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Summer Fun Bucket List

June 24, 2024

Budget friendly Summer activities to do in Wisconsin

Summer is finally here, and there’s no better time to make the most of the sunny days ahead without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking to keep the kids entertained or enjoy some quality time with friends and family, we have you covered with this budget-friendly summer bucket list!

1. Have a Picnic

Grab a blanket and pack some homemade sandwiches and snacks. Head to a local park or even your backyard for a relaxing picnic in the sunshine.

2. Wash the Car

Cool off and get your car sparkling clean with a DIY car wash session. It’s a productive way to spend a hot afternoon.

3. Play in Sprinklers

No pool? No problem! Set up the sprinkler in your yard for hours of refreshing fun for the kids (and adults too). It’s a classic summer activity that never gets old.

4. Play Frisbee

Invite your friends to a frisbee game at the park as a fun way to stay active and appreciate the outdoors. If frisbee isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other outdoor games to choose from!

5. Blow Bubbles

Bring out the bubble wands and create magical bubbles in your backyard. It’s simple, nostalgic fun for all ages.

6. Water Balloon Fight

Cool off with an epic water balloon fight. All you need are balloons, water, and some willing participants!

7. Do Some Tie-Dye

Transform plain white shirts or old clothes into vibrant masterpieces with tie-dye kits.

8. Bake Cookies

Heat up the kitchen on a rainy day and bake some delicious cookies. Get creative with flavors and decorations for extra fun.

9. Sidewalk Chalk

Unleash your artistic side with sidewalk chalk. Create colorful masterpieces or play classic games like hopscotch or four square.

10. Roast Marshmallows

Gather around a fire pit or grill and roast marshmallows for s’mores. It’s a classic summer activity!

11. Watch Fireworks

The Fourth of July generally offers free fireworks displays in many communities. Explore local events or host a backyard viewing party to experience these fireworks.

12. Plant Flowers or a Tree

Green up your surroundings by planting flowers or a small tree. It’s a rewarding activity that beautifies your home and helps the environment.

13. Visit a Local Park

Explore a nearby park for hiking, biking, or simply enjoying nature. Many parks offer free admission and activities for all ages.

14. Bird Watching

Grab binoculars and a guidebook to identify local birds. It’s a relaxing way to connect with nature without spending a dime. 

16. Visit a Farmer’s Market

Support local farmers and artisans by visiting a farmers’ market. Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts.

17. Beach Day

Pack a cooler with snacks and sunscreen and head to the nearest beach for a day of sun and sand. Swimming and building sandcastles are free activities everyone can enjoy.

18. Visit a Library

Escape the heat and dive into a good book at your local library. Many libraries also offer free summer programs and events for families.

19. Volunteer

Give back to your community and make lives better by volunteering together as a family or with friends. Help out at a local shelter, food bank, or a local nonprofit.

20. Bike Ride

Explore your neighborhood or local trails on two wheels. Biking is not only great exercise but also a fun way to discover new places.

21. Make Some Ice Cream

Cool off with homemade ice cream. No fancy machine required! Try making ice cream in a bag or with a few simple ingredients at home. Here is how:

  1. Mix the Ingredients: Combine heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract (if using) in a quart-sized zip-top bag. Seal tightly.
  2. Prepare the Ice Bath: Fill a gallon-sized zip-top bag halfway with ice cubes. Add salt to the ice.
  3. Freeze the Ice Cream: Place the sealed quart-sized bag with the ice cream mixture into the gallon-sized bag with ice and salt. Seal the gallon-sized bag tightly.
  4. Shake it Up!: Shake vigorously for about 5-10 minutes, massaging the bag occasionally. The ice cream will gradually thicken and freeze.
  5. Serve: Once the ice cream reaches your desired consistency, scoop it out and enjoy immediately for a soft-serve treat. For firmer ice cream, transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 1-2 hours. Serve with your favorite toppings!

22. Attend a Free Community Event
Make sure to browse through local event listings to find outdoor movie events or festivals near you. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy your local communities and entertainment without breaking the bank! Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we share the events we sponsor, many of which are free –follow along here.

Have a fun budget friendly summer activity you feel could be added to this list?
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