Summer is on it’s way, which means it’s almost time for the kids to finish school for the holidays. As most parents know all too well, it can be tricky to think of ways to entertain our little ones, and the last thing you want is your children’s eyes glued to the TV all day long! With a range of benefits to our mental and physical health and wellbeing, spending time outdoors is one of the best things you can do as a family. If you’re looking for ways to make the most of the holidays with your kids, take a look at these easy ways you can get outside as a family this summer.
Take a bike ride
One of the best ways to get outdoors this summer and stay active at the same time is to go on a family bike ride. Start with an easy flat ride through a local park, or if you have children that love an adventure, try mountain biking! Make sure you’re fully equipped with a suitable bike, protective gear, and the right clothing depending on the weather and location, and head out for an experience you’ll never forget.
Move dinner outdoors
Another easy way for you and your family to spend time outdoors is by making an effort to sit outside. Turn your back garden into a sanctuary ready for sunny days and nights, and bring family breakfast, lunch and dinner time outside. Soaking in some sunshine and fresh air while you eat can have amazing benefits on your health and wellbeing, and is the perfect way to end a long day. Consider investing in a beautiful new garden bistro set to make your garden more inviting, and add some outdoor lights for those long summer nights.
Play some sports
Make the most of your local park by getting the family involved in some outdoor games. Games like rounders, badminton and tennis are all fun ways to get outside and bond as a family. Playing competitive sports also gives you a chance to teach your kids about how to win and lose with grace – it’s how much fun you have that counts!
Go for a hike
Walking has so many benefits for your health and wellbeing, therefore taking an outdoor hike should be top of your list of summer activities. Luckily, the UK is full of some spectacular hiking destinations for you and your family to explore. Make the hike even more fun by encouraging your children to take photo’s of all the nature and wildlife you come across, creating some lasting summer memories.
Fly some kites
Something as simple as heading to the beach or an open space to fly a kite is a great way to get out the house and have some fun with the family. A bonus for this is that it’s also a perfect opportunity to get creative and make your own DIY kites which your kids will love decorating and putting together. The fact they made it themselves will also make seeing the kite go up in the air even more special!
Set up a treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a really exciting activity that can be done in the comfort of your own back garden, or a local outdoor location if you want a bit more space. Hide objects for your children to collect, with simple clues guiding them to their location. For older children and teens, turn the difficulty of the hunt up a notch by holding it in a larger space and creating trickier riddles on how to find the items.
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