Top 100 things to do this summer in Charleston SC-{charleston sc summer bucket list}

Don’t hear your kids say ‘I’m bored’ this summer! Check out my list of 100 things to do this summer! Some are local, some are no matter where you live, but all are ideas to get you thinking of things to do for the next 2.5 months all the while making some fun memories together.

Let’s do this Summer 2018!

1 Go to the beach. Folly, IOP, Kiawah, Sullivans. So many options

2 Explore Charlestons alleys

3 Splash Pad at local parks ($1 per person entry)OR the fountains downtown-FREE(waterfront park)

4 $1 Movies (most regal cinemas or Imax)

5 Charleston pink house hunt

6 Charleston orange house hunt

7 watch a sunset

Pool Day

9 Ice-cream outing. Some cool places to try in Charleston are Ice & Pan or Jeni’s splendid ice cream

10 Spend a rainy morning at barnes and noble

11 Fiesta day-eat at a mexican restaurant or make tacos at home-let the kids do a piñata at home. Make homemade maracas

12 Make a Campfire in the back yard and do smores

13 Charleston childrens museum day

14 Explore Charlestons squares/downtown green space-Marion Square, Washington, Theodora Park, Wragg Mall, Wragg Square, Chapel Street Fountain Park, Cannon Park to name a few

15 Get a Pelicans snoball

16 Family bike ride-in your neighborhood or take them some place new and explore

17 Visit one of Charleston’s waterparks- Palmetto Islands for the youngest kiddos, James Island for in between, and Wannamaker for the older ones

18 Go Hiking! Daniel Island has a days worth of fun trails to explore

19 Make a morning of Doughnut fun! Treat the kids to Krispy Kreme, get some hats, and bring some home for the next days breakfast

20 On a cloudier day, lay out a blanket in the shade and cloud watch

21 Give the kids $5 and browse the target $1 section

22 Playground hopping. Find your top 5 and visit them all in a day

23 Set up an outside art station! Put on an old white tee and let them get messy. Paint paper, the shirts, or their own bodies! Hose them off outside when they’re done but take a photo first 😉

24 Feed the ducks at hampton park

25 Have a hula hoop contest with a popsicle prize for all

26 Make some tie dye shirts

27 Set up a backyard waterslide

28 Buy balloons and make a wish before setting them free

29 Find a small town parade to attend

30 Attend all the town Farmers Markets. Downtown has one every Saturday morning at Marion Square

31 Living room fort/campout. Build the biggest and best, and let the kids sleep in it one night

32 Spend the morning at the library picking out books and movies

33 Have an ice cream sundae bar at home

34 Go out for a slice of pizza-Andolinis or Mellow are my faves!

35 Have a photo shoot with your kids. Even with your cell phone, set the timer and go for it

36 Buy a watermelon from a local stand and have a seed spitting contest

37 Take a Road Trip!! From Charleston some good ones are-Savannah, Sumerville, Beaufort, Georgetown or Bluffton

38 Go Bowling

39 Pack a morning or evening picnic-find a park you’ve never been to

40 Catch a sunrise

41 Catch a few river dogs games

42 Visit Charlestowne Landing and visit the zoo

43 Check out the Magnolia Gardens Zoo and walk around among the shaded trails

44 Take a Trolley tour downtown

45 Set up a tent in the backyard

46 Family game of basketball-around the world or h.o.r.s.e/come up with your own words

47 Grab the ball gloves and play some catch

48 Ride out to Bee City and check out all the animals

49 Buy some of the $1 kites at dollar general and head to the park or your own backyard. They are perfect for little kids!

50 Take a train ride somewhere close like Savannah for the day

51 Cook or bake together

52 Drive in at sonic for a mini milkshake or slush and let the kids sit in the front with you

53 Pick some fresh flowers together and make a vase for your table

54 Visit the Edisto Nature Center

55 Road trip to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia

56 Visit the SC Aquarium

57 Walk through the graveyards downtown

58 Go fishing

59 Catch lightning bugs

60 Do some morning yoga together

61 Print out some favorite photos and make collages together-then frame them

62 Play tic tac toe with outdoor chalk on the sidewalk

63 Make your own popsicles

64 Make bracelets-head to michaels for beads and string

65 Plan a weekend Staycation-stay some place you’ve always wanted to for just one night

66 Decorate cupcakes or cookies

67 Run through sprinklers

68 Family summer exercise every morning or evening. Always a good way to start or end a day

69 Make homemade cards for family members

70 Make an outdoor obstacle course

71 Go on a downtown alphabet hunt. Bring a camera & a notebook

72 Paint rocks you collected

73 Spend a day at Frankies riding go carts and water boats +mini golf

74 Walk on the pier-Folly is my favorite

75 Climb the observation deck at Palmetto Islands County Park +walk the trails

76 Spend a day at Kiawah’s Fresh Fields Village and visit the beach

77 Drive to Edisto for the day

78 Take the ferry to Fort Sumter

79 Take the kids on a horse and carriage ride through downtown

80 Take a Bike Taxi-the long route

81 Go Rollerskating in Summerville

82 Visit the Angel Oak on Johns Island

83 Enjoy a morning walk down the West Ashley Greenway

84 Explore the shops and restaurants of West Ashley’s Windermere Shopping Center

85 Go taste honey at Savannah Bee Company on King Street

86 Check out city views from atop Charlestons parking decks!

87 Walk the Shem Creek Pier at sunset and watch for Dolphins

88 Take a walk down the Pitt Street Bridge all the way to the end

89 Walk the Ravanel Bridge Walkway

90 Make a big breakfast together for supper

91 Make an at home Taco Bar

92 Watch a Battery Sunset near the Coast Guard Station and watch them take down the flag for the evening

93 Clean out old clothes and donate them

94 Spend some time on the porch or back deck coloring together

95 Go to a Japanese restaurant where they cook in front of you

96 Paint a birdhouse. You can usually find all sorts of things to paint at Michaels craft store

97 Make Lemonade together and sit on the front porch and play 21 questions

98 Celebrate christmas in July-turn on christmas music, let the kids make a mid year list, drink hot chocolate(iced), and make a summer ornament to remember the day

99 Make your own moon sand

100 Visit mom or dad at work! Make treats for their co-workers and surprise them. Take him/her out to lunch


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