80 Things to do: Summer Bucket List

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80 things to do this summer!

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  1. Go Clam Digging (Click here for clamming info in Cape May County)
  2. Eat soft serve ice cream with rainbow jimmies
  3. Win a prize playing a carnival game
  4. Eat Crab or Lobster with your bare hands
  5. Go to a Drive-in Movie
  6. Make your own slime
  7. Get caught in a summer rain storm
  8. Rent a bike
  9. Go Fishing
  10. Visit a local light house and climb to the top
  11. Search for Cape May diamonds
  12. Take surfing lessons
  13. Take a yoga class, or better yet take a yoga class on the water
  14. Make a fairy garden in a container
  15. Bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches.
  16. Have a luau in the backyard.
  17. Visit the beach and collect shells.
  18. Visit a farmer’s market. (Here’s a list for Cape May County)
  19. Stage a scavenger hunt (Click For Printable Scavenger Hunts)
  20. Pick berries. (Here’s a list of farms in Cape May County)
  21. Have a picnic at a state park.
  22. Have Ice Cream for dinner (Make your own home made)
  23. Go canoeing at a local lake.
  24. Build a sandcastle.
  25. Have a backyard campfire…No fire pit? No problem, just use your grill.
  26. Make homemade pizza.
  27. Go for a walk and then make a collage from nature objects you find along the way.
  28. Head to a creek and look at the ducks.
  29. Set up a lemonade stand.
  30. Have a water balloon fight.
  31. Practice your origami skills or paper craft skills and make objects to hang from the ceiling.
  32. Go biking on a trail
  33. Go on  a picnic at a local park
  34. Print out a list of children’s books that have won Caldecott Medals. Visit the local library throughout the summer and try to read as many as you can.
  35. Plant a garden of herbs and veggies.
  36. Make a sidewalk chalk mural.
  37. Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard, tape poster board pieces together.
  38. Plant a butterfly garden with flowers.
  39. Pretend to be pirates for a day — dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.
  40. Make totem poles out of paper towel rolls and decorate them.
  41. Visit a museum you’ve never been to.
  42. String beads into jewelry.
  43. Make a bird house out of Popsicle sticks.
  44. Learn about stargazing and identify as many constellations as possible — see if there are any local astronomy groups for kids.
  45. Play mini-golf
  46. Set up a net and play badminton and volleyball. Or try one of these 11 Backyard Games for Kids.
  47. Visit an amusement park or water park.
  48. Go zip-lining.
  49. Visit a fire station.
  50. Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks.
  51. Go roller skating.
  52. Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals.
  53. Run through the sprinklers.
  54. Blend your own smoothie.
  55. Batter up at a batting cage.
  56. Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones and then decorate them.
  57. Assemble a family cookbook with all your favorite recipes.
  58. Go horseback riding.
  59. Make Popsicle in Dixie cups using fruit juices.
  60. See a Parade
  61. Go to a flea market.
  62. Volunteer at an animal adoption organization.
  63. Visit a retirement home and read stories to residents.
  64. Attend an outdoor festival or concert.
  65. Pick a nearby town to visit for the day.
  66. Visit a cave.
  67. Get a map of your area, mark off all the local parks — then visit them, take pictures and vote for your favorite.
  68. Take in a fireworks exhibit. (Find the fireworks listing in Free Family Fun Spots of the Week)
  69. Paint canvas sneakers with fabric paint pens or acrylic paint.
  70. Make bird feeders by covering pine cones with peanut butter and rolling in birdseed.
  71. Paint with ice by freezing ice cube trays with washable tempera paint.
  72. Create unusual s’mores by experimenting with ingredients like cookies, bananas, flavored marshmallows and white chocolate.
  73. Go camping in the backyard or at a campsite. Follow these tips for camping with kids.
  74. Take a free kid’s workshop at stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. (We list them weekly just check the Free Family Fun Spots of the week listings)
  75. Have a Family Game Night
  76. Catch Fire Flies
  77. Go Geocaching
  78. Make tie dye shirts
  79.  Take a ride on a sight-seeing boat to see dolphins and whales
  80. Explore tide pools or wet lands and see what kinds of animals live there.     (Here’s some info to help)


Printable PDF version to keep track as you complete each adventure.

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