2018 Summer Bucket List: 25+ ideas for things to do with kids in Northwest Arkansas!

It’s officially summer and time to get intentional about doing things together as a family.

If you haven’t done it yet, you might want to consider making a “2018 Summer Bucket List” so the whole summer doesn’t pass you by without making some memories. I hate that feeling of, “What did we even do together this summer?”

At our house, we use an actual bucket for all our summer fun ideas. If you’d like to make one, too, here’s how we do it:

What you’ll need:

  • Just buy or find a bucket (or any container of your choice!) and some large, wooden clothes pins. Using a Sharpie, write various activities you want to do over the summer on the clothes pins and then clip them around the bucket.
  • After you do an activity, you just toss that clothes pin into the bucket. Even if you have 15 clothes pins that read, “Sit out front in the sun with a book”.
  • Be sure to add a few clothes pins for yourself, mama. Or just make your own bucket 🙂
  • Decorate your bucket with a bow, stickers, puffy paint or markers!

Here are 25 ideas for fun activities you can write on your clothes pins:

  1. Go see a movie at Malco during its Kid’s Summer Film Fest, visit the area’s only drive-in movie theatre on Highway 112 in Fayetteville, go to a dive-in movie at the Jones Center or Wilson Park pools, or enjoy a sunset movie at a Fayetteville park.
  2. Go skating! There are also some fun roller skating options in NWA, including Starlight Skatium in Fayetteville and Great Day Skate Place in Bentonville.
  3. Swim at the Rogers Aquatics Center, the Jones center and many more, including a NEW swim spot, The Beach at Avalon in Bella Vista, which has a sandy beach (you have to pay a guest fee if you’re not a member of the BV POA). Click here to see our big list of swim spots and splash pads in Northwest Arkansas.  If your kids need to take swim lessons this summer, click here for a list of private and public swim instructors in Northwest Arkansas.
  4. Have a water balloon fight!
  5. Go to First Thursday on the Fayetteville Square.
  6. Go to First Friday on the Bentonville Square.
  7. Eat ice cream! See a list of lots of great places to get ice cream in Northwest Arkansas + more ideas in our summer printable.
  8. Check out fishing poles at the Fayetteville Public Library and catch some fun together!
  9. Have fun at a local Summer Camp.
  10. Bowl, play laser tag, ride Go Karts and more at Fast Lane Entertainment in Lowell or Lokomotion in Springdale. You can also try to bowl a spare at Ozark Lanes in Fayetteville, Rogers Bowling Center or Springdale Bowling Center,
  11. Go to a Gulley Park concert series concert.
  12. When it’s super hot out, head inside to jump at HighRise in Rogers or Altitude Trampoline Park in Fayetteville.
  13. Visit the Amazeum children’s museum.
  14. Go make art — or see it — at Crystal Bridges. You can also walk the trails for some fun art surprises along the way.
  15. Make liquid sidewalk chalk and create a masterpiece on the driveway
  16. Make your own bunting for your kiddo’s birthday or for a summer party.
  17. Visit your local Farmer’s Market for fresh food, flowers and events.
  18. Sign up for the summer reading program at your library + enjoy free concerts at FPL
  19. Visit the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on FREE Terrific Tuesday Nights
  20. Make Lolli Pop Art to eat!
  21. If you have babies or toddlers, click here to see a special ‘things to do in NWA’ guide just for them.
  22. Turn trash into treasure
  23. Visit the Tulsa Zoo or another getaway close to Northwest Arkansas.
  24. Find something fun in our Calendar of Events — or in our Outings Under $20 ideas!
  25. Need more ideas? Click here to see our SUMMER FUN PRINTABLE list with lots more ideas for things to do in Northwest Arkansas for summer 2018!