Our Toddler Summer Bucket List

Summer is here and we are here for it! My son is a toddler this year, so I’ve put together a Summer Toddler Bucket List, full of ideas that I want to do and experience with him this summer. 

Summer Toddler Bucket List

Summer is here and there are a million summer activities and events happening! I’m so excited that Camden is old enough to enjoy some of them this year. 

Right now, our lives are still pretty dictated by nap times. Camden is still a two-a-day napper, because he is so stinking active that he wears himself out. But in between the napping, we’ve got a big list of things he and I want to do this summer!

summer toddler bucket list pond

Summer Toddler Bucket List

1. Play at a splash pad (more than once, for sure!)

2. Go to the local pool

3. Go to Tot Time at a nearby pool

4 .Enjoy the Farmer’s Market at least a couple of times!

5. Go to a fair and ride the carousel (and maybe a few other rides too!)

6. Play at 5 different parks

summer playground

7. Have a picnic lunch outside

8. Go to the drive in movie theater

9. Go hiking at Starved Rock

10. Play in our little kiddie pool at our house

11. Buy (and play on) a climbing cube for the yard

12. Go to Prairie Farm – a turn-of-the-century farm with a petting zoo

13. Go to the Zoo – ours is free on Thursdays!

14. See a movie outside downtown on the square

15. Go to Camden’s first rodeo!

16. See the hot air balloons!

17. Ride the trains at our local train depot

18. See 4th of July Fireworks (maybe on the train?!)

summer toddler bucket list fireworks

19. Go to the Teeny Tiny Beach Party – a party at the pool only for kids 0-5!

20. Make a water sensory bin and play with it

21. Go strawberry picking

22. Hook up the bike trailer and take bike rides together

23. Get summer pictures taken with Camden and our dog, Gwen!

24. Hang out at the library for some of the summer programming (especially the fun kid’s musicians!)

25. Go to a Touch-a-Truck event (where he’ll get to touch police cars, fire trucks and more)

26. Go to the pond and see the ducks.


So far, those are the ideas I’ve come up with. Camden is only 16 months old, so we don’t have to do anything big for him to have fun. But we live in (and near) communities with tons of things to do, and I want to take advantage of all of them! 

Give me all your ideas! What else should I do with my toddler this summer? I want all the at-home ideas and places to go! 

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  1. Meghan and Melissa

    You have some great ideas here. I have a 2.5 year old, and I am always looking for things to do with her.

    1. Lisa

      Thank you! I’m always on the lookout for new ideas, too!

  2. misguidedadventureblog

    I love this! Definitely going to be trying a lot of these with EJ!

    1. Lisa

      Let me know which ones you do!

  3. suburbangoddessmom

    Love this list. Filled with such great ideas. I will be boring many for my list.

    1. Lisa

      Thank you! I hope they’re fun!

  4. Mindful Mama Health

    Love this list! I will be saving these ideas for later! Summer goes way too quickly, so I love having a list of things I don’t want to miss out on!

  5. Sonja- Too Much Character

    Aw! Lovely list. I grew up in Illinois, so Starved Rock holds a special place in my heart. That Teeny Tiny Beach Party sounds fun. We are hitting up pools, splash pads, and zoos next week.

  6. FitFamilyLifeBlog

    I love your toddler bucket list! I just told my boys today that we needed to make our own list! Putting that on the agenda for tmw!

    1. Lisa

      Yes – so fun!

  7. Annie

    blow bubbles 🙂 These are so sweet they brought a tear to my eye <3

  8. Kale @ steakandkale.com

    This is a great list! We didn’t have any splash pads in our area when my kids were little…or maybe I just didn’t know about them because I never left the house. 🙂 Anyway, I am VERY impressed with the splash pad scene now.

  9. Meghan and Melissa

    This is such a good list! I really find myself struggling with things to do with a toddler.

  10. Krystal

    How cute. We made a summer bucket-list this year too!

  11. Jaimi

    Definitely add some bubbles on there! Also letting him help wash the car. Give him his own bucket with a sponge. He will love it!

  12. Tricia

    What a fun bucket list for kiddos! Summer just started for us and I’m dreading it lol! I’ll have to think back to this post

  13. Heather

    Such a great list! I’m always looking for new ways to make memories with my toddler. This list is going to help this summer. Thank you!

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