Summer is almost gone and the kids are starting to complain about being bored. The weather is still ideal for being outdoors and it's the perfect time for it before the kids head back to school to spend most of the day indoors. It's also the perfect time to spend time together as a family before jumping into a busy fall schedule. Here are some fun outdoor activities for families to enjoy before the weather turns too cold and other activities fill up your time.
Outdoor Activities for Families
You don't have to venture far or spend a lot of money to enjoy family time outdoors.
If the weather is still hot, fill up a bunch of water balloons and have a water balloon fight. Play dodgeball with the water balloons or have a competition to see which team pairs can toss a water balloon back and forth the longest without it popping.
While the weather is still nice, create a private getaway in your shed or garage. When the weather turns cooler and the schedule gets busier, this will be a nice at-home family retreat.
You can also make giant outdoor games such as Giant Jenga, Giant Checkers, or Giant Scrabble.
Get your neighbors in on the fun by hiring a local band to play in your backyard and invite guests over for a potluck picnic.
Plant the seeds for a healthy fall harvest by revamping the garden with autumn vegetables (e.g. leeks, carrots, swiss chard, broccoli).
Get in one last summer camping experience by setting up tents in your backyard and roasting some s’mores over an open fire.
Away From Home
If you want to sneak in one last vacation before summer ends, there are many things you can do to venture outside of your home and beyond your yard.
Rent a kayak and go floating down a local river, or drive to your favorite river in your favorite city and kayak that.
You might have experienced sledding in the snow, but what about sledding in the sand? Many parts of the U.S. are known for their glorious dunes, and riding a sled down such dunes can be an experience of a lifetime.
You can also take your health into your hands and participate in organized outdoor exercises such as an outdoor yoga class.
More Family Outdoor Activity Ideas
There are endless possibilities to enjoy outside before the weather turns cooler. You also don’t have to feel totally constrained by your budget; many outdoor activities don’t necessarily require you to spend money or travel very far. You are only limited by your imagination. Check out the infographic below for even more ideas on fun outdoor activities to try this summer.