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Wine Country’s Ultimate Summertime Bucket List (100+ Kid-Friendly Things to Do)

summer bucket list

We know what you’re thinking…

Summer is here, and in short order so too will be the “I’m boooored” complaints. To combat that, we are providing our dear readers with a pretty massive list (and printable-below!) of Summer bucket list fun. There is so much to do in Sonoma and Napa that is both fun and cheap, or even free!

Summer Bucket List

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Find A Fair

  • Participate in one of the many fun pre-fair contests for the Sonoma County Fair, where winning means a free entry to the fair, and sometimes more! (Entries due by June 15th)
  • Head to Sebastapol on Thursdays the Barlow Street Faire,  and Children’s Village, where your kids (over five) can play and while you and your best guy or girl enjoy all the The Barlow has to offer.
  • Go watch the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair  (Fair Dates: June 22nd-26th)
  • Take a drive over to Sacramento for our State Fair! (July8-24th)
  • Kids get in FREE every Friday at the Sonoma County Fair (July 22nd-August 7th)

Get Out

summer bucket list

  • Take your toddler to Train Town and enjoy a little locomotive action!
  • Come to Doran Beach Campgrounds in Bodega Bay the Friday Night Kite Fly with demonstration kites, or bring your own.
  • Get Coastal in Tomales Bay with a Picnic and Oysters. When you book a picnic table with a grill, they provide oyster shucking tools, lemons, hot sauce, fresh grated horseradish, Hogwash and a complimentary shucking lesson (just ask).
  • Get your mom-chill on at two of the most mild beaches in the crisp and salty NorCal: Heart’s Desire (Tomales) and Doran (Bodega).
  • Grab Some Taffy at Patrick’s Taffy in Bodega Bay.
  • Check out one of the many Farmers’ Markets.
  • Stroll down Florence Avenue in Sebastapol and enjoy all the funky junk art from local artists, Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent.
  • Grab your binoculars and check out the Harbor Seals at Jenner and Goat Rock Beach.
  • Feed the Ducks at Howarth Park.
  • Go to a baseball game, in Sonoma!

Go In

Head Out of Town

Study Cinema


  • American Canyon Movies in the Park Fridays June through July, on Main Street! Showtime at dusk.
  • Napa Movies in the Park, starting in July at Veteran’s Park, on Saturdays.
  • Enjoy the cheapest movie theater experience with Summer Movie Clubhouse in Napa AND Novato where movies are only 1 dollar per person or $5 for 10!
  • The Town of Yountville Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to announce our “Hot Summer Movie Night Series” Once a month on Friday’s from June to October.


  • FREE Beat the afternoon summer heat and chill out in the library with our Summer Cinema in Healdsburg.
  • Reel Kids Summer Movie Series at Reading Cinemas, offers discounted tickets in Rohnert Park.
  • Bring our blankets for Outdoor Movies at Howarth Park- FREE, East Santa Rosa.
  • West End Movies at Deturk Round Barn Friday Nights, July through August.
  • Tuesday Night free movies, on the Green in Windsor.

free or cheap bucket listShake It Off


  • Napa City Nights Concerts downtown from 6:30-10 pm every Friday.
  • Yountville Music in the Park at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Sundays once a month from June to September.


  • Dance your cares away at Live at Julliard: Now celebrating its 23rd season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Julliard Park.
  • The Peacetown Summer Concert Series at Ives Park (Sebastapol) is just around the corner, FREE, beginning late June and continues all summer on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.
  • Head to Healdsburg for Tuesdays in the Plaza: A true community gathering, bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, FREE!
  • Downtown Cloverdale comes alive every Friday evening throughout the summer, with Friday Night Live at the Plaza and the Cloverdale Farmers Market, FREE.
  • Windsor Summer Nights hosts the The Windsor Farmers Market, complete with food trucks and lawn games, concert starts at 6 p.m, FREE.
  • Rockin’ Concerts take place each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and on a couple of Sundays in Village Court, FREE.

Keep it Simple

  • Host a Backyard movie night.
  • Build a backyard fort.
  • Make some art.
  • Picnic at the park.
  • Make a kite.
  • Run a lemonade stand.
  • Go berry picking.
  • Join Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program.
  • Start up the backyard firepit and make some Smores
  • Camp in the backyard!
  • Play some boardgames.
  • Make sun tea.
  • Write a letter.
  • Organize a “backyard grape stomp” in honor of our region!
  • Make some welcoming sidewalk chalk art, paint style.
  • Make a bird feeder with a pinecone, nut butter, and seeds.
  • Make some homemade ice cream in a bag.
  • Create a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
  • Host a neighborhood bike parade.
  • Make tie-dye t-shirts.
  • Make a kid “car” wash.
  • Host a neighborhood popcicle party with homemade popcicles.
  • Make some Giant Bubbles.
  • Go treasure hunting for a garage sale (in the garage).
  • Make some garden art.
  • Watch a movie series at home.
  • Have a sleepover.

Get Wet

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