In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to turn to screen time for relaxation. While technology is great, there's nothing like sharing an outdoor adventure with family members. Fun activities outdoors foster conversations and bring family members closer together.
This weekend, put the devices down and discover how one of these 8 family-friendly outdoor activities can bring you closer and create lasting memories.
1. Go Hiking
Immerse yourself in nature, spend quality time with the family, and get some fresh air and fantastic exercise with a family hike. Check your county and state parks for family-friendly hikes that offer wildlife viewing and stunning scenery. Some trails are even stroller-friendly so toddlers can enjoy the outing.
2. Have a Picnic
There's something about eating outdoors that makes the food and the company better. Pack an old-fashioned picnic basket with a sampling of your family's favorite sandwiches and sides and eat al fresco. No matter where you live, you're sure to find a suitable picnic area. Head for the city park, the countryside, or even your backyard, and let the conversations begin.
3. Whitewater Rafting
A whitewater rafting trip is a great way to bond with the family. As you steer the raft past boulders and paddle in the right direction, family members have to work together to solve problems and achieve a common goal. You'll find whitewater rafting adventures for everyone from thrill seekers to the more cautious. No experience is required, and it's age-appropriate for kids aged 5 and up.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Get the kids excited about nature and the outdoors with a competitive scavenger hunt. Make a list of items native to your area such as different types of rocks, leaves, flowers of a certain color, animal tracks, and bird feathers. Pick something more difficult like an empty bird's nest for the grand prize.
5. Outdoor Movie Night
On warm weekend evenings, an outdoor movie night under the stars is a unique way to spend time together. Pick a family-friendly movie and set up a sheet or screen and projector in the backyard (or bring out the TV.) Don't forget the blankets and the snacks.
6. Camping Out
Camping out in the great outdoors far away from technology is a fun family activity to enjoy together. You'll work together setting up the tent and make plans for things to do outdoors. After dark, you'll make s'mores or roast marshmallows by the fire and make up ghost stories.
7. Go Fishing
Fishing is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend time with the family, especially if you take home a fish or two to fry. Fish from the shore of a lake, by a stream, or from a boat. Be sure to follow all fishing regulations and provide lifejackets for all family members.
Biking is great exercise and a fun way to explore local, state, or national parks. Most major parks offer bike rentals and safety gear like helmets. Or if each family member has their own bike, take a long, leisurely ride through the neighborhood and stop for ice cream.