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Summer Bucket List + a FREE printable!

Summer Bucket List Des Moines Moms BlogIt’s almost summer! That means it’s time to make a bucket list of summer activities between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

I love reading others’ bucket lists to get inspired, so today I’m sharing ours, and in a printable format as well.

Des Moines Family Fun Summer Bucket List + printable for summer activities

Pro tip: Stick this in an 8 x 10 frame each year and check off the boxes with a dry erase marker as the season unfolds. Some years we get more checked than others, but it’s always a great source of inspiration for days (rain or shine) when we’re looking for fun family activities. 

To download your Summer Bucket List printable, click here. 

Here’s our list…(and as a total mamarazzi, have your camera ready! Photo opps, galore!)

  • Go strawberry picking (We love The Berry Patch!) 
  • Walk through the lilac arboretum (prettiest in early summer!) 
  • Take an adventure stroll through rotary riverwalk park
  • Take in a concert at Simon Estes Amphitheatre
  • Visit the Sculpture Park downtown 
  • The BHG test garden is open to the public for a couple hours each Friday – you’ll feel like you’re walking through a magazine! 
  • Head to Omaha and go to the zoo (road trip!)
  • Make watermelon “cookies” with your stash of cookie cutters
  • Check out Blank Park Zoo
  • Feed the ducks at Jordan Creek Lake District
  • Go to the Iowa State Fair
  • Visit a Farmers Market
  • Go to Snookie’s for an ice cream cone (here’s a list of our favorite ice cream spots in the area!)
  • Check out the Iowa Children’s Museum in Iowa City (road trip!)
  • Play at the Jester Park playscape
  • Eat sweet corn (feel free to check this one off multiple times!)
  • Play at the Brenton Arboretum playscape
  • Venture through the skywalks downtown (and if you end up at the Science Center, so be it!)
  • Cool off at the Greenwood Park Sprayground (near the Art Center)
  • Read 100 books outside (an excuse to hit the library or bookstore!)
  • Have a bike/wagon/ride-on wash with the hose/wading pool/buckets/etc (bonus cool points if you let them get their ride-on toys super messy and muddy beforehand!)
  • Pack a picnic and have a beach day at Raccoon River

You’ll notice a couple of blank spots to write in bucket list items of your own — feel free to share, I’d love to add to this list!

What are your favorite summer activities in Des Moines? 

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