The Ultimate San Antonio Summer Bucket List: 200+ Activities to Make Summer Fun!

bucket2coverSummer is upon us, and it won’t be too long before parents hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored!” We’ve come up with the Ultimate San Antonio Summer Bucket List to keep your kids active and having fun. If you need details about an activity or further instructions, simply click on the link and you’ll be directed to everything you need to know. Now go have some fun!

Out and About in San Antonio ::

A Little Culture and Learning ::

Water Fun ::

Get Active ::

The Great Outdoors ::

Summer Snacks & Cool Beverages ::

  • Cool off with raspas.
  • Take a root beer break at Schilo’s.
  • Make homemade ice cream.
  • Enjoy refreshing summertime drinks that you can make yourself (both adult- and kid-friendly versions!).
  • Take a trip to a frozen world and enjoy the treats at Artic Ape.
  • Discover your favorite location for palettas or fruit cups.
  • Shop at a farmer’s market.
  • Pick fruit at a local farm.
  • Go on a lunch date with Mom or Dad.
  • Test all of the local ice cream joints and vote on your favorite.
  • Make homemade popsicles.
  • Hit up Happy Hour at Sonic for half-price drinks and 99-cent snacks from 2:00–4:00 P.M. every day!
  • Let the kids plan and make dinner.
  • Eat dinner on the patio.
  • Try out some Texas BBQ.
  • Have breakfast for dinner.
  • Pack a picnic and take it to a San Antonio park.
  • Make homemade pizza.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Try to fry an egg on the sidewalk (with our summer temps, this shouldn’t be hard).
  • Plant a summer vegetable garden.
  • Grab a group of friends and start a Supper Club.
  • Dine out at San Antonio’s kid-friendly restaurants, which you can find here and here.
  • Host a lemonade stand (and post it in your Alamo City Moms Blog Neighborhood Group to drive sales!).
  • Have a donut day! Eat donuts for breakfast, snack, or dessert.
  • Make s’mores—in a fire pit, your fireplace, or even your microwave!
  • Eat at a San Antonio food truck park.
  • Make banana splits.
  • Plan a progressive dinner (either at restaurants or team up with some other families and host each course at a different home).
  • Eat watermelon.
  • Enjoy homemade lemonade; sweeten it up with strawberries.
  • Bake bread. (We love this easy recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread.)Food 2 Collage

Around the House ::

  • If one or both parents work, surprise the kids with a weekday off and enjoy a family day (and while you are off, knock out some items on your bucket list!).
  • Have a pajama day and stay home to watch movies, eat popcorn, and be lazy.
  • Make treats for your neighbors and surprise them when you drop them off.
  • Enjoy a backyard picnic. (Try a breakfast picnic when it is still cool outside.)
  • Construct an indoor pillow and sheet fort.
  • Save large boxes and make a maze or build a castle.
  • Pretend it’s winter with indoor snow.
  • Paint with water on the sidewalk or fence.
  • Get inspired by Elsa to learn about fractals and have a fractal-making day.
  • Check out the national day calendars for JuneJuly, and August and plan fun ways to participate.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Finger paint.
  • Play hopscotch.
  • Make Kitchen Sink Suds.
  • Gather some neighborhood kids and plan a parade—decorate bikes and wagons, dress in costumes, and parade down the street.
  • Write a book and illustrate it.
  • Author a play and act it out.
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Make Moon Dough.
  • Create an at-home salon and give your kids manis and pedis.
  • Write notes to your neighbors in chalk on their driveways (make sure you pick friendly neighbors!).
  • Make pom-pom monsters and give them wacky names.
  • Write letters to friends and family and teach your kids about the postal system.
  • Write President Obama. (You’ll get a signed letter back!)
  • Write your favorite Disney characters. (You’ll get a postcard back!)
  • Discover your favorite historical figures and get into character.
  • Create a band with musical instruments you find around your home.
  • Make homemade playdough.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Make edible bathtub paint and let the bathtub become your child’s canvas.
  • Make puppets from paper bags and masks from paper plates.
  • Donate! Pick your favorite charity, find donatable items that you already have around the house (books, clothes, toys, canned goods), and let the kids decide what to donate.
  • Make a quiet book together and then let the kids play.
  • Have a tea party. Go all out—break out your china, dress up, and use real tea.
  • Plan a summer scavenger hunt.
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Catch fireflies—but be sure to let them go before the end of the night!
  • Have an American Girl Tea Party.
  • Have a garage sale (delegate as much of this as possible to the kids to teach business skills).
  • Sew something. Let the kids pick what to sew (keep options simple) and then take them to the store to pick out the materials.
  • Learn a magic/illusion trick.
  • Create a bowling alley in your house.
  • Have fun with shaving cream—spray it on an outdoor table and draw, or cover your playset in it and make an extra slippery slide!
  • Finish a puzzle.
  • Create a kids’ chore chart and let the kids earn some summer money.
  • Make cascarones and have fun cracking them on each other’s heads.
  • Do a fun science project like this easy one for preschoolers.
  • Make a discovery bottle.
  • Hunt for rocks, paint them, and add them to your garden beds.

Other ::

  • Have media-free days (put your phones, iPads, TVs, etc. away for the entire day), and on the days that aren’t media-free, set clear boundaries for use of devices (kids AND parents!).
  • Make a family and/or individual dream board, and add to it all summer (take a cork board or a poster board and add words or pictures of who you want to be or what you want to do).
  • Teach gratitude to your family. At the end of each day, have each person in your family write down what he/she was grateful for that day. At the end of summer, read through all the things each person shared. You’ll have 92 items per person by the end of the summer!
  • Plan a family service project. Think of things your family loves and enjoys, and use those natural gifts and passions to help others. Serve a meal at a soup kitchen, mow a neighbor’s lawn, wash someone’s car, hand out cold water bottles to others, pay for someone behind you in line, or find a non-profit your family believes in and ask them how you can serve as a family.
  • Learn something new.
  • Send the kids off for a night or week with grandparents or friends…and take time for YOU!
  • Host a book party: pick a book, read it, dress up like the characters, and make some fun crafts related to it.
  • Have a “yes” day! For one day, let the kids be in charge and make sure that Mom and Dad only answer “yes”!

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4 Responses to The Ultimate San Antonio Summer Bucket List: 200+ Activities to Make Summer Fun!

  1. Breonna June 24, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    YES! I’m from the Houston Moms Blog and was like “we need to visit San Antonio this summer, I wonder if their blog has a summer list”. Can’t wait to check some of these things out.

  2. Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio June 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Awesome list, thanks for the inspiration. Will have to cross some of these off our own bucket lists!

  3. Jen D June 14, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Do the resorts here have summer special rates? (In Phoenix you could get a room at the JW with kids eat free for under $200.00 a night) AND Sometimes (in Phoenix) if you called on Friday the property would be more than happy to extend a special rate/package to fill empty rooms. Any tips on getting good deals for staycations????

  4. Carla Ritter May 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    The Planetarium is now open after it’s renovation and has Friday evening shows. They will also have a daily 2:00 matinee starting in June. The new Scobee Education Center & Planetarium are absolutely stunning! Look up & be inspired!