Everyone falls a little bit in love with their couch over the winter, but spring is here, and with it, lots of time for outdoorsy family activities and a day trip or two. If your kids think mountains and meadows exist only on screensavers, now’s the perfect time to shut off your phones, swap that briefcase for a backpack, and get out into the spring sunshine.
Start With a Book (and Read It Outside)
Outdoor adventures start right at your doorstep, but if you need some ideas to get your juices flowing, make reading Cool Outdoor Activities: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski a family affair. Written with lots of kid appeal, this hardcover book includes slick, eye-catching photos and easy-to-understand instructions for family activities from mini-kite building to making an heirloom time capsule.
Here are some other cool family activities and day trip ideas you can enjoy with your post-hibernation brood:
Take a Hike
If your family is in the mood for a day trip, you’re in luck. From magnificent Acadia in Maine to breathtaking Zion in Utah, the US is peppered with 58 majestic national parks that you can enjoy during springtime. There are also tons of local parks and miles of coastline just waiting to be explored. Whether your crew is composed of seasoned hikers who won’t settle for less than a 10-mile jaunt, or brisk city strollers content to hike through the wilds of an urban landscape, well-fitting, water-proof footwear is a must.
Nothing wipes out a family hike faster than blisters, so leave the sandals for another day and trade up to hardworking footwear like Merrell Capra Rapidwater Hikers for moms, the Merrell Moab Edge for dads.
For younger family members with smaller feet, RedHead Roark Jr. Waterproof Hiking Boots for Youth is a fantastic option.
Hooded windbreakers and thick socks—despite the warmer weather—will probably come in super handy, too!
Does your wannabe archer turn pencils and hair ties into pretend bows and arrows when they should be doing homework? Channel that energy into a family outing everyone can enjoy.
Archery promotes self-control, concentration, and coordination—plus it’s just plain fun. Take a day trip to an archery range, or create your own in the backyard. Designed to introduce kids (and parents) to the basics, the Skillbuilder Bow and Arrow Target Set includes 22″ arrows with plastic notching and rubber suction cups, a 29″ bow, and standing bullseye target.
There are lots of fun outdoor adventures that families can enjoy. Ask your kids what they’d like to do (be careful what you wish for), or surprise them with a themed scavenger hunt, tree-planting ceremony, or bird-watching excursion. At the end of the day, what matters most is that—besides whatever cool activity got you all outside—you were together.