The Great Big Boise Summer Bucket List :: 100+ Fun Ideas

Summer is in session! Hello, sunshine, warm weather, and laughter into the late evenings! I can already smell the BBQ and feel the cool pool splashes on my skin. This is a great time for families to plan time with each other. We have our crayons and markers (and my phone “notes” . . .  let’s be honest) ready for creating our bucket list of summer activities.

Grab those markers and create your own summer bucket list! Below are 100+ ideas to help get you started.

Out & About in Boise

Culture & Learning

Water Fun

  • Beat the summer heat at Roaring Springs.
  • Water balloon fight! (Seasoned mom tip: pay kids a penny for each piece of balloon they pick up once the fun has ended . . . less work for you and better for the environment too.)
  • Stay cool at a local splash pad.
  • Pack your sunscreen and head to a local pool.
  • Run in the sprinklers.
  • Participate in a water battle with super soakers, spray bottles, and buckets.
  • Hit a home run in water balloon baseball.
  • Make your own slip-n-slide with a tarp, baby soap, and a hose (bonus: also counts as a bath).
  • “Paint” with squirt guns or food-colored ice cubes.
  • Soak your feet in a kiddie pool.
  • Play and splash on a water table.
  • Wash the car.
  • Excavate toy animals from a block of ice.
  • Play “Hot Potato”. . . water balloon style!

Get Active

  • Take a hike.
  • Go on a stroll or bike ride along the Boise Greenbelt.
  • Meet up with friends at a park you’ve never visited before.
  • Go bowling!
  • Get your groove on while roller skating.
  • Take swimming lessons.
  • Plan a fun outing at Top Golf.
  • Bounce to your heart’s content at a trampoline park.
  • Stretch your legs and play kickball.
  • Go kick it at Quinn’s Pond.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Hit the paintball battlegrounds at Pyrrhic Paintball (now offering ultra low-impact gel blasters and laser tag play for kids 6 and up).
  • Join a playdate at the park through Summer Park Pop-Ups.
  • Find your target playing Laser Tag (and more) at Wahooz.
  • Attend the Boise Open and watch the golfers from all over the world.

The Great Outdoors

  • Float down the Boise River in a kayak, raft, or tube.
  • Head to Lucky Peak and make a day of feeding, fishing, boating, and/or hiking.
  • Go camping.
  • Sleep in a tent in your backyard.
  • Download an app and try geocaching.
  • Go stargazing and find constellations. Check out the app SkyView so you know what you’re looking for.
  • Visit as many state parks as you can and rank your favorites.
  • Fly kites.
  • Watch people “surf” the Boise River wave.
  • Catch a movie at the drive-in theater.
  • Catch the Gowen Thunder Air Show.
Summer Bucket List
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Food Fun

  • Go find a variety of delicious candy at Goody’s.
  • Taste test all the frozen treats at local ice cream spots and vote on your favorites.
  • Teach older kids how to make a simple meal.
  • Cool down with homemade popsicles.
  • Have lunch at a farmer’s market.
  • Hit up Happy Hour at Sonic for half-price drinks from 2:00-4:00 pm every day.
  • Pack a picnic to take to your favorite park or enjoy in your backyard.
  • Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  • Go get some grub at Green Acres Food Truck Park
  • Go to a restaurant where kids eat free (or almost free).
  • Head to the firepit and make drool-worthy s’mores.
  • Get outside and have a BBQ.
  • Sleep in, and then head to brunch.
  • Go get some fair food at the Western Idaho Fair.

At-Home Activities

  • Host a paper airplane contest.
  • Treat the birds by making a new bird feeder.
  • Try indoor glamping with this DIY tent project.
  • Create your own stained glass window and make your own chalk.
  • Start a gratitude journal.
  • Let your imagination run wild with a Perler bead project.
  • Create an obstacle course and beat your own time.
  • Build a fort using all the pillows and blankets in your home.
  • Pot some plants or tend to a garden.
  • Stay up late and watch a movie complete with popcorn.
  • Turn the lights off and play flashlight tag.
  • Make glitter sensory bottles.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • When life gives you lemons, have a lemonade stand.
  • Paint story stones, and then tell a tale when they are dry.
  • Put on a talent show.
  • Make shadow puppets.
  • Send postcards to long-distance friends and family.
  • 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 .  . . play hopscotch.
  • Create a terrarium.
  • Make your own playdough or slime.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Plan a random act of kindness.
  • Play “Yard Twister” by spray-painting circles on your lawn.
  • Light sparklers while wearing your glow-in-the-dark jewelry.
  • Upcycle your old water table into a dinosaur oasis.
  • Look up kids’ workouts and yoga on YouTube . . . then follow along!
  • Play a board game or make your own.
  • Try some mess-free painting for toddlers.
  • And if all else fails . . . screen time!

All of us at Boise Mom wish you a wonderful summer full of many adventures and new memories. Let us know what’s on your summer bucket list!

Jaclyn Burns
Meet Jaclyn, a Boise native through and through. She is a SAHM and a Realtor specializing in first time home buyers. After spending 4 years in Europe, Jaclyn married the love of her life, Tom. They have a daughter named Kennedy whom is bravely battling a VSD (small hole in her heart). Jaclyn enjoys exploring Boise's greenbelt, sampling local brews, and spending time outdoors with her family. Being an introverted extrovert, she is the life of the party until it’s time to recharge her batteries. With Jaclyn around you can ensure there are always good vibes and laughter- lots of laughter.


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