With family outting options, we sometimes just need some ideas for family activities. The following are some ideas to enjoy outside the home.
Depending on your childrens ages and what time of the year it is, preferred activities will differ. Regardless of age, though, we all want our family outing (usual spelling) to be fun and add to our parent-child relationship in a positive way.
As I write, we have just come through summer and, equipped with our favorite Sun Hats, and the heat, we've enjoyed the relief swimming brings. Other days, we all rode our bikes through our local park to the splash pad. Days when we planned a longer bike ride we used our third wheel
for our 4 year old.
With a little planning for snacks and a change of clothes it makes for an outing that is fun and healthy, even boosting endorphins being outside in the sun.
Camping combines the best of summer and is a very kid-friendly idea for family fun. When shopping for a campground check what they have to offer. Some have bike trails, playgrounds, kids activities and boating.
Our last camping trip had a different free teaching program each day. They were taught by knowledgeable, friendly staff about a variety of animals indigenous to the area. We attended as a family and all four of us found it interesting and fun.
Do you have a nature area with a pond in your area? An outdoor science lesson becomes pretty exciting when you get to witness spring tadpoles becoming small frogs and growing into large croaky frogs as summer progresses. Kids find it pretty exciting to use a bug exploration kit
to carefully catch little creatures and examine them up close.
There are many family-friendly establishments - some at a price and some free. The library is a place that kids can grow to enjoy from a very young age. Libraries hold free weekly childrens programs that help foster a love for books and help little kids learn to be around other little ones. A weekly trip to the library with your kids also can add structure to your agenda, as they anticipate the regularity and know what to expect, looking forward to reading cuddle time.
Have you thought of purchasing a year's membership to your city zoo? Zoos combine the education of world animals, relaxation of beautiful surrounding conducive to communication and fun. We find our yearly membership quite economical as our zoo also has a "kids zone" with a petting zoo, playground and an elaborate splash pad.
With the progression of fall comes the change of leaves - it's gorgeous! A family hike at a nature conservation area gives even young children the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of creation.
Do you experience a snowy winter where you live? Ice skating and tobogonning provides great family fun in winter.
In spring-time here in Canada we have maple syrup festivals at various parks. Here you can see how maple syrup is made and have a taste. If you don't have this in your country maybe you have other places open to the public that gives you a window into history or how something is made.
Qualifying as an outing also for our kids, is a trip to Grandma's house. This is precious time too as they grow in their appreciation and love for grandparents.
It probably is not so much what you do for family fun but rather the time spent. Both quality and quantity spent together will make your family activities something your kids will remember forever.
Whatever you do, make your family outting (family outing) a time to bond and maintain that bond with your kids. Leave the media at home - take out those ear buds and turn off the DS and have some family fun.