Get Organized for Summer with a St. Louis Summer Bucket List

posted by Aby

Have you seen the idea of a “summer bucket list” while surfing the web or Pinterest? I love the idea — creating a list of fun things to do over the summer. Last spring, I went to a young author’s conference with my daughter, Kailea, and coincidentally, the parent breakout session shared summer ideas for kids. The teacher presented a list of kid-friendly summer activities in alphabetical order, with an idea or two for each letter of the alphabet. Now even though my kids are well beyond the ABC stage, I thought this was a super fun approach to creating our summer fun idea list because it forced me to think outside the box. I had to come up with at least one idea for each letter, and I added some adult-friendly ideas, too.

A-Z Summer Activities in St. Louis Area

This year I’ve updated the list to include ideas for summer fun in St. Louis. Keep in mind these are simply ideas of things to do over the summer, not a to-do list!

I hope you’re inspired by the list and use it to create a summer bucket list of your own! By the way, if you’d like a blank printable to create your own list, you can download one here.

St. Louis Summer Bucket List

A: art projects, art binders, Annie’s, art journal, art museum, Arch, art classes, art fair, Art Museum

B: Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, baseball games, Boathouse, blog, bike rides, barbecues, Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes, bowling, basketball, berry picking, berry pies, board games, biography (read one), backwards day, brewery tour

C: City Museum, card making, camping, camps, Crown Candy, cooking classes, canoeing, Cahokia Mounds, concerts, collage making, Cardinals game, circus, Circus Flora, canning, card games, carousel, carriage ride, COCA Family Theatre

D: duct tape crafts, day in the life, drive-in movie, dance, draw pictures, ducks (feed them)

E: Eckert’s, eggplant parmesan. (What else starts with e that is fun to do?)

F: flea markets, fishing, Fast Eddie’s, fitness program, farmers market, Fair St. Louis, fireflies, fireworks, fajitas, fish tacos, flavored water, festivals, Forest Park, friends, fudgesicles, Fabulous Fox

G: garage sales, grilling out, gardening, grandma + grandpa’s house, gazpacho, golfing, go karts, guitar, Gateway Grizzlies game, garden markers, Grant’s Farm

H: hammock, homemade ice cream, hot air balloon race

I: ice cream man, ice cream cones, iced tea, instruments

J: jam, Jewel Box, journaling, juggling

K: kites, knitting, kale chips, Katy Trail, kickball, kick-the-can, Kirkwood Peach Festival

L: lemonade (fresh), Laumeier Sculpture Park, library, Lone Elk Park

M: movie night, Muny Opera, monopoly, Magic House, mini golf, music (listen to, record), Meramec Caverns

N: Nascar Speedpark, nature center

O: Old Webster Community Days, outdoor movies, origami, outdoor concerts

P: popsicles, pool, pj day, Purina Farms, photo-a-day, paintball, picnics at the park, painting, paper airplanes, paint pottery, planetarium, plan a party, project life, pesto (make some), paddle boats

Q: quit a bad habit, Queeny Park

R: read, River City Rascals game, race for the cure, run, river road (bike or drive), redecorate bedroom, rain (listen to it, walk in it), Raging Rivers

S: Six Flags, snow cones, scrapbooking, star gazing, slip + slide, sewing, scrunch, s’mores, smoothies, science center, swing, St. Charles, sunset, sunrise, sponge tag, sports classes + camps, skip rocks, stamp collecting, sketch, sleepovers, Splash City

T: tourist in your own town, Ted Drewes, tennis, tie dye t-shirts, t.v., time capsule, tae-kwon-do

U: Union Station, unplug for a whole day, University City Loop

V: volunteer, vacation, volleyball, video recording, video games

W: water balloons, watermelon, walks with Maggie, write, Weherenberg Theater Family Summer Series, wash the car, wash the dog

X: eXplore some place you’ve never been before

Y: yahtzee, YMCA

Z: zoo, zipline

What’s your favorite thing about summer in St. Louis?

Thanks for sharing!

  • June 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    What a wonderful list !!! Something for everyone. thanks for sharing

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    June 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for your comment Donna! I’m glad you enjoyed the list!
    ~ Aby

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  • June 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Great ideas! I’m not certain but I don’t think kids under 18 are allowed at Fast Eddie’s. Maybe get floats at Fitz’s instead? :)

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    June 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Fitz’s is a great idea! Thanks, Jen. And yes, Fast Eddie’s is one of the “adult-friendly” ideas. :)

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  • June 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    We are planning a vacation with our tween girls to St. Louis this summer. This will provide a great jumping off point! Thanks!

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    June 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    How fun Nancy! Hope you and your girls have a great time in St. Louis!

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  • June 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    What is Annie’s

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    June 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Hi, Ashley,

    Annie’s is a frozen custard place in Edwardsville, IL.

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