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

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School’s out, which means 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 Albuquerque

Culture & Learning

Water Fun

  • Beat the summer heat at Watermania in Cliff’s Amusement Park.
  • 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 sprinkler (but keep in mind water restrictions from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.)
  • 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.
  • Pack up your bikes and hit the trails.
  • Meet up with friends at a park you’ve never visited before.
  • Go bowling! (Kids bowl free at Silva Lanes all summer long.)
  • 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.
  • Take the dog to Cottonwood Mall Dog Park after a nice, long walk.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Find a gym with childcare and try a new class.
  • Try a Mama & Me Yoga Class at Mindful Movement & Wellness.
  • Hit the paintball battlegrounds at Ruckus (now offering ultra low-impact gel blaster play for kids 6 and up.)
  • Join a playdate at the park through Summer Park Hops.
  • Find your target playing Laser Tag (and more) at Main Event.

The Great Outdoors

  • Float down the Rio Grande in a kayak, raft, or canoe.
  • Head to Tingley Beach and make a day of feeding the waterfowl, fishing, model 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.

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

Food Fun

  • Relax, dine, and splash at El Vado Plaza.
  • Eat a mouth-watering sweet roll from Frontier Restaurant.
  • 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 p.m. every day.
  • Pack a picnic to take to your favorite park or enjoy in your backyard.
  • Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  • Eat at one of Albuquerque’s many food trucks.
  • 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.
  • Visit Heidi’s Raspberry Farm to pick your own blackberries and raspberries.
  • Sleep in, and then head to brunch.

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; 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.
  • Mess-free painting for toddlers.
  • And if all else fails . . . screen time!

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



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