How to make a Summer Bucket List + 25 ideas for things to do in Northwest Arkansas!

Summer Bucket list, 2017, Northwest Arkansas

How’s your summer going so far, mamas?

If you haven’t done it yet, you might want to consider making a “Summer Bucket List”.  At our house, we use an actual bucket! This would be a fun project over the weekend.

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. Having a bucket list helps make your summer more intentional, 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!

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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
  2. Ride a roller coaster at Silver Dollar City or visit some of the new Branson attractions new this year
  3. Swim at the the Rogers Aquatic Center, Parrot Island, The Jones Center or NWA lake!
  4. Have a water balloon fight
  5. Go to First Thursday on the Fayetteville Square
  6. flip flopsGo to First Friday on the Bentonville Square
  7. Create an ice-cream sundae bar and invite over the neighbors
  8. Go to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks for free on Tuesdays
  9. Have fun at a local Summer Camp
  10. Camp out in the backyard
  11. Go to a Gulley Park concert series concert
  12. Set up a lemonade stand
  13. Visit the Amazeum
  14. Toast marshmallows outside (and make s’mores!)
  15. Make liquid sidewalk chalk and create a masterpiece on the driveway
  16. Make chalk dress-up dolls while you’re out there
  17. Visit your local Farmer’s Market
  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 Tyson Tuesday Nights
  20. Play mini golf
  21. Eat snow cones
  22. Make your own ice cream in a bag (YouTubevideo)
  23. Go to Vacation Bible School in Northwest Arkansas
  24. Visit the Tulsa Zoo
  25. Find something fun in our Calendar of Events — or in our Outings Under $20 ideas!

Bonus idea for the summer: Have your kids take a picture every day of summer vacation and put them all together in an awesome video at the end of the break. Or make a Summer Memories 2017 book with Snapfish or Shutterfly.