Now the weather has finally started warming up, it means we can start getting outside more and enjoying some outdoor activities as a family. The problem is this can be expensive, and when you’re booking numerous day trips the price can start adding up- not good if you’re on a budget. Thankfully there are plenty of things you can do that don’t cost a fortune, here are a few ideas.
Who says you need to go abroad to have a fantastic, fun vacation? Camping is humble and rustic and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. You get to teach your children skills from putting up a tent to building a campfire, orienteering, map reading and much more. It’s an active break where you’ll be doing plenty of walking and running around, taking in some fresh air and socialising with other campers. If you don’t want to go too rustic in a tent, you can get a caravan powered by a generator which can run air conditioning, microwaves, lights, laptops and more. You can purchase these from places like Outdoor Supacentre. This way you get more of a ‘home away from home’ but can still enjoy all of the activities that camping has to offer.
Hikes/ Bike Rides
Do you live near any nice woods, lakes, forests or meadows? Get the family to lace up their walking shoes or all grab your bikes! It costs nothing to do this, and is a great way to spend a sunny saturday or sunday. You could pack a picnic, and even print off some worksheets for little ones to follow along to- Pinterest has lots of printables. It gets the kids away from their screens and will give you and your partner some exercise too, you can explore the local area which you might previously have overlooked.
Fun in the Garden
You don’t even need to leave the house to have fun outdoors, if you have a garden then make the most of it! If you have a large paddling pool, fill it up on a hot day and let kids and dogs splash around. You could eat your dinner outdoors or fire up the barbeque. You could kick a ball around, throw a frisbee, have a water fight or set up a treasure hunt. You could plant seeds together and do some gardening. There’s plenty to do to keep kids busy while the sun is shining.
Go to the Park
Slides, swings, roundabouts, the park is a brilliant place to be when you’re a kid. If you’re a little bored of the garden then head out to the local park instead, it’s a chance for children to socialise and you can bring your dog along. You could bring a picnic or disposable barbeque and invite some family members along. It just goes to show that you can have an enjoyable day out without having to spend heaps of money on tickets, travel and entertainment. In fact, these wholesome, more humble activities will probably be what you all remember as a family later down the line!