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Summer Family Bucket List

These summer family bucket list ideas will help you build beautiful memories without breaking your budget. Plan ahead to keep the summer-fun light and easy.

Summer Family Bucket List

Make the most of your summer with a summer family bucket list. These ideas are budget-friendly and are sure to keep the whole family entertained as you build happy memories. Make the most of the long days and warm evenings by having a few activities planned and on hand.

Backyard camping experience

Having family fun can be super cheap! You don't need a bunch of fancy equipment to give the kids a taste of camping. Find a safe spot for a small bonfire in your backyard, then grab some sticks and marshmallows. If you're feeling adventurous, have some sausages on hand and let the kids grill them on the fire themselves. Finish the evening off with family stargazing. It might not be as impressive as what you'll see away from the city lights, but kids will love being able to spot a few stars and share their new discoveries with you.

Take a nature walk

This is a great activity to put on the family bucket list for summer. It's easy to adjust to wherever you happen to find yourself. You could walk in the woods, on the beach, through a desert, or even just in your local park. Take it slow and let the kids stop and notice things as you go. You could make it more structured by giving them a list of plants, insects, birds, and wildlife they might spot throughout the walk. Pack a few favorite snacks to make it feel like a really special outing. Not sure where to hike? Try a hiking app to find the best spots in your area!

Water fun at home

Make the most of summer and keep cool with some water games at home. Set up a sprayer or slip and slide if you have space or, otherwise, try some fun activities like filling water balloons or throwing wet sponges at each other. Cups and a small jug of water (or a watering can) provide endless hours of fun for toddlers and younger children.

Rainy day fun

Summer isn't always sunshine and perfect weather. Take 'saving for a rainy day' to a whole new level by having a few tricks up your sleeve for when poor weather strikes. If you plan ahead, you'll be less tempted to splurge on an expensive indoor outing. Try playing a board game, blowing bubbles, building a blanket fort, reading a book together, baking a treat you all love, or working on an art project. If all else fails, grab some popcorn and watch a movie together. Summers are about building memories and the best part is being together!

How else can I save this summer?

Save has great tips to help you save and make the most of your summer family time. With advice about everything from family board game evenings, to visiting national parks and how to save on your heating bill. Save makes sticking to your budget and living within your means light and easy, as it should be.