Summer Bucket List, Round 1

Events, activities, and ideas for living and learning this summer in Southeast Ohio! Please note – these links leave the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery website and we cannot guarantee their contents. If you have more ideas that you would like to see on Round 2, email us at

  • Make homemade bubbles

    Here’s a link to our favorite recipe – don’t forget the glycerin! PBS bubble activity

  • Run through a sprinkler

    (or fill up a kiddie pool to conserve water!)

  • Attend a concert Under the Elms

    with the OU “Communiversity” Band! Calendar Here.

  • Go Fishin'

    Children under 16 are free; more Ohio regulations here.

  • Check out the programs at your local library

    We humbly suggest the OVMoD Discovery Club: Monday, 06/19 at 3:00-5:00pm, Athens – Get Wired |Tuesday, 06/27 from 4:00-6:00pm, Albany – Movie Making Madness | Monday, 07/10 at 3:00-5:00pm, Nelsonville – Make it: 3D Printing | Monday, 07/17 at 3:00-5:00pm, Chauncey – Get Wired. More library fun at

  • Take everyone out to a Copperheads baseball game

    Here’s a link to the Copperhead Calendar.

  • Go for a family bike ride

    Start with the Adena Hockhocking Trail or take it off-road at Stroud’s Run.

  • Pack a picnic lunch

    Bring it to Lake Snowden, Dow Lake, or one of these spots in Athens County.

  • Make something amazing with the Athens Makers

    6-8pm Thursday nights in Clippinger 036 – Ohio University Athens campus all summer.

  • Catch a movie at Athena Cinema

    For family friendly films, see the Beat the Heat $2 Days

  • Cool off in the Athens City Pool...

    Details here.

  • ...or the Nelsonville Aquatic Center

    Make a splash!

  • Discovery Dash!

    Walk, run, stroll, or roll your way through a 5K to support the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery. Part of the Athens Fabulous Fourth Celebration. Register today!

  • Celebrate Independence Day

    Parades and Flags and Fireworks, oh my! Plus, the science of fireworks.

  • Download some family-friendly podcasts

    Especially great for those long car rides to your summer destination. Lots of good recommendations at

  • Build a solar oven

    Cook up some s'mores!

  • Make a bug keeper

    Catch, examine, and release insects! Re-use an oatmeal container, screen, and tape, or try out this design.

  • Play a round (or two or three) of mini golf

    Support Havar and have fun at Putt People First.

  • Tons of Trucks

    Free event on Saturday, June 24 at the Hocking County Fairgrounds.

  • Summer Camp

    Camp Watershed with Rural Action

  • Patriotic Concert

    With the Athens County Community Singers at Arts West!