6 Family-friendly Outdoor Activities and Adventures

6 Family-friendly Outdoor Activities and Adventures

Having a fun, out-of-the-ordinary time may be just outside your door.


Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook your own town as a destination. Whether it’s just outside the door or a few miles away, our cities often have fun secrets just waiting to be discovered!

1. Check Out the Local Farmers Market
If you haven't visited your local farmers market, you're probably missing out on some of the best produce around.

On top of fresh produce, farmers markets are more than just fruits and veggies! You can often find artisan cheeses, baked goods, beautiful flowers and crafts.

Finding a local farmers market near you is easy. Numerous websites can help you find the nearest farmers market by just inputting your ZIP code!

2. Catch a Sunrise Or Sunset
A sunrise or sunset is one of the most beautiful natural sights in the world and does miracles for rejuvenating spirits. Sit at the beach, stroll to the park or watch from an open meadow. Getting a little ways out of town can pay off big with a first-rate view.

3. Plan a Family Picnic
Picnics don't have to be fancy — even taking your lunch to a park is a great start. Keep a blanket in the trunk of your car to be picnic-ready anytime, or simply put your dinner on paper plates, grab a blanket and bring the feast outside.

To make a truly memorable family affair, select a local park that's new to you a week in advance — this gives more time for anticipation. Pick up a few special food items at the grocery store, such as string cheese, grapes, granola bars or yogurt-covered raisins. Tuck these into a basket with sandwiches and drinks and you’re good to go.

4. Become a Field Expert
Learning and the outdoors can go hand in hand — all you need is a subject of interest! Pick up a guide to plants and trees, birds or bugs and become an expert on the great outdoors.

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Also, check your local parks and recreation centers for free guided nature and garden walks.

5. Try Badminton, Bocce Ball or Croquet
Perfect for weekends or fun family nights, these outdoor games are great for various ages and fitness levels.

Play one-on-one or with a large group — fire up the grill and invite your friends and neighbors for an afternoon tournament.

6. Scavenge the Neighborhood
It’s easy to come up with a scavenger hunt. Simply write out a list of items available in your area at that time of year. Include easy items such as a stick, a flower, a garden tool, a ball, a garden glove, an acorn and a pebble. Also include more challenging items such as a rock with a fossil, a feather, a shell or a key. (You’ll probably have to plant some items in advance.)

Give your kids a bucket to carry their finds and they’re off. A hug makes a great prize, or perhaps the winner could get an extra story at bedtime.

Whether you’re out and about with the family or just doing something for yourself, you’re bound to find a new activity that’ll get you into the sun and enjoying the day. If it delights the kids, too, what more could a mom ask for?

Do you have any fun ways to get the family out of the house? Log in or register for P&G everyday and tell us in the comments section below!

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