Every summer we create a bucket list of items our family wants to do. Now that I have teens, we had to be creative as the bucket list for teens involves a lot more creativity than years before. Yes, the kids always enjoy family trips like Hawaii, Italy, Costa Rica, and Spain, but this list is more about things the teens can experience on their own. Check out the 55 must-dos we came up with below.
Having a Bunch of Teens in your home in the Summer!
I always thought having teens would be so hard, but I am truly loving this stage and excited to see all the amazing things they grow up to do. We set boundaries to keep them safe, but I know how important it is for them to get out of their comfort zone and experience new things in their last stage before adulthood.
And, by the way, this bucket list is pretty fun for the whole family so if your teen won’t be road tripping or going camping on their own, go along with them! We always say that we just get 18 summers with our kids and we want to soak up every last minute of them. (Check out my 15 of the Best Vacations for Teens + Tips & Tricks)
Summer Bucket List for Teens
Classic Bucket list Items
- Go to the Beach: If you are in California, we recommend Newport and Coronado!
- Make S’mores
- Read a Great Book
- Catch a Ball Game
- Family Game Night – We have tried out a lot of family games. Some of the most popular games for teens that got them laughing were on our Apple TV – Sketch Party and QuipLash will get the whole family laughing.
- Backyard Movie Night with Your Friends – A favorite summer activity for all kids and not just a summer bucket list item for teens is a backyard movie. Make a little DIY popcorn station so that it is extra fun for the kids
- Visit the Mall
- Netflix Marathon
- Learn to do something new!
- Go Camping
Creative Summer Bucket List Ideas for Teens
- Design & Create Your own T-Shirts – My 17-Year-old son decided to steal my cricut and made custom shirts of expensive brands which I loved, as now he did not want to buy those expensive brands. You can also create Tie-Dye Thrifted T-Shirts
- Visit the Lake
- Create a Giant Slip n Slide
- Rent an inflatable Slip n Slide – We did not have the space to create a slip n slide, so we rented an inflatable one. This may have been the most fun thing that was checked off our summer bucket list for teens.
- Take a Road Trip- We love Arizona road trips and trips up the coast!
- Take Up a New Sport
- Create an epic Spotify Playlist
- Make a Scrapbook
- Marvel Movie Marathon
- Visit a Farmer’s Market
- Hike a New Trail
- Jet Skiing
- Laser Tag
- Go Stargazing
- Watch a Sunrise & a Sunset
- Plant a Garden
- See a Drive-In Movie (adding this to my own summer bucket list!)
- Find Seaglass
- Make a TikTok Dance Video: Bonus points if you get your parents or grandparents involved!
- Make Beaded Bracelets
- Hit up a Waterpark
- Play Spikeball, it’s our favorite summer game. Other beach games we love are Ramp Shot & Bulzi Bucket
Tasty Summer Bucket List Items
- Learn to cook a Recipe
- Make DIY Starbucks Frappuccinos
- Make Homemade Ice cream
- Pick your own berries and then make a smoothie or dessert with them
More Things to do this summer for Teens
- Build a Time Capsule
- Paint Pottery
- Host a Videogame Tournament
- Play Frisbee Golf on a Real Frisbee Golf Course
- Go Fishing
- Visit a Botanical Garden
- Ride a Roller Coaster
- Hit some balls at the Batting Cages
- Fill up Regular Balloons with Water & Create a Giant Water Balloon Battle – My kids decided one day to grab a bunch of birthday balloons and started filling them up for an epic water balloon battle that ended up in the trampoline.
- Use a Whole Disposable Camera
- Light Up Some Sparklers
- Hit some Golf Balls at the Driving Range
- Learn to surf or boogie board
- River Float
- Get some giant inflatables and take them to the pool.
So, next time your teen is complaining of boredom I think you might just have something to say in return. While they might not want you involved in everything they do anymore, making a bucket list with your teen is a great way to plan out their summer and be a part of the decision making process alongside them.
Just make sure you ride a roller coaster or two, chow down on homemade ice cream, and dance around the living room a few more times with them before they are grown.
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