18 Funny Bucket List Ideas That’ll Make You Crack Up

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A bucket list is a checklist of items that people would like to complete before they die. It gets its name from the colloquial term “kick the bucket”, which is a euphemism for death. 

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Some people stack their bucket lists with lofty goals and ambitions. You might want to publish a novel or cure cancer. But a bucket list shouldn’t be a tedious slog. It should help you and your loved ones form some joyous memories. Here are some ideas on fun bucket list activities you can perform with friends and family members.  

Funny Bucket List Ideas for Families and Couples

Couples or people with young kids often shy away from talking about death. But these are the people who should be having these conversations. A bucket list can be a great way to introduce topics like mortality, especially when the items on the list are fun and humorous.  

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1. Establish family game nights

Technology is both a blessing and a curse. We all have handheld devices we can use to keep ourselves occupied.

But that means we don’t spend as much time engaging one another. Start an old fashioned weekly family game night with board games and charades. It’s an excellent tradition to establish. Games like charades can often turn hilarious. 

2. Get cooking

Almost every family has a special recipe that has been passed down through the generations. Make sure to keep that tradition alive by teaching those recipes to new generations.

Baking is a great activity to do with family members of all ages. It becomes even more special when it’s a beloved family recipe. 

3. Go on a family vacation

Some of our best memories are formed on family vacations. Maybe you go to the same house every summer for a family reunion. Maybe you like to explore the country by going on different road trips. Read up on how to make a travel bucket list and plan a fun getaway. 

4. Go on a date to a comedy club

Do you and your partner love to have a good laugh? Go on a date night to a comedy club. Laughter actually triggers the release of endorphins.

Endorphins are the natural feel-good chemicals your body produces. This can, in turn, boost your romantic connection to your partner. It will be a fun and memorable date that may even strengthen your relationship. 

5. Go stargazing

Stargazing is actually an incredibly versatile activity. If you go with a spouse or partner, it can be dreamy or romantic. If you go with your family, it can be educational.

It can even be funny if you have a contest to see who can invent the silliest constellation. Compare the imaginary and real constellation stories to see what ones are the coolest. 

6. Have a sandcastle building contest

A beach trip is always a fun thing to do with kids. You can amp up the fun by having a sandcastle building contest. Do simple drip castles with smaller kids, or do more elaborate constructions with older kids. Be sure to take pictures so they can remember their castles in the future!

Funny Bucket List Ideas for Kids or Students

Many parents and teachers are always looking for fun ways to keep kids entertained. Sit down with them and put together a bucket list. These could include fun activities to do on weekends or in the summer. Doing bucket list activities with kids can be a great family bonding activity.

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7. Visit a u-pick farm

It can be both fun and educational for kids to learn about where their food comes from. Visit a local farm that allows kids to pick produce. They can learn about agriculture and pick fruits or veggies and bring them home.

Continue the educational process by teaching them recipes where they can utilize their produce. It gives them an understanding of how much work goes into producing food in a fun and accessible way. 

8. Grow a garden

If you have a big backyard, you can also teach kids about growing by planting produce or flowers. Even if you don’t have outdoor space, you can cultivate a small indoor herb garden. These are valuable life lessons that will stay with kids for a long time. 

9. Create a family tree

We all have a deep need to understand our roots and where we came from. Putting together a family tree is a great way to do that.

You can share family stories both serious and funny. Kids will enjoy getting a new perspective on what their own parents were like as youngsters.  

10. Visit a theme park

Theme parks can be fun for kids of all ages. Your children and your inner child alike will delight in shrieking their way through roller coasters. You can also find joy in encountering your favorite characters. 

11. Have an arts and crafts day

You can find fun crafts to do for people of all ages and all levels of artistic ability. One fun thing to do is have a coloring contest. Get kids and parents alike to color in the same picture and judge a favorite. You can also ask kids to color silly self-portraits. 

12. Introduce kids to your favorite old movies

It’s hard to keep up with everything your kids watch. Sometimes, it can be fun to expose them to things you loved when you were a kid.

Movies are an especially great way to do this. They’ll get a kick out of seeing how far movies have come in the last 30 years or so. Classic animated movies are a big hit with kids. You can also do kid-friendly live-action movies like Hook or The Goonies.

Funny Bucket List Ideas for Friends

When you’re young, it’s just second nature to go on adventures with your friends. As you get older, it’s hard to carve time away from your family or career. But friends are an important part of our lives that should be prioritized. Make a bucket list with your friends and make adventures happen again. 

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13. Take an epic road trip

You can really get to know someone by taking a vacation with them. Road trips are a really good way to bond with a friend.

You’ll have plenty of time to talk while you’re en route to a shared destination. The sky is really the limit on where you can go—it’s all about your shared interests. Go for a spa getaway, or check out antique stores. It will be relaxing fun, with plenty of laughs along the way. 

14. Explore your artistic side

Tons of places are popping up that cater to adults who dabble in art. You can learn to paint, or make your own pottery.

Many of these places even encourage you to bring beer and wine. Grab your best pal, hop in an Uber, and sip some cocktails while you let your inner Picasso shine! Hopefully, the laughter won’t be at your artistic skills. 

15. Get to know each other better

When we make friends as teenagers, we often talk for hours until we know everything about one another. As an adult, our boundaries are different. We often stick to more surface topics. As a result, our adult friendships are sometimes less deep and not as enduring. If you really connect to a friend though, you can get to know each on a more profound level.

Alternate between asking serious questions that make you think and silly questions designed to provoke a smile. You’ll get to know one another on a much deeper level.  

16. Have a sleepover for adults

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than having your friends over for a sleepover. You can recreate that experience as an adult, too! Invite your friends over for an old-fashioned slumber party with a twist.

You can buy matching pajamas for your guests for a fun souvenir. Give each other pedicures, gossip, and watch silly movies. You can even make root beer floats with hard root beer for a boozy, adult version of a classic. 

17. Get matching tattoos

Romantic partners come and go, but friendship is forever. You can commemorate a lifelong friendship by getting matching or coordinating tattoos. Some clever friendship tattoos include a lock and a key or the sun and a moon.

You can also get tattoos that look like friendship necklaces that slot together to make a heart.   

18. Go people watching

It’s always fun to imagine what people’s interior lives are like. What’s their background? What do they do for a living?

It can be even more fun to speculate when you’re with a friend. Go out for coffee and invent your own stories about the people you see. You’ll be sure to crack each other up as you come up with increasingly outlandish backstories. 

Lighthearted Bucket List Ideas for Friends, Family, and Couples

People don’t always like to confront their mortality. Making a bucket list can be a great way to broach the topic in a more lighthearted way. At the end of your life, you want to know that you’ve had a lot of fun and packed in tons of experiences. Completing bucket list items with your family and friends is a great way to build memories. 

If you're looking for more bucket list inspiration, read our guides on the best bucket list gifts for a serial bucket list doer or traveler or the best fall bucket list ideas.

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