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Explore the Outdoors! 8 Outdoor Activities That Are Good for Your Family’s Mind and Body

Explore the outdoors!

Spring has officially sprung which means temperatures warming up and the weather is enticing people to get outside. This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and discover what’s available in your own backyard. If your kids (or you) are itching to head outside, check out these eight family-friendly spring activities that can stimulate the mind and body.

Go camping in your backyard

Demand is high to camp in state or national parks, and it might be difficult to land a spot. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far for a camping adventure. Instead, host a family “staycation” and enjoy camping in your own backyard! Help your kids pitch the tent, unplug from your phones and tablets, and roast marshmallows over a backyard fire pit or camping stove.\

Hit the hiking trail 

Pack some snacks, water, and sunscreen, and take your family on a hike to enjoy the scenery and the feeling of getting lost for a little while.

Go geocaching as a family

Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt that your whole family can participate in. All you need is a GPS system and the coordinates of a cache before you can hit the town in search of treasure. Because geocaching is like a game, it’s perfect for kids. Encourage them to bring a small trinket or toy to leave in the cache for others to find later.

Get a little messy with crafts

Kids love craft time, and there are tons of educational and creative activities you can find online. However, some of them can create a big mess you don’t want in your house. When the weather is nice, set up a tarp or table outside and let your kids get a little messy! Now is the perfect time for slime, sidewalk paint, and bubbles thanks to easier cleanup.

Take the pup to a dog park

Our furry friends need to get out, too! Find your local dog park, and bring the family and pups out to play. Being there also gives you the opportunity to chat with other dog owners and get to know more of your neighbors.

Do a little birdwatching

Nature has lots to offer, including peace and quiet. Birdwatching can be a relaxing and fun hobby for people young and old. Purchase a simple birdwatching guide and binoculars, and head to your local park to help your kids identify the birds twittering in the trees. You can even make birdwatching into a game to get the little ones involved. Challenge them to identify as many birds as they can in a day, or make a list of common local birds and give them a stamp for each one they see.

Hold a backyard sports tournament

Don't let your kids lose their creative and energetic outlets during the break from school sports. Get the family together to host a sports tournament in the backyard. You can switch between your kids’ favorite games, like basketball, soccer, flag football, or even ping pong. Don’t forget to reward the winners with a small prize for their sportsmanship!

Take weekly field trips

It’s likely that your community has a ton of hidden gems, so take advantage of them by going on local field trips. Pick one day a week that works for your family, and head to a nearby museum, monument, park, or another interesting place. While there, teach your children something new about the place you’re visiting and why it’s important. You can even get your kids involved with planning by asking what they’re interested in and creating a field trip destination list as a family.

Getting outside and exploring your local community this spring can keep kids occupied, help you get exercise, and stimulate your minds. By making time for family outdoor activities, you can fight off boredom and help your children enjoy their spring in new ways!

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