12 Ways to Get Outside with Your Family This Spring


| 3/29/2018 10:11:00 AM


Your family has been cooped up indoors for the past few months, waiting for cold weather to pass and for the sun to return. That moment is just around the corner — at least, according to our calendars — so it’s time to start planning ways to take full advantage of the warm weather. Here are 12 of the most fun outdoor activities for you and your family to try this spring and beyond.

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1. Pack a Picnic

It’s the outdoor version of dinner in a restaurant: grab a blanket and pack a cooler with sandwiches, drinks and snacks for the whole family. You can make it a spring tradition by visiting different parks each week, exploring them, and finishing with a family picnic.

2. Take a Hike

Another way to explore and appreciate nature is on a family hike. The sights might surprise you in your hometown: Even if you don’t live in the mountains, you can still find walking trails through local parks, woods and other natural areas. If you want to make a weekend out of it, load everyone into the car, and head to your nearest national park or trail.

3. Set Up a Sports Competition

Your driveway and backyard could become the backdrop for an intense family sports tournament this spring. You could go with a good old game of basketball, dividing your brood into teams and playing for an exciting prize, like choosing what’s for dessert later. You could buy and set up a badminton net in the backyard. Or, you could play classic playground games, like foursquare or kickball, if you have space.



4. Go to an Extra-Large Playground

You could probably drive to the local playground with your eyes closed because you’re there so often. Mark the start of spring by mixing things up and heading to one of the world’s largest playgrounds, most of which are in the United States. If the trek is too far — and if you’re up for making a pretty substantial investment — you could surprise your kiddos with a play-set in your backyard instead.



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