50 Things to Do This Summer {2013}

  1. Visit the beach to soak up as much sand and sun as possible and possibly even visit Sanibel again.
  2. Return to the TradeWinds.
  3. Plan a sunset picnic on the beach.
  4. Decorate a frame with seashells.
  5. Have an in-home impromptu summer spa party.
  6. Have a tea party.
  7. Play oodles of board games.
  8. Make root beer floats.
  9. Make homemade ice cream.
  10. Make popsicles.
  11. Catch a drive-in movie.
  12. See a free (or almost free) summer movie.
  13. Go bowling.
  14. Visit Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.IMG_1128
  15. See the new Antarctica exhibit at SeaWorld.
  16. Visit Winter.
  17. Plan a day trip to the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.
  18. Visit the Dunedin Children’s Art Museum.
  19. Visit the Glazier Museum and/or Great Explorations
  20. Catch a Storm, Rays or Threshers game for family fun day and fireworks.
  21. Have a car wash.
  22. Make sidewalk chalk paint.
  23. See if it’s truly hot enough this summer to fry an egg on the on the sidewalk.
  24. Build a pizza box solar oven and make s’mores.
  25. Build a rain gauge.
  26. Grow and release butterflies and ladybugs.
  27. Go geocaching.
  28. Make homemade bubble solution and bubble wands.
  29. Have a sprinkler rampage and kiddie pool party.
  30. Build pool noodle marble tracks.
  31. Swim and splash around at any and all of our spray grounds.
  32. Play swimming pool Scrabble.
  33. Go for a nighttime swim with glow bracelets.
  34. Study the constellations with some summer star gazing.
  35. Visit a planetarium.
  36. Go Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) tour and canoeing.
  37. Go fishing.
  38. Stop by Brooker Creek Preserve or Weedon Island to play in the hands-on center and enjoy story time.
  39. Participate in the various summer reading programs through our local library and Barnes & Nobles.
  40. Make a Father’s Day gift for Daddy.
  41. Run the Lutz Independence Day 5K.
  42. Watch the Lutz Independence Day Parade and enjoy the fair.
  43. Read a children’s classic to my kids, such as Wind in the Willows, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH or The Westing Game or The Giver.
  44. Collect canned goods for a homeless shelter.
  45. Plan a gleaning event at local u-pick farm.
  46. Visit the Lakeland Farmer’s Market and enjoy beignets for brunch at the Poor Porker.
  47. Return to Keel and Curley for the Uncorked concert series.
  48. Play miniature golf.
  49. Create summer vacation memory jars.
  50. Cherish every summer memory.

My summer list keeps growing.  Like my Summer Fun Pinterest Board to see what other fun things we’re planning this summer.



  1. Jenny says:

    What a great list! We have similar items on our to-do list and some of yours I had not heard of and will now add to my list 🙂

  2. Lauren @ Hobo Mama says:

    I love that you have a list all thought out! So often the summer slips by and we’ve forgotten to do things (especially here in the PNW where summer’s iffy and short at best!). I’ll pin this and try to think of my own options, too.

  3. Dude Mom says:

    So many great ideas. I’m working on ours, but it’s more like 8 things to this summer when you’re not swimming, sleeping in, and breaking up fights.

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