In a fast paced technology driven world, it can be easy to become disconnected and distracted from the people in our lives. One of the best ways to reconnect and renew those all-important family relationships is by getting out into the great outdoors. Whether you seek activities full of action and adventure or something more laid back and relaxing, there are definitely outdoor activities that will help bring your whole family together.
Here are 5 Outdoor Activities that Bring the Whole Family Together
There is nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire, telling stories, and then sleeping under the stars. Whether an experienced outdoorsman or a total novice, camping provides amazing bonding opportunities. It can be as basic as a tent in your own backyard, as adventurous as camping in a national park, or as social as renting a camper and going to a campground. Find the right fit for your family and enjoy.
Plan a Bike Ride
Bike riding is fun, family-friendly, and a great source of exercise. Like camping, there are all different levels of riding difficulty, so there is something suitable for all family members. If you have older kids and seek adventure, you could head out on a long road trip or a rustic mountain bike trail. If you have young children, or just prefer an easier ride, you can check out a local bike trail or even just ride around the neighborhood. With the use of bike trailers, seats, and tricycles, nearly any age or skill level can participate. Pack a snack and you can stop part way and enjoy a picnic snack.
Have a Family Field Day
In schools across America, kids celebrate the culmination of a successful school year with field days. These are days full of fun races, games, and other activities. Field days do not have to be a thing of only schoolyards. Plan a field day with your family. Lay out obstacle courses, plan races, and other fun activities. Consider inviting other families to participate and turn it into a friendly competition. Then get outside and have some cooperative and competitive fun.
Create a Relaxing Day Spa
If you want to get outdoors but prefer a quieter environment, consider putting together your own day spa at home. Things such as a pool, jacuzzi, and sauna are all popular at-home spa items. There are also some smaller, less expensive additions to your home spa such as candles or oils for aromatherapy, cushions or massage chairs, and sound machines or relaxing music for meditation. If you design a spa at home, a local spa dealer can help you with design, installation, and periodic maintenance to keep things up and running smoothly.
Gardening is a productive outdoor hobby that nearly anyone of any age, interest, or skill level can enjoy.Your family could start with something very basic, such as a small flower patch or even pots on your patio. Do some research ahead of time and plant flowers that attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that kids and adults alike enjoy watching. If gardening is something you already enjoy or want to get into more, create a vegetable garden, herb garden, or strawberry patch. Berry plants, such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are typically popular among kids and relatively easy to maintain, depending on the growing season in your area. If you have small children, let them choose some things to plant. Some fun suggestions, depending on your space, include sunflowers, pumpkins, and popcorn. Your family will benefit and your kids will be thrilled with the harvest.
While it is not always easy or convenient, engaging in quality family time is well worth the effort. With plenty of things in the world to pull family into a million different directions, some time outdoors can help ground and reunite everyone.
What are your favorite Outdoor Activities your whole family loves?
This is a guest post. Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700