The Great Big El Paso Summer Bucket List :: 100+ Summer Fun Ideas


Every year when school gets out, my kids and I grab some poster board and create a summer bucket list. Sometimes those things get done. Sometimes they’re pipe dreams. But every time it’s a fun activity. And then we use the list to make sure we get some fun on the calendar during the summer months.

So grab your markers and create your own summer bucket list. Below are 100+ ideas to get you started.

The Great Big El Paso Summer Bucket List :: 100+ Summer Fun Ideas

Out & About in El Paso

Culture & Learning

Water Fun

  • Plan a day at Wet-N-Wild Water World.
  • Water balloon fight! (Seasoned mom tip: pay kids a penny for each piece of water balloon they pick up once the fun has ended.)
  • Visit an El Paso splash pad.
  • Pack your goggles and head to a local pool.
  • Run in the sprinkler.
  • Check out these beat the heat water activities that don’t waste water.
  • 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. And then have a squirt gun battle.
  • Soak in a kiddie pool.
  • Splash on a water table.
  • Wash the car.

Get Active

  • Take a hike.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Visit a playground you’ve never been to before.
  • Go bowling.
  • Check out Chuck Heinrich Memorial park and hike to the only tin mines in the United States.
  • Take swimming lessons.
  • Plan a fun outing at Top Golf.
  • Bounce to your heart’s content at Ally B. Gator’s.
  • Play kickball.
  • Go roller skating.
  • Take the dog on a good walk.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Check the kids into gym childcare and try a new workout.

The Great Outdoors

  • Go camping.
  • Go on a painted rock scavenger hunt.
  • Visit White Sands National Park on a full moon night. (It’s open til 11 pm on those evenings.)
  • 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 parks as you can and rank your favorites.
  • Create mosiacs with sidewalk chalk and painter’s tape.
  • Visit and take selfies at as many of El Paso’s murals as you can find.
  • Go see some real-life dinosaur tracks!
  • Fly kites.

Food Fun

  • Test all the local ice cream spots and vote on your favorites.
  • Teach older kids how to make a simple meal.
  • Make popsicles.
  • Shop at a farmer’s market.
  • Hit up Happy Hour at Sonic for half-price drinks from 2:00–4:00 P.M. every day.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Make your own ice cream in a bag.
  • Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  • Eat at one of El Paso’s food trucks.
  • Go to a restaurant where kids eat free.
  • Make s’mores.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Get outside and grill.
  • Head to La Luz, New Mexico to the Nichols Ranch and Orchard to pick cherries.

At-Home Activities

  • Have a paper airplane contest.
  • Do a Perler bead project.
  • Create an obstacle course and beat your own time.
  • Pot some plants.
  • Stay up late and watch a movie complete with popcorn.
  • Flashlight tag.
  • Build a fort.
  • Have a sleepover in the living room.
  • Make glitter sensory bottles.
  • Blow bubbles.
  • Have a lemonade stand.
  • Paint sticks and rocks.
  • Put on a talent show.
  • Make shadow puppets.
  • Send postcards.
  • Play hopscotch.
  • Plant a terrarium.
  • Make playdough.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Plan a random act of kindness.
  • Plant and tend a garden.
  • Play “Yard Twister” by spray-painting circles on your lawn.
  • Light sparklers.
  • Play with kinetic sand.
  • Look up kids’ workouts and yoga on YouTube. Then follow along!
  • Play a board game.
  • And if all else fails . . . screen time!

We hope you have a wonderful summer full of memories. Let us know what’s on your summer bucket list.

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Vanessa Bush
With a background in writing, marketing, and bringing women together, Vanessa has found a sweet spot as the owner of El Paso Mom. Vanessa is married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the part-owner of an advertising agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place.


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