This weeks Homemade Monday edition focuses on summer planning. I keep reading memes all over social media that say we only have 18 summers with our kids before they leave the nest. Knowing this motivates me to make sure summer time is fun and memorable.  If you are looking for opportunities to bond, keep busy or even prevent your kids from say “I’m bored” then this weeks activity is the perfect summer activity for you.  Here is a summer bucket list activity for kids that includes print off coloring page, project and even ideas for summer fun!


A summer bucket list is a list full of experiences you wish to accomplish over summer.  I love summer bucket lists because they empower children to make goals and set a plan in a fun way. They are also great for the summer because they can help you understand what family members have in mind for summer fun and definitely help in keeping boredom at bay.


Print off  and color this fun bucket list to get your little ones excited about summer!

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Create summer goals and have fun checking them off!

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This activity is super easy and doesn’t require a lot of supplies. All you will need is colored sticks, marker and container for safe keeping. The first thing I did is make a list of fun things to do and then color code them.  I have assigned each type of activity a different color:

YELLOW=  Outdoor Activities (things to do outside in the sun)
PURPLE= Summer Treats (fun things to eat)
GREEN=  Educational/Science Projects
ORANGE= Art, Activity or Craft
BLUE=  Around Town (hometown activities)
Red= Field Trip (Museum, Zoo, Etc)



  • Make giant bubbles
  • Catch insects (fireflies or butterfly)
  • Play in the sandbox
  • Have a teddy bear picnic
  • Water Balloon Fight
  • Chalk art
  • Hopscotch
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Gardening
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Ride bikes
  • Car Wash or Bike Wash
  • Play hide and seek
  • Have a race
  • Water table fun


  • Smoothies
  • Smores
  • Cupcakes
  • Make and decorate cookies
  • Make chocolate dipped bananas
  • Homemade popsicles
  • Picnic at the park
  • Homemade lemonade
  • Brew Sun Tea
  • Trip to ice cream shop
  • Get ice cream from the ice cream man
  • Homemade Ice cream
  • Fruit Kabobs
  • Jello Jigglers


  • Watermelon Volcano
  • Ice Block Melting Science
  • Mentos Eruption Experiment
  • Fizzy Stars
  • Crystal Shells
  • Sand Slime
  • Alka Seltzer Rocket
  • Bird Feeders
  • Lego Letters
  • Catapults
  • Make bath bombs
  • Make bath paints
  • Make pinwheels
  • Tie dye
  • Make slime
  • Color
  • Paint Pictures
  • Homemade playdough


  • James E Richmond Science Center
  • Calvert Marine Museum
  • Annmarie Gardens
  • Edward T Hall Aquatic Center
  • La Plata Town Hall Concerts
  • La Plata Town Hall Kids Shows
  • Free Movies at Escape Theater
  • Bowling
  • Indoor playgrounds (Pump It Up & Family Place to Play)
  • Scary Strokes Indoor Mini Golf
  • Clear Water Nature Center
  • Visit a park
  • Library Summer Programs
  • Blue Crabs Stadium

RED (Field Trips)

  • Zoo
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • B & O Railroad Museum
  • Kennedy Center
  • Kings Dominion
  • Busch Gardens
  • Six Flags
  • Aquarium
  • Beach
  • Vacation/Getaway
  • Strasburg Railroad
  • Williamsburg

There are TONS more ideas of things to do in Southern Maryland and beyond. I want to also say that there is NO pressure to accomplish everything on the list. I hope this list inspires you to make some fun memories with your families this summer. There are tons of resources on the page to help you with planning: summer entertainment guide, calendar and indoor places to play.