As springtime rapidly approaches and the weather gets better, a whole new opportunity for outdoor activities arise. Do you struggle to get your kids off of their video games and outside? When getting into outdoor activities, you have to make sure that all of your family will enjoy them. No one wants to get outside and do something they hate. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your family, figure out what they want to do, and plan around that.
Here are seven outdoor activities that you can do with your family this spring:
Kayaking is a great outdoor family activity that you should try. Getting out onto the water allows you to explore the beauties of the land around you, while also giving you and your family the time to talk. Kayaking is a safe water sport that can become even safer with proper technique and training. The guides and tips from the experts at WhiteWaterCoach.com can be your information source if you want to know more about kayaking. If you are worried about the safety of your child, you can get a two-person tandem kayaks and have your child sit behind you. But make sure they take part in the activity as the reason why your kids will love kayaking is that they can paddle hard and race up ahead, or they can relax and take it nice and slow, doing it at their own pace. Get you and your family out on the lake, enjoy the sun, and have some fun kayaking together.
Similar to kayaking, stand up paddleboarding is becoming all the rage in society today. Whenever you go out on a lake, you can almost guarantee you will see someone standing on a board in the water paddling away. Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to get outside into nature, experience the landscape, and get some sun. While it is not difficult to do, balance is required, and you and your family will have fun learning how to stand-up paddleboard. Try this out in the spring for a great fun filled afternoon.
Appealing to the kids is vital when planning outdoor activities. When telling a child that you are going to go hiking, you will be met with anger, sighs, and reluctance. Telling a child that you are going to go geocaching however, will yield a much different result. What is geocaching? Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which you hunt or search for a hidden object through GPS coordinates that are posted onto a website. While geocaching does contain plenty of hiking, the thrill of finding treasure or discovering something will keep them going. For an even better family friendly result of this activity, look to create your own geocaching adventure at a local park. Hide some objects that your family will love, post the coordinates for them to see online, and get out there exploring. Try to hide the objects at the coordinates so other people will not pick them up. Your family will love this activity and soon they will be wanting to get out to the next one.
Biking is the more extreme form of hiking and walking. If you struggle to get your children outside because those two activities seem boring, then biking is the activity for you. With proper bikes, your family will be able to partake in trails at whatever speeds they see fit and either make it a relaxing activity, or an extreme activity. Look into bike trails and bike paths near you and take your family out for a spin.
Fishing can be a great time for the whole family and give you that much needed bonding time with them. As fishing is very relaxing and is not active, it gives you that time to really connect with them and ask them how they are doing. You can plan a whole day around fishing, as you can bring some food to barbecue, and some drinks for the older ones in the family. Get yourselves out fishing in the spring for a great family outdoor activity.
If you have a few days open that you want to spend with your family, camping is one of the best family friendly activities out there. Building a tent together is sure to bring your family together, and nothing is better than sitting around a campfire at night roasting marshmallows and singing songs. Being away from technology for a few days as well, helps your children get away from all the bad effects video games. Look into camping this spring and have a great trip with your family.
Have a picnic
Finally, have a nice picnic with your family. Find out the foods that your family loves, pack them up, and drive off to your local park. Bring a soccer ball and a frisbee as well to add some activity and sport. Nothing brings families together like having a meal outdoors and playing your favourite sports.
There are plenty of great outdoor activities for you and your family to try, you just have to figure out which one is best suited for you. From extreme activities, to low energy activities, there is something for every family. Regardless of the activity chosen, the most important part about any of these, is that you are able to spend time with your family.
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