Entertain the family outdoors with one of these fun outdoor activities for kids that the whole family can enjoy. As a result, everyone will come home happy and tired. Almost 60% of parents get stressed because they are trying to entertain their kids during the long summer break, according to a Groupon survey. Many parents resort to endless trips to their local indoor play center, in an attempt to both wear out and entertain their children. There are some great alternatives to this however, that don’t involve sitting in a noisy warehouse.
1. Skateboards and Scooters
The skate park isn’t somewhere for teenagers in hoodies anymore. Increasingly you are finding families heading to the park with their scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards for a couple of hours of fun. So, in the long summer vacation, head on over there with a picnic and you can easily make a day of it. Children as young as five or six will be quite happy whizzing about on their mini and micro-scooters. Helmets and kneepads are a must though!
2. The Trampoline Park
A trip to the trampoline park will definitely wear out your children. You burn around 250 calories an hour jumping around, so it will keep everyone fit too. There are so many great games that you can play on the trampolines too, from soccer, to Tag. When you are at the trampoline park, you can even sign the family up for a masterclass, learning lots of different acrobatic skills and tricks. You’ll want to go back every week to practice and show off your new skills.
3. A Game of Mini Golf
Every single state in America has mini-golf. It is a happy and wholesome game that big and little kids will enjoy. It has recently surged in popularity due to Holey Moley, a new extreme miniature golf challenge TV program that is hitting the ABC network this summer. Those Dutch windmills and tiny blue ponds have now become retro chic. So, get outside, everyone loves a game of mini-golf, it is great family fun that will get you outdoors.
4. Head to the Splash Pad
If you have toddlers, or little ones that can’t swim, then a Splash Pad is an ideal outdoor activity for your family. Everyone will delight in running through the spray jets and fountains, in an environment that is safe. Take along a picnic and you can really make a day of it!
5. Worldwide Geocaching
Geocaching is an amazing worldwide treasure hunt that is suitable for the whole family. Using GPS technology, you can find the geocaches that are hidden in some of the most interesting places. There are over 3 million that are spread through 190 countries. I have a friend who looks up geocaching opportunities before general sightseeing options when she visits a new locale.
Some of them are tiny micro caches that you can log on to the geocaching website. Some of the boxes are much bigger and may contain items like “travelbugs,” that are traveling a journey from one geocache to the next. And, when you find a geocache, you can leave your own travelbug for the next person to find.
Perfect for a vacation, this is a great hobby that gets everyone excited!
6. Outdoor Swimming
If you really want to burn off some energy, then swimming is perfect. In the summer months, steer away from the municipal pool and instead head down to the lake to take a dip in nature. If you’re wondering where the best place to go locally is, then check out the Outdoor Swimming Society website, or Wild Swim. When the weather is hot, all you’ll need to take are your swimsuits, towels and the sunscreen.
Depending how far you plan to venture out in the lake, don’t forget to bring life jackets for the family. Add a picnic, and you have the perfect day out for the whole family.