So you’ve resolved to spend more time outdoors with your family, but you don’t really know where to start. “Can I really take my two year old and my six year old up Mount Everest?” you ask yourself. Well the answer here is: you possibly can, but honestly, in most cases, you probably shouldn’t. The good news is that your kids don’t have to be professional extreme sports athletes for you to enjoy some time outdoors with your family. As a matter of fact, there are tons of awesome things that you can do to bring your family together and make some incredible memories together
Take a beach day at a lake or an ocean to build a sand castle, go fishing and teach your kids how to bait a hook, go canoeing, kayaking, or taking a lazy river innertube day down an actual river…take advantage of the weather in the summer and cool off, splash them when they least expect it, and remember a waterproof camera and tons of sunscreen. And PERFECT if you have access to a speed boat—tubing and waterskiing are incredibly fun ways to spend weekends with your family.
Lets say it together here: T-E-A-M-B-U-I-L-D-I-N-G. It isn’t just for corporate events anymore! Take some funny pictures together in your harnesses and helmets, joke around with the fun ropes staff (you have to be at least a little fun and crazy to hang out 30 ft. in the air all day) and teach your kids to be fearless and take chances, getting closer to them all the while. Ropes course facilities are meticulously upkept and the staff certification is rigorous to make sure that you are safe and sound during your high altitude adventure.
This might sound weird, but have you ever considered that some kids don’t know that food can come from somewhere other than a grocery store? Getting them more in touch with their farming roots (literally, roots.) can remedy this. Many towns and cities even have community gardens where you can rent out a little plot to cultivate tasty nourishment from the ground up. And, getting dirty and keeping that kind of commitment is great bonding time for a family. Even going to a local farm and picking fruit or vegetables can be a great time.
You don’t have to trek 30 mile days to enjoy an afternoon out on the trails. Pack a tasty lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen, and find some local hikes! Keep in mind that while kids sometimes seem to have an endless well of energy, you have to make sure that they are taking enough breaks and taking to water and calories they need.
Try a geocache hunt, birding, or even finding animal tracks and identifying different species in your area. Getting kids more involved in the environment will help them appreciate it more.
Visiting a new town
It is never a bad idea to take a little road trip to a new town, just to get a little change of scenery. Go on a mission to get a new postcard or magnet from a new place, or even just get your tourist on.
Keep it simple
Having fun with your family doesn’t have to be a huge production. It is complicated enough to remember everything you need for every possible situation that could go wrong, right? Even backyard camping or roasting hotdogs over an open fire for dinner can be a magical experience, bring about a lot of laughs, and bring you closer together.