Here is a collection of ideas for outdoor activities that you can do with your kids, including ones that can be spontaneous, take place at home, don’t require much equipment, and pre-planned outings:
Water Balloon Fight
A hot summer’s day is all the more fun with a water balloon fight. If you don’t want to throw the balloons at one another, you could also throw the balloons against a wall. Draw a target with chalk to make the game a bit more difficult.
Gardening is such a great way to get kids to appreciate where their food comes from. It’s easy to create a little container garden if you lack space, or if you have the room, create a raised garden bed, which is easy for both adults and kids to access. Plant some seedlings and watch the fruits of your labour grow. Another option is to visit a pick-your-own farm.
Geocaching Treasure Hunt
Turn your little ones into treasure hunters with this exciting game! Sign up to a geocaching site to get GPS coordinates to the little treasures buried all around your city or tow. All you need is a smartphone to find the treasures. Once your child find’s the treasure, encourage them to replace it with a treasure of their own, to pay it forward to the next young treasure hunter.
There’s nothing more classic than throwing around a ball in the back garden or on the playground, whether that’s football, rugby, softball, or kickball, you can have some competitive fun with the kids.
Family Bike Ride
Get the entire family together for a bike ride. This is especially great if you live in a cul de sac where there isn’t much traffic. Or go for a ride in the countryside where there is bound to be less traffic, making it safer for everyone.
It’s every child’s rite of passage to run a lemonade stand at least once in childhood. Not only does it teach your child the value of money, but you might also spark their interest in business!
Impromptu Flea Market
Kids grow fast! They grow out of clothing and they grow out of toys. So, how about a little mini flea market in the front yard? It’s another great way to give your child a taste for business.
Flying a Kite
Remember how excited the Banks children were to finally fly a kite with their father in the film Mary Poppins? It’s an old pastime, but a good one. You’ll want to pick a hill in an open area to catch the best wind for kite-flying.
Building a Sandcastle
This doesn’t have to happen at the beach. Your kids could build a sandcastle at the local playground’s sandpit or even at home if you happen to have a sandpit.
Going on a Picnic
Picnics are fun for kids of all ages. Gather up the picnic blanket and hamper filled with some favourite foods, and head to the local park, or even your back garden.
Visiting a Park/Playground
You don’t have to go very far to plan an exciting day for your kids. A simple outing to the local park or playground can lead to a day filled with fun and activity.
Visiting a Waterpark
There’s nothing more refreshing than wading in water on a hot day. And a public pool or waterpark filled with various pools, water slides, sprinklers, and much more will cool off the entire family on a hot summer’s day.
Whether you head to a local lake or a beach, water sports can be another way to enjoy summer. There are so many possibilities including, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, paddle boarding, and more.
Running Through Sprinklers
What's more fun than running through the sprinklers on a hot and humid summer’s day? It takes almost no effort to pull out the garden hose and set up a sprinkler on your lawn.
Go ahead and set up a tent in the backyard, and, if you want to go all the way, set up a little campfire and grill hot dogs and s’mores all while singing songs, telling spooky stories, or simply gazing at the stars after the sunset. Then it’s off to the tent at bedtime. If you must, you can still use the toilet in the house!
Kiddie Pool in the Garden
You don’t have to have an in-ground swimming pool for the kids to have some fun in the water in your own back garden. A kiddie pool – available in different sizes, so it can even fit on a small balcony – can do the trick!
Whether you or one of your neighbours owns a trampoline, this could be a really fun activity for kids. It’s also great for kids to let out pent-up energy. And be sure to join in the fun!
Grab a pair of binoculars and head to the park or forest for some bird watching. It may help to have an avian guidebook with you so you can point out the different types of birds.
Skipping Rope/Hula Hooping/Hopscotch
Let your kids pick the activity they prefer – skipping rope, hula hooping, or hopscotch. You can turn any of these activities into a contest.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy gazing into the sky in the afternoon. Lay down a blanket in the grass and everyone can lie down to gaze into the sky (wearing sunglasses, of course). Make a game out of it: Ask the kids to find shapes in the clouds.
Gathering Wildflowers or Leaves
Whether you’re on a hike or just a forest walk, the kids can gather flowers or leaves, which then can be pressed and saved in a nature scrapbook.
Outdoor Bowling Game
Gather up empty plastic bottles from your recycling bin, add a large ball, and you’ve got a game of bowling for the kids. The drive or the sidewalk can serve as the bowling lane.