[pullquote_left] by Michelle [/pullquote_left]Since my son started kindergarten last fall, this coming season marks our first “official” summer vacation which seems slightly intimidating, despite the fact that my kids have zero expectations for what we’ll be doing.

We don’t have any big vacation plans but I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to do with the kids over the summer and when Melody was looking for someone to create a summer activity list, I jumped at the chance to brainstorm some ideas and create a summer bucket list.

[note]The list below is available here to download so you can print it and cut out the items, throw them in a container and pick one out when you are looking for something to do (some items take more planning/time so you might want to separate them into two groups – one for weekends or day trips and one for any time or day of the week).  [/note]

[line]55 Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer

  1. Feed ducks.  Just not at John Collins Park.
  2. Catch a Whitecaps game
  3. Meet up with friends at Frog Hollow Park

  4. Beach day at Tunnel Park near Holland
  5. Play with bubbles in the backyard
  6. Go on a Progressive Playground Scavenger Hunt
  7. Go on a trail walk at Fallasburg Park
  8. Feed the goats at Schwallier’s Country Basket
  9. Ride the Grand Haven Trolley.
  10. Take the kids to the drive thru at Sonic for happy hour (1/2 off slushies and sodas, 2-4 p.m. daily)
  11. Go on a bike ride around Reed’s Lake and end up at Jersey Junction for ice cream.
  12. Surprise a friend by decorating their driveway with chalk while they aren’t home
  13. Make (and eat) homemade popsicles
  14. Visit the splash pad at Millennium Park
  15. Fly a kite
  16. Take a road trip to MSU and visit the Children’s Garden and get ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store
  17. Walk out on the pier at Grand Haven, wave at the boats going by
  18. Feed the giraffes at Binder Park Zoo.
  19. Set up and run through the sprinkler
  20. Take a family bike ride at a new location
  21. Climb the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  22. Have a water balloon fight with another family
  23. Visit Ada Farmer’s Market to join in the kids activities and make dinner with fresh market produce
  24. Run through the fountain at Tassell Park in Cascade

  25. Make your own pinwheels
  26. Visit to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo
  27. Have a nighttime photo shoot with sparklers
  28. Go fishing at the Kroc Center’s catch and release pond (no membership or entry fee required)
  29. Have a shadow dance party in your driveway (wait until after dark, shine your headlights on the garage door, turn up your family’s favorite tunes and make your shadows dance on the garage door)
  30. Go berry picking at a local farm

  31. Visit Koetsier’s on Saturday (late May/early June) and do a free Kidz Club class
  32. Cut watermelons in half and let the kids go at them with spoons
  33. Find a local food truck and have lunch there (What the Truck is a fave and regular at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market)
  34. Play at the Imagination Station Playground in Grand Haven.
  35. Go geocaching
  36. Pick your favorite park and perform a mini-service project by cleaning up any trash you see on the ground
  37. Go to John Ball Zoo
  38. Find a park you haven’t been to and visit it
  39. Spend the afternoon at Frederik Meijer Gardens exploring the children’s garden
  40. Do a kids road race or bike race from our Fun Runs and Races Guide
  41. Dinner at Yesterdog in Easttown
  42. Take a picnic to the Gerald R. Ford Airport viewing area
  43. Visit a West Michigan Fair or Festival
  44. Surprise friends by bringing them ice cream snacks – a do-it-yourself ice cream truck
  45. Get ice cream at a new-to-you location

  46. Plant flowers in outdoor containers and deliver them to friends
  47. Rent a paddle boat or canoe at Millennium Park
  48. Catch fireflies in a jar.
  49. Go out for donuts for breakfast
  50. Go horseback riding
  51. Make build-your-own grilled pizzas
  52. Paint the house/driveway with water
  53. Wash the family vehicles and don’t worry if everyone ends up soaked (adults included)
  54. Make your own ice cream in a baggie
  55. Camp out in the backyard (or in your living room)


What do you have on your summer bucket list?  Share with us in the comments or on Facebook!

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Hooray for summer!