and in our general day to day life, to be honest). But I still think there are some good summer bucket list ideas here and a good way to switch things up if you need some inspiration! 

What stands out most to you on this list? Tell me in the comments and gave a great rest of the summer!! <3 Amanda

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