With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start planning some fun outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re an empty nester or have lots of little ones running around, there’s always something to do. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Buy a pool membership. So, you don’t have a pool in your backyard? Don’t worry about it. You can usually find an affordable membership package to a local pool. This can be a great, relaxing way to soak up the sun and keep the kids occupied. While they’re splashing away in the water, you can immerse yourself in books and magazines – or take a little nap. It’s a win-win situation for everyone in the family.
- Take a fishing trip. Does your family love fishing? You should try trading your local pond for the ocean this year. If you live near the coast – or any large body of water – you should be able to find a company that offers chartered fishing trips. They are perfect for large families because they handle all the small details and let you focus on catching fish.
- Learn a new sport. Have you always wanted to take up golf or tennis? Trying a new sport can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors while learning a new skill. Find a local instructor and take a few lessons to ensure you’re doing it right – but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It should be enjoyable and fun.
- Go camping. Whether it’s in your backyard or at a local campground, camping can be a fun way to switch things up. You can build a fire, cook your own food, and tell scary stories. Small children especially love camping and it can be a great way to immerse them in the outdoors.
- Get a new puppy. Ready for a new pet? There’s no better time to get a new puppy than in the spring or summer. That’s because it’s warm enough to easily potty train it. Plus, once school lets out, your kids will be able to take some of the burden off you by spending time with it.
- Plant flowers. There’s something about getting your hands dirty and planting flowers that’s soothing. Consider planting a flower garden this spring and encourage your kids to participate. It can be a great family project and offers very visible rewards.
- Grill out. Instead of holing up in the kitchen all day, try getting the entire family involved in dinner by grilling out in the backyard. You’ll discover new ways to cook and get the added benefit of fresh air.
- Visit local festivals. Small towns and big cities alike have lots of festivals in the spring. Find a community calendar and circle some events you want to take the family to. From musical gatherings to local farmer markets, festivals allow you to interact and engage with your community.
Warm weather is coming and it’s important to get your plans in order. Try some of these fun activities this year and you’ll find yourself enjoying the outdoors like never before.