Quad Cities Summer Bucket List (Social Distancing Friendly)


Summer is a traditionally busy time.  This summer looks like it might be a lot slower paced than in years past, with many things looking different in this unprecedented era of COVID-19. I still love the concept of creating a Summer Bucket List or a Super Summer Challenge though, to keep things fresh and new, as well as to stave off boredom. We’ve tried to do our best to come up with ideas we can do as a family while still practicing social distancing. 

A Summer Bucket List should feel fun and energizing, not like a burden! If it seems too hard right now to think of something fun to do or to even the concept of having fun out and about right now, I hear you! Give this a hard pass then. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for ways to break up the monotony and give your daily routine a boost, then a Quad Cities Summer Bucket List that is social distancing friendly might be just the ticket.  

Perhaps it will 

  • Allow you to not worry so much about keeping a routine!
  • Ensure your kids will get to do some fun things this summer, including some things they’ve picked themselves.
  • Give you some intentional family time to make great memories together.

Some of our Summer Bucket List ideas

Plant a raised bed vegetable garden

Ride the Channel Cat -Boats will be running at approximately half capacity starting May 29 with the goal of making sure families can ride together safely. 

Visit Niabi Zoo as soon as it opens

Go for lots of walks and hikes along the river

Make homemade ice cream 

Eat lots of ice creamquad cities summer bucket list woman's lap holding ice cream shake with pink shoes

Create a spray park in our yard if the municipal ones won’t open

Have an outdoor movie night with friends

Make our own Summer Reading Program if the libraries aren’t able to open

Go camping

Get to a baseball game at Modern Woodman Park


enjoy quad cities area trails summer bucket list
Eden Valley County Refuge

Enjoy the many trails the Quad Cities has to offer

See a summer concert

Go fishing 

Visit the fountain at Vander Veer Park

Practice yoga in the park by taking our mats and an iPad to watch a virtual teacher

Take a bike ride by the river

Plant a garden

Make snow cones at home

Enjoy Kurbside Kona Ice when possible

Be sure to do some things just for me from an Adult Summer Bucket List

Go on a road trip 


Have a picnic in the yard. 

We’d love to see what is on your Summer Bucket List!  Whether it’s Pinterest perfect, or scribbled by a nine-year-old on a chalkboard, I can’t wait to see your ideas for Quad Cities Summer Fun, social distancing style. 

If you need some great ideas, check out our post of free, family fun in the Quad Cities!

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Jessica is a home educator and owner of QC Moms. She lives in a geriatric, temperamental Victorian home with her six children ages 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 and 5. She is passionate about natural living, homeschooling her wild and free children, gentle parenting, and trying to glorify God in her daily life. If there is any time left over, she enjoys reading, her planner, reading, cooking, writing, baking, Netflix and Facebook, reading, and learning new things. She used to write at http://www.farmfreshjessica.com.


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