Quad Cities Summer Bucket List


Summer can be bursting with activities and travel or it can be filled with long lazy days of doing much of nothing. I prefer a combination of both. We’ve got lots of options for a terrific Quad Cities summer. I 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. 

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.

 Quad Cities Summer Bucket List ideas

Go to the Food Truck Fight in LeClaire on June 18 or 19! There will be live music, lots of fun, and of course FOOD! Tickets are on sale now, and keep watch for a GIVEAWAY!

2021 Food Trucks:

  • Kelley Girls Woodfire Pizza (reigning champs)
  • Los Primos (2017 & 2018 champs)
  • Smokin’ G’s’ BBQ
  • Here’s the Scoop
  • Floyd’s Burgers & Sliders
  • Chuckies
  • The Hot Dog Guy
  • LoPiez
  • Mahala Sweet Treats
  • La Flama
  • Café Fresh
  • Just Cheddar

Plant a raised bed vegetable gardenquad cities summer fun gardening

Ride the Channel Cat -Boats will be running starting May 28 

Go for lots of walks and hikes along the river

Make homemade ice cream 

quad cities summer bucket list woman's lap holding ice cream shake with pink shoes
Whitey’s Ice Cream

Eat lots of ice cream

Create a spray park in our yard 

Have an outdoor movie night with friends. Or go to one of the many Movies in the Park that our municipalities are hosting

Make our own Summer Reading Program and join in on the local library’s.

Go camping

Get to a baseball game at Modern Woodman Park


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Eden Valley County Refuge

Enjoy the many trails the Quad Cities has to offer

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 homequad cities summer fun make snow cones

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 or at one of our local parks. This is hands down one of my kids’ favorite Quad Cities Summer ideas and it’s so simple. 

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!


  1. Hey, QC Moms, thanks for the shout out to summer reading programs! Our Reading Colors Your World summer information, including the downloadable summer guide and a list of reading ideas, is available at our website in the link below. We’re kicking things off Tuesday, June 1, from 3:30 to 6 pm with an outdoor “Curbside Colorama Kickoff.” It’s free and open to anyone. We hope to see some of you!

    Lisa Lockheart, Rock Island Public Library, 309-732-7303


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