Seasonal lists are one of our very favorite family activities. We love sitting around and thinking up all of the fun things we want to do as a family, and then intentionally crossing things off the list week by week. We create them most often in the fall and summer, but they’re something we love to do year round. And now that it’s June, the 2023 Summer Bucket List has officially begun!

This year, I decided to do something a little different. I usually ask my family for input and then I more or less compile the list by myself. But this year, I decided to make sure everyone was involved.

I told everyone in our family to think of 5 things they’d like to put on the summer bucket list. The items can be big or small, but generally speaking they need to be able to be done in one day (the whole list can’t be overnight trips!) and they need to be reasonably easy to do on a whim. This isn’t stuff we do a ton of planning for. I want to be able to wake up on a random Tuesday and decide to cross something off!

It was really fun to have everyone contribute in this specific way. I loved seeing what was a priority to each person in the family, and we ended up with a really versatile list this year!

Our 2023 Summer Bucket List

2023 summer bucket list taped to a fridge

Here’s a look at what everyone contributed.

My 5 Items:

  • Go on a family hike
  • Visit the botanical garden
  • Eat an ice cream cone
  • Make strawberry lemonade
  • Tie-dye shirts (we did this earlier this week!)

Grant’s 5 Items:

  • Eat at a new burger restaurant
  • Go to the pool
  • Visit the movie theater
  • Try a new playground
  • Go to Pinballz (our favorite local arcade)

Jackson’s 5 Items:

  • Have a family picnic
  • Kids cook dinner
  • Family board game night
  • Bake something new
  • Visit a children’s museum

Corey’s 5 Items

  • Go camping
  • Go to a splash pad
  • Explore a cavern
  • Try a new (kid-friendly) frozen drink recipe
  • Have a fancy family night out

The beauty of having everyone in the family come up with items is that there are several things on here that have never been on a bucket list before! I loved how creative everyone got with it, and the most random items (like trying a new burger restaurant) just might be the ones I’m most excited about.

Our visit to the Perot Museum in Dallas!

We’ve already done a few things on the list, and my goal is to cross off two items per week. That’ll take us through 10 weeks of summer (ours is 11.5 weeks long), so we have a bit of room for busier weeks.

I think this new method of creating bucket lists is definitely going to be a keeper for us. Everyone is really bought into the list even more so than usual, which means I think we’re more likely than ever to actually finish the whole list this summer!

If you need some more ideas and inspiration for summer bucket lists, I’ve got you covered! Check out the posts linked below for more lists and ideas.

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