Ideas for Park Activities
This week, we're celebrating by sharing some of our favorite park activities! These EASY park activity ideas and affiliate connections to a few of our favorite goods can make your next visit to the heart of nature a memorable one, whether it's a city, county, state, or national park!
Go Kite Flying
Kite flying is a lot of fun! As they get their kite in the air and try to keep it there (there's a lot of hands-on science involved ;), kids can investigate the science of kite flying with speed, air, lift, and drag. Everyone should attempt launching their kite into the wind while running through a vast open area at least once in their lives. If you don't already have one, check out some of these fantastic kits for kids, teens, and adults.
Go to a Different Playground
What could be more enjoyable than discovering a new playground? Perhaps having the entire place to yourself ;)A playground can teach kids a number of things, including communication skills, balance, coordination, and even how to overcome a fear (like when you reach the top of that tall slide and don't want to come down). Allow Mom or Dad to participate in the game as well — don't let the youngsters have all the fun! To explore what new playground equipment you can find, bring along this FREE printable playground scavenger hunt.
Go for a Picnic
One of the most popular park activities that you may enjoy with your friends, family, or your dog. It also doesn't have to be extravagant or extravagant — Simply grab a blanket (we adore this foldable waterproof picnic blanket!) and head to the park for lunch one afternoon. Your kids will talk about it for weeks, I promise!
Take a Hike on a Trail
Get out and discover a new path or one of the well-marked paths; be daring!Check the length of each path on your park's trail map and pick the one that best suits your family. Here are some of our favorite hiking tips for kids, as well as a FREE printable Nature Scavenger Hunt to take along (inspiration to keep them walking & looking for the next item ;)
Participate in a game
Bring a frisbee, football, or kickball to keep yourself active during your visit. Alternatively, try a new game like Slammo (a two-on-two outdoor game for older kids and adults) or the very fun Knock Off frisbee toss game!Alternatively, as a family, play a fun game of keep-away or tag.
Keep an eye on the wildlife
We observed a coyote on our trip around the park last week! Yes, right in the heart of the suburbs. Rabbits, birds of prey, deer, squirrels, and other creatures are commonly seen in the park, and children will love watching their activities. Bring this FREE printable Animal Observation Journal, a pencil/pen, and a set of Kids' Binoculars to get a closer look and record your wildlife findings!
Try Something Different
Keep an eye out for fun outdoor activities! On a recent excursion to a county park, we came across this'stick shelter,' and it was great to tuck in and explore for a while. You might come upon an animal you've never seen before, or a really interesting construction. Many National Parks feature historic mansions or monuments to explore, and some even have lighthouses!