Saturday, June 23, 2012

Budget Friendly 20 Outdoor family activities

Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Take a walk on the wild side and stage a nature scavenger hunt. Head out to your favorite forest, desert, swamp or prairie and see who can find everything on the list first!

Make sidewalk art. Grab a bag of colorful chalk (or make your own sidewalk chalk!) and head outside. Everyone from babies to mom and dad will have a blast creating their own colorful universe.
Have a car wash. You can still have fun while taking care of household chores. Head out to the garage and soap up your car with the help of the whole family. Make sure everyone wears bathing suits because this is bound to be a sudsy affair!

Plant a garden. Been dying to plant a garden but can’t find the time? Summer is the perfect time to break ground with all your favorite helpers around. For extra fun, try planting a butterfly garden and enjoy the beauty of these gorgeous creatures all summer long.

Have a block party. Gather up your neighbors and head to the streets. Bounce houses, barbecue, music, games… It will definitely be a summer to remember.

Go bird watching. Grab some binoculars and a favorite bird book and head for your local forest. How many birds can you find in an hour? The race is on.

Build an obstacle course. Do you have a bunch of old boxes and other weird things clogging up your garage? How about taking all those random items out back and staging an obstacle course for the whole family. Grab a stopwatch and see who can make it through the fastest.

Have a water balloon fight. Sun beating down and looking for a way to cool off? How about filling up some water balloons and having the water balloon fight of the century?

Take a family hike. Don’t let the hot weather keep you indoors. Go exploring your favorite natural spot together as a family.

Fly kites. Keep an eye out for those windy days. They are perfect for kite flying. For extra fun, try making your own homemade kite.

Go on a bug safari. You don’t have to go far to go on a bug safari. Creep around in your backyard and see all the amazing things that live right there beneath your feet.

Have a bike parade. Invite the neighborhood gang over for a bike parade. Bust out the art supplies and give everyone a chance to decorate their bike with flags, streamers and more. When you are finished, parade around the neighborhood for everyone to see.

Go puddle jumping. Don’t let those rainy days get you down. Have everyone throw on a pair of galoshes and some old clothes and head outside. Your kids will be overjoyed when they find out you’re actually encouraging them to jump in all the puddles.

Take a night hike. It's summertime! Don't be afraid to break curfew and live life on the edge. Grab some flashlights and take a night hike, either just around your neighborhood or, even better, at your local nature preserve. Listen for all the sounds you hear only a night and keep at eye out for interesting night critters. Make sure to bring a few blankets also. After your hike, everyone will enjoy a few moments relaxing under the stars in the open sky.


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