With the change in weather and Spring here, are you looking for great outdoor family activities?
After being cooped up inside all winter long, your brain may have been hibernating as well and you’ve forgotten all of the easy ways you can get the family outside.
Check out these 10 ideas for family activities that you can do right now and get some outdoor bonding time with your spouse and children as well as reap the benefits of fresh air and sunshine.
10 Ideas for Outdoor Family Activities
In today’s cyber world of computers, smartphones and tablets, families are not spending near enough time outside. The benefits of walking and other forms of physical activity are many, and the dangers of sitting for extended periods of time can literally take years off of your life. Plus, your body actually begins to make important vitamin D when your skin is directly exposed to the sun. And it only takes 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine three times a week to produce all the vitamin D that a human being needs. So get outside already!
Go for a walk or a hike.
Getting out in nature and away from the electronic, connected world will do wonders for you and your family. And if you do not have access to mother nature, make the family walk a museum or aquarium trip with a “no phone” rule.
Plant a garden.
Why not begin a family garden and set aside dedicated time to spend tending to it? This can also be a great way to receive the benefits of fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Grab the bike.
Kids love bicycling, and as a parent, you know you can use the exercise. The perfect outdoor family activity, a quick 20 minute ride around the block or an extended trip on the local bike trail will deliver excellent physical fitness rewards, as well as a time to visit and bond as a family.
Go star gazing.
Don’t forget, outdoor family activities can take place at night as well. At StarDate.org you can access a list of year-round moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses and important planet viewing dates. Take the family in the backyard for some stargazing fun that can also be educational for both you and your children.
Pick up sticks.
It’s Spring and time to get the yard cleaned. Why not involve the whole family in picking up the sticks and branches that have fallen down over the winter. Kids love being included and can feel helpful, even if they only grab a twig or two.
Get the soccer ball (baseball) out.
You know you have sports equipment quietly sitting in your garage or basement. Wash off the old mud and get moving! Have your child make up her own rules for the game or even create a new one using the equipment.
Pitch a tent.
Camping is a great outdoor family activity for a lot of reasons. Teamwork, independence and other important life skills can be taught on a simple weekend trip, and the experience in the great outdoors is rewarding and enjoyable for both children and adults alike. If you have younger children, pitch the tent in the backyard. You don’t even have to sleep there overnight. Just having the experience of hanging out in the tent can be exciting for little ones.
Draw an obstacle course.
Now’s the time to get that sidewalk chalk that has been sitting in your garage all winter. Either you or your child can create an “obstacle” course on the driveway by drawing it out. Make a bridge you have to carefully walk over. Create lily pads you have to jump to without getting eaten by the alligators. Even through in a game of hopscotch in the middle. It’s your course, so make it fun, inventive and active.
You don’t need any equipment to play tag. And it can last for five minutes or half an hour, depending on the age of your kiddos. Add in an extra twist by playing “sardines.” This is where one person hides and the rest try to find him. Once an individual has found the person hiding, they join the hiding place until the last person finally discovers them.
Visit your local park.
It may seem obvious but why not make a trip to your local park? Or pick one you don’t usually go to to try something new. Parks have fabulous climbing equipment and can be a terrific place to run around and blow off steam.
Remember, getting your family together outdoors and away from cell phones and computers delivers multiple benefits. Your health is enhanced, and you can learn valuable insights about your family members. Schedule one of the outdoor family activities listed above as soon as possible, and enjoy the many rewards that the great outdoors has to offer.
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