Summer Checklist 2016

One of my favorite family traditions involves our annual summer checklist. The boys and I work together each year to come up with a list of 50 simple summer activities, I create a checklist, and we spend the next couple of months working our way through the list. It keeps us focussed and entertained, and it is a lot of fun! Today, I am sharing this year's summer checklist (which you can print off for FREE), and some helpful links to more information about the items on the list. Fun, right?

To print off a copy of our summer checklist: right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 8X10 photo. (I sent mine to my local copy store and had it printed for $0.39.)

And... in case you need more info about the items on list, I have included some helpful info below.

1) Celebrate Canada Day or the 4th of July
2) Watch fireworks or attend a parade
3) Have a teddy bear picnic
4) Go to a splash pad or swim in a pool
5) Host a "half sleepover"
6) Go to a farmer's market
7) Visit the library and read a book outside
8) Have a water fight
9) Go fishing or hiking
10) Have a family movie night outside
11) Eat donuts from a string (with no hands)

12) Pick out a toy or treat at the dollar store
13) Plant something and watch it grow
14) Visit a wildlife park, farm or zoo
15) Build a fort
16) Get ice cream in PJs (drive throughs are OK) 
17) Play baseball, soccer, golf or street hockey
18) Make ice cream or go to an ice cream stand
19) Go for a bike ride
20) Decorate a cake or bake cookies
21) Spend time at a cottage, beach or park
22) Do a science experiment

23) Play a board game
24) Go geo-caching
25) Have a "kids pick the meals" day
26) Play mini golf
27) See a play or visit a museum
28) Have a lemonade stand
29) Try a new food
30) Have a theme day (e.g. a pirate day or superhero day)

31) Camp in the backyard or living room
32) Have a PJ day
33) Build a large puzzle
34) Make a summer reading list or keep a summer journal
35) Fly a kite
36) Have a dance party in the living room
37) Go on a scavenger hunt
38) Build an obstacle course
39) Play with water balloons
40) Do a good deed or raise money for charity
41) Visit a new city or town
42) Play "tag"
43) Roast marshmallows or make a different campfire treat

44) Write and mail a letter or postcard
45) Run in a race
46) Make a craft
47) __________________________
48) __________________________
49) __________________________

And... in case you just want to create your own list, I have included the template I designed below. To use my template: right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 8X10 photo.

My boys are excited by all the things on our list, but they are particularly excited about "kid's pick the meals day". I can't wait to see what they select this year! What's on your summer checklist?

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. I LOVE this!! Such a great idea to get your kids involved and really take advantage of the awesome summer together and try new things. Making memories for sure. :) Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you print it off, and enjoy some of the ideas with your family.

  2. Thank you for the good advice ... it's very nice to read you ... ..and ...... instructive.


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