2016 Summer Bucket List

summer bucket list 2016 ssm

We look forward to summer all year long it seems, but once it gets here there I hear a lot of “I’m bored” and “What are we doing today?”  If you’re stumped for ideas on what to do, we’ve pulled together a list of 100 things to do on the South Shore (and a bit beyond) that will keep your family busy all summer long.  This is our best list yet, and we are so excited to share it with you!

Whether you’re looking to spend time outdoors or in, if you want to be active or use your imagination, we’ve got an idea for you.  We’ve included loads of links to help you plan, and lots of FREE activities to save you money.   Check it out, and have a great summer!

  1. Watch the players practice at Patriots Training Camp & play in the Fan Zone
  2. Have a Tree Top Adventure in Canton
  3. Listen to one of these Free Summer Story Times
  4. See what’s happening at Faneuil Hall (storytelling on Tuesdays, Kids Art on Wednesdays…)
  5. Get artistic at a Pop Up Art School workshop
  6. Train to be a Ninja Warrior at TA Fitness (Saturday courses & Open Gym times)
  7. Take a swim during Family Swim Time at Goldfish Swim School in Braintree
  8. Catch a show from Big Ryan’s Tall Tales
  9. Visit the Paragon Carousel for their free summer activities, or just take a ride!
  10. Listen to a Wacky Wednesday Concert at the South Shore Conservatory
  11. Cool off in a local Splash Park
  12. Watch a movie under the stars at a Free Outdoor Movie this summer
  13. Play Bubble Ball!
  14. Practice your rock walls skills at Challenge Rocks (Hingham) or Rock On Adventure (Norwood)
  15. Take a walk through Norris Reservation in Norwell
  16. Enjoy one of these Free Summer Music Events
  17. Get creative at one of these art centers
  18. Get free admission to 8 different venues each week with Free Fun Fridays
  19. Visit Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, then go climbing at their Adventure Park!
  20. Go for a family hike at Blue Hills
  21. Try the water slides at Water Wizz
  22. Catch a Pawtucket Red Sox game
  23. See the Brockton Rox play at Campanelli Stadium
  24. Go on a Whale Watch
  25. Get tickets to a Cape Cod Baseball League game
  26. Check out Thomas Land and Dino Land at Edaville in Carver
  27. See a movie at the Mendon Drive-In.  Make a night of it and see a double feature!  $27 per car.
  28. Visit The Hall at Patriot Place
  29. Explore the Nature Trail at Patriot Place
  30. Have an adventure at 5 Wits in Foxboro
  31.  Take  a scenic walk at World’s End in Hingham
  32. Beat the heat and play indoors at KidZone in Norwell
  33. Go on a Pirate Cruise or an Ice Cream Cruise
  34. Listen to the songs of  Mama Steph
  35. See a show by Big Ryan’s Tall Tales
  36. Play a game of Mini Golf
  37. Go on a Boston Duck Tour
  38. Take a road trip to the Mystic Aquarium
  39. Try Geocaching
  40. Let kids build at the Free Kids Workshops at Home Depot & Lowes
  41. Hit a few buckets at a local driving range
  42. Thrill seekers?  Check out Codzilla in Boston Harbor
  43. Sign up for a Craft Class at Michaels
  44. Go bowling!
  45. Take the ferry out to the Harbor Islands (Georges, Spectacle, Grape, Thompson)
  46. Explore Castle Island, and grab a bite at Sullivan’s
  47. Let the kids jump at Sky Zone or Launch
  48. Explore the Nature Trail at Patriot Place
  49. Take the family out when Kids Eat Free
  50. Visit the Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville
  51. Explore the trails at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (bring your camera, great photo spot!)
  52. Take in some history at Battleship Cove
  53. Explore at the Boston Museum of Science
  54. Head down to Plimouth Plantation
  55. Make some of these Rock Crafts
  56. Let the little ones play at the Children’s Museum Easton, you can even have a sleepover there!
  57. Go to the Boston Children’s Museum ($1 admission Friday nights)
  58. Watch a performance of the Toe Jam Puppet Band
  59. Play laser tag, go carts, mini golf and more at Starland Sports & Fun Park in Hanover
  60. Visit The Butterfly Place in Westford.  Find a $1 coupon on their Facebook page
  61. Stop by the Herring Run Historical Park in Pembroke
  62. Buy some fresh goodies at a local Farmers Market
  63. See a show at the South Shore Music Circus
  64. Get out your aggression at Randolph Paint Ball
  65. Visit the USS Constitution Museum
  66. Go fishing!
  67. Play Laser Tag
  68. Make Oobleck Slime
  69. Head to the Marshfield Fair (Aug 19-28)
  70. Make a paper fortune teller
  71. Watch an Evening Under the Stars concert
  72. Visit the New England Aquarium.  See one of their 3D movies!
  73. Soak up the past at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
  74. Visit The Butterfly Place
  75. Pick-your-own blueberries
  76. Stop by the South Shore Children’s Museum, story time is Tues-Thurs at 10:30am
  77. Take your toddler to Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton
  78. Enter the Sandcastle Contest at Duxbury Beach
  79. Go out for ice cream
  80. Check out a local animal center
  81. Explore at the Museum of Science.  Check out the Frogs exhibit!
  82. Print out some of these coloring pages
  83. Have a picnic
  84. Go to a carnival
  85. Take a day trip to the Discovery Museums in Acton
  86. Rainy day?  Try one of these indoor boredom busters
  87. Convince the kids to do a bit of reading with these Summer Reading Rewards Programs
  88. Have family movie night.  Pre-screen the movie with one of these movie review sites
  89. Go to the beach!
  90. Check out National Night Out
  91. Go roller skating at the Carousel Family Fun Center in Whitman
  92. Go to your local library.  Check their activities listings!
  93. Have a lemonade stand
  94. Head out to the North Star Pro Rodeo in Marshfield (July & 26)
  95. Have lunch at Wahlburgers
  96. Paint something at Plaster Fun Time, South Shore Pottery Shop, or Pottery Playce
  97. Swim at Houghton’s Pond at Blue Hills
  98. Take a bike ride along the Cape Cod Canal
  99. Go to the zoo (Buttonwood, Franklin Park, Roger Williams, Southwick or Capron Park Zoo)
  100. And if all else fails, there’s always Pokemon Go…

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