Between business emails, basketball practices, exercise, cooking, and cleaning, it can be difficult to find time for activities that the whole family to enjoy together. However, it is so important to make time for family fun and bonding. There are endless fun activities to do with kids but here are seven fun outdoor family activities that your family is sure love. Some can even be done outside in your own back yard.
Fun Outdoor Family Activities:
Host a Family Olympics
The Olympics were created as a way to bring people together. So why not bring your family together with your own version of The Games? Tailor your Family Olympics to the interests and talents of your family members.
Are your kids big into sports? Do you enjoy playing card games or board games? Perhaps a Wii Dance showdown is the ticket? Whatever works for you and your brood, hype it up and have fun with it. Be sure to include medals and opening and closing ceremonies, for good measure. Your family will have so much fun preparing and participating in your family Olympics. You can do just your immediate family or meet at a local park for an extended family Olympics event.
Family Picnic Outdoors
Sometimes the simple things are the best things. When the weather is nice, grab a basket, a blanket, and a Frisbee and an open outdoor space or park. Enjoy some lovely sandwiches and treats with your kids. Then you can toss a Frisbee or football together or go on a nature scavenger hunt. You can also bring along some printable nature bingo cards for added fun. There is nothing like getting out of the house on a beautiful day.
Go to the Zoo
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the majesty of the animal kingdom. Parents and children alike can have fun exploring the different species on display at the local zoo. If your son likes reptiles and your daughter likes big cats, there is something for everyone.
Make a day of it together. Pack lunches, water, and your camera to capture all the fun experiences. Be sure to check out the various educational presentations and exhibits too. A trip to the zoo is always a favorite of our fun outdoor family activities. Who says you can’t have fun and learn at the same time?
Tailgate at a Football Game
Football has become an American pastime and it is an fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy. From peewee games to the big leagues, taking your family out to a game is a great way to get out of the house, up off the couch, and in the crisp fall air. If you are near a college or professional stadium, consider tailgating before the game. You can cook up some delicious burgers on the grill, paint your kids’ faces (and your own!) and all get in the spirit of the sport together.
Hike Local Trails
You don’t have to be a Thoreau to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of nature. But he was definitely on to something when he applauded simplicity and the quietude of the natural world. Tune in to that world by tuning out. Take your family away from their video games, Netflix shows, and YouTube videos and spend the day in nature hiking without any distractions from your family time.
Most areas have local trails and park routes. Go for a family hike along these trails together. Pack some water and a few snacks or lunches, and lace up those sneakers. There will probably be some grumbling, but the fresh air and exercise will be refreshing and you will strengthen your family bonds with that time spent together. And looking back, hiking new trails may just be the most memorable of fun outdoor family activities.
Host A Family BBQ
Nothing brings a family together like food. Whether you are all so busy that everyone gathered around a meal that isn’t Chinese takeout is a rare, or you have family dinner regularly, preparing a family cookout can be a fun activity for everyone.
Plan the meal out together. Keep it simple so that you can relax and enjoy the cookout but include a few family favorites and have everyone work together to provide a different element of the dinner or the dinner table setup. The kids will enjoy the treat and have fun making their favorite foods with you.
Draw Your Family Tree
Get outside with a big roll of paper or a few poster boards and some markers. Take time to go over a little family history together. Tell the stories of your grandparents and what you know about them as the kids draw out the connections. For children, drawing a big tree is a fun craft and they will be excited to make all the connections and learn more about their family ties and history and origins.
If you have older kids, encourage them to participate by telling stories about different family members. Show them pictures of you when you were a kid, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, and then take pictures of them to include on your tree. Family history doesn’t have to be dry. Get creative and have fun with it. Your kids will enjoy the activity and learn more about their family.
Trip to the playground
My kids always love the playground whether it is in my backyard or the big huge neighborhood Red Caboose playground. We almost always play tag while we are there! One of their favorite family time activities is for me to be a “monster” and chase them around the playground. Go figure!
TTrip to the Nature Center
We love to go exploring together hiking the trails and checking out the ponds and creeks for critters! We have spent countless hours doing this. We like seeing what birds we can spot and finding unusual plants to look at. My kids also love playing in the dirt and mud.
I hope you enjoy these ideas for fun outdoor family activities. Do you have favorite outdoor family activities to add to the list? Please share them in the comments!