Feeling bored and hankering for a bit of fresh air? Then you’ll definitely love these fantastic weekend outdoor activities for families of all ages.
If you’re tired of seeing your kids locked eye-to-eye with their electronics or want to get them way from the boob tube (aka the TV), then look no further than these kid-friendly weekend outdoor activities for families.
Most are appropriate for variety of ages and all offer enjoyment over a number of seasons.
This activity is perfect for kids of all ages. Some families even form vacations around this activity. The fun is in finding hidden objects using a GPS device. This is also an international favorite too. Something to think about when your children get older and they want to travel abroad.
Never geocached? Check out GeoCaching for Idiots. This book provides essential tips and tricks for finding caches, no matter your age or your skill level.
2. Horseback Riding
Besides hiking, riding horses rank up there as a definite family favorite. Try a day ride or a weekend at a Dude Ranch. Just be sure to wear helmets.
3. Animal Tracking
This is a great family activity that not only teaches kids about nature, it also gives them an appreciation for the great outdoors. To start, it’s as easy as walking outside your door or taking a short trip to a local stream where you’ll be guaranteed of finding tracks of all sorts.
Not sure what prints belong to which animal? Here is a super kit that will make even the youngest explorers a scientist at heart: Animal Trackers
4. Scavenger Hunts
Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt. You can hide different objects around the yard or check off a list of naturally found ones. For the younger kids, try an A-B-C Alphabet Scavenger Hunt at the Zoo. It’s a great way to learn and be entertained at the same time.
And, don’t forget annual Easter Egg Hunts. Great fun for all ages.
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5. Shell and Rock Collecting
Kids love looking for shells and rocks. So make time for collecting some the next time you make a visit to the beach.
One of the best places to collect shells is on Captiva Island in Florida. You’ll be in shell nirvana. So many shapes, sizes and types of shells. Don’t forget to bring along a few extra large storage containers to fill with your new-founded treasures.
Make it learning experience with this handy book: Florida’s Seashells: A Beachcomber’s Guide.
RELATED: DIY Seashell Candelabra
Who doesn’t love pretty colored rocks? And, depending upon where you live or travel, you might even find some super keepers like pyrite, quartz or even diamonds.
But for the majority of finds how about starting a family-centered rock garden It’ll become a beautiful mosaic that will constantly reminds your family of all of those special times you spent together as a family.
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