2020 Summer Checklist... Covid Edition

Every year my boys and I put together a summer checklist. We include 50 of our favourite summer activities, and we spend our vacation checking items off the list. This year, our list has been adjusted to conform with Covid social distancing and travel restrictions, but there are still tons of easy and inexpensive adventures in our future. Below, you will find a FREE printable version of our 2020 summer checklist, as well as some really helpful links.




To download our list: click on the picture above, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 8x10 photo.


Then, check out the links below for more helpful hints, tutorials, recipes, and ideas.


1) Celebrate Canada Day




2) Watch fireworks or play with sparklers




3) Have an outdoor picnic or BBQ



4) Go to a splash pad, swim in a pool or run through a sprinkler




5) Buy a meal from a food truck or local restaurant




6) Paint a rock and leave it for someone to find




7) Read a book outside




8) Have a water fight or NERF gun battle





9) Have a movie night outside or go to a drive in




10) Do an “at home” escape room




11) Eat donuts from a string (with no hands)




12) Have a parent/child “one on one” date (kid’s choice… under $20 and 2 hours)




13) Plant something and watch it grow




14) Make a craft




15) Build a fort (inside the house or outside)




16) Get ice cream in PJs (drive throughs are OK)




17) Play catch, basketball or street hockey




18) Make homemade ice cream or make milkshakes




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 outside




24) Go geo-caching



25) Have a "kids pick the meals" day



26) Play chocolate bar BINGO (like regular BINGO, but with chocolate bar prizes)



27) Play golf or mini golf




28) Learn a “trick shot” or magic trick






29) Try a new food or a new recipe



30) Have a theme day (e.g. spy training day, "parents say yes" day or "spend our gift cards" day)




31) Camp at a campground, in the backyard or in the living room



32) Have a PJ day



33) Build a large puzzle




34) Make a video




35) Fly a kite





36) Have a dance party or sing karaoke




37) Go on a scavenger hunt





38) Organize a drawer, closet or room



39) Play with water balloons




40) Do a good deed or raise money for charity




41) Go on a road trip to another city or town




42) Make an obstacle course in the yard or go for a walk in the rain




43) Roast marshmallows, make s'mores or cook a different campfire treat




44) Write and mail a letter or postcard




45) Visit at least 5 different ice cream stands


46) Go stargazing

47) Pick your own

48) Pick your own

49) Pick your own


50) HAVE ICE CREAM FOR SUPPER!



Creating and completing a summer checklist really is one of my favourite family traditions. We've had to "tweak" it a bit this year due to Covid, but we still have lots of wonderful activities planned. 

Does your family have a summer checklist? Are you planning to print mine? If you don't want to include all the items on the list, you can just choose your favourites. Have fun!


Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

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