Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Activities as a Family

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What did you do for fun when you were a child?  I remember spending a lot of time outside, bouncing a ball against my grandparent’s garage door, riding my bike, swimming and playing with my neighborhood friends. Now, with three kids of my own, I realized that everything they were doing involved technology.  They constantly had a phone, a tablet or a laptop in front of their face, doing something meaningless like watching a youtube video or playing a game.  So, 2 weeks ago we made a change and we couldn’t be happier.

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Trading in Online Time for Outdoor Time

We decided to limit their wi-fi access.  Instead of allowing them to use it whenever they wanted to, we cut them down to an hour a day.  It was the best decision we’ve ever made.  Not only has it stopped them from doing a lot of meaningless activities, but it’s also forced them to find other things to keep themselves entertained and it’s allowed us to spend more time as a family, doing fun things outdoors.

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Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Activities as a Family

  1. Bike Riding: Bike riding can be fun and is great exercise! The girls put on their helmets (safety first) and ride around our neighborhood.
  2. Sports: My oldest wants to try out for her school volleyball team, so Dad has been teaching her everything he knows.  We’ve found that our younger girls love it too! They also love soccer.
  3. Gymnastics: Is there anything more fun than doing cartwheels on the grass? For my 8 year old, she can flip all day long if we let her.
  4. Rollerblading: While it’s still not one they’ve mastered, my 8 year old is determined to learn. I love that even when she falls, she picks herself right back up and keeps going.
  5. Walking: There is a beautiful little park down the road from our house and the girls love to walk around the lake, check out the ducks and perform the little exercises along the way.  It’s also a great place to relax and do a little yoga.
  6. Playground: Whether it’s our neighborhood playground or the larger playground down the road, give my girls a slide and some swings and they couldn’t be happier. They are having fun and don’t even realize that they are exercising.
  7. Swimming: Any time the girls can get in a pool, they jump at the chance.  My little mermaids would spend the whole day in the water if they could.
  8. Nature Walks: We have a local nature preserve and the girls love to look for animals and birds!  We’ve even spotted a few alligators along the way.
  9. Washing the Car:  The girls love to help Daddy wash the car whenever he allows them to.  They usually get more water on themselves than the car, but it’s all about how much fun they’re having anyway, right?! Throw in some bubbles and they are having the time of their lives.
  10. Sidewalk Chalk: Could possibly be the best thing invented… the girls get to draw, express themselves with their art and then the rain cleans it up for us.

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When weather permits, I hope that you will spend more time outdoors with your family, finding fun activities that keep them moving more and worried less about technology. It’s fun, it’s a great bonding experience and best of all, it’s free!

What are some things your family does outdoors?

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  1. Technology addiction to children is very harmful.
    It’s important to get rid of this addiction and spend time doing outdoor activities.
    For staying physically fit, outdoor activities are very important.
    Your mentioned ideas are really great for outdoor activities.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for giving me ideas on how we could spend more time as a family doing outdoor activities. We have noticed that our youngest, Bran, had been spending most of his day watching cartoons on his iPad. Both my husband and I are hoping that we could introduce our kids to more physical activities rather than being present online, so we decided to take them to a recreation park this weekend. I think we’ll try rollerblading, and I hope that my kids will show the same determination that your kid did when she fell and picked herself right back up.

  3. My little brother loves to ride his scooter and play with his friends! It is so important to get some fresh air and exercise when the weather is not so bad! So outdoor activities are so important for kids.

  4. Basketball is my favorite outdoor activities. your explanation for outdoor activities is really informative.

  5. There can be as many different outdoor activities as possible. Outdoor sport should be must for kids in present generation as most of them are stick onto TV, video games or other indoor stuff.

    Outdoor activities have special importance in growing up years and they remain strong influence for all the future years.

  6. I love outdoor activities with my husband and 2 boys! We like to play basketball, soccer and ride bikes!

  7. Spending time outdoors with your family is important. Now if only the weather is not this cold. 🙂 Summer can’t get here soon enough.

  8. Kids nowadays do really prefer staying inside rather than outside. But as a mom, I see to it that my 4-yr old daughter play outdoor games with my siblings.

  9. These are all awesome way to spend the time outdoors and certainly fun too. During my childhood, biking or playing in the playground was something I had fun doing back then.

  10. My son loves to ride his bike and play in the backyard with his friends! It is so important to get some fresh air and exercise when the weather is not so bad!

  11. The weather has been lovely this week, perfect for outdoor adventures and play. My girls really like playing soccer outside.

  12. I honestly love walking around outside. It is a really great way to exercise and I even pick up trash.

  13. Great list! Very similar to what we would list for our family as well. Bike rides would be at the top of our list too. Though running in racing events would be swapped out for gymnastics and nature hikes would be a bit higher up for us.

  14. We have mostly the same favorite outdoor activities except gymnastics. I wish my kids would be into it.

  15. We LOVE sidewalk chalk and car washing! Sometimes we did every car in the family and spent a whole day doing that. All of your outdoor family ideas are awesome!

  16. Ohhh these pictures made me miss summer! I’m in Canada now so there’s not much you *want* to do outside at this time lol. We usually try to get out daily anyway (apart from school recesses) to make sure I’m getting enough vitamin D and for some fresh air. Right about now it’s skating (when not so cold your feet are on fire in the first 10 mins) or sledding. It’ll be a difference of a 15 degree drop in my area, from one hour to the next -_-

  17. These are all great activities. We like to take our dogs on walks and to the dog parks and ride bikes and play tennis.

  18. These are great ways to get exercise. Funny, my kids actually do enjoy helping me wash the car.

    Both my kids are very much into swimming, so we often do things that involve swimming, whether we are at a water park or a pool.

  19. My kids love to ride their bikes and play football in the backyard! It is so important to get some fresh air and exercise when the weather allows.

  20. One of my favourite things to do with the kids outside is Geocaching. Its a hike, treasure hunt and exercise all in one! My kids don’t even realize that they are being active when they are hunting. Its great!

  21. With our family, we shoot for some quality outdoor activities whenever we can. Participating in teaching a child what you know about a sport they’re wanting to try out for is a great way to get the whole family involved! We might have to add washing the car this summer to our outdoor fun!

  22. There is nothing like getting outside and playing, as a child I used to love heading down the park, we did all sorts there from rollerblading to biking, definitely have many happy memories.

  23. Nature walks are always a great way to spend time together as a family. It’s a lot of fun to get out there and see all the different wildlife and plants.