Seven Ideas For Outdoor Activities With The Family |

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
A lot of children spend a lot of time indoors now, playing video games, instead of playing outside. A great way to help them get outside is to find some things to do in the fresh air as a family. The whole family can get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, and create some lasting memories together. Here are some ideas to get outside.




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Go on a bike ride. 
If you don’t own bikes, hire some, and set off for a cycle ride. There are lots of bike trails in the countryside and in cities, where you can ride on flat paths, away from traffic. Cycling is good exercise and can be a lovely way to see the countryside. Pack a picnic and make a day of it, with some stops for lunch and snacks along the way.

Horse riding. 
Pony trekking is suitable for beginner riders, or if you’re already an equestrian family, you could plan a hack to go on together. Kit the kids out in gear from Ariat, and enjoy some beautiful country views from horseback. If you have kids who are interested in horses, this can be a good way for them to learn more about them, and see if riding lessons would be a worthwhile investment.

Wild swimming. 
Wild swimming is a popular summer pastime, and is more exciting than swimming at the local pool. Wild swimming is swimming in outdoor bodies of water, like rivers, lakes and oceans. Search on some wild swimming forums to find somewhere safe to swim near you. If you do swim in rivers, beware of currents and only take children who are strong swimmers.

Fly kites. 
If the weather is windy, head out to an open space and fly kites. Kite flying can be great fun, and gives the kids the opportunity to learn about how flight works and how to make the most aerodynamic kite. Kite flying is great for some fresh air and a run around outside.

Go for a scavenger hunt in nature. 
Go to the park or a local forest with works and give the kids a list of things to find. Depending on the season, you could include things like leaves in certain colors, flowers, nuts, or pretty stones. You can teach them about trees and plants as they search. Make it a competition, with a treat in the cafe at the end, like a round of hot chocolates.

Go classic and draw a hopscotch board on the pavement. 
Teach the kids a game from your childhood, and join in too. You can have a fun afternoon outside, with some physical activity, and have a laugh as a family.

Work in the garden. 
If you’re a keen gardener, give the kids a small area to be in charge of themselves. Get them involved in choosing what to plant, helping them learn about nature and some responsibility for a living thing. They’ll love being a part of something you enjoy doing.





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