Simple Family Fun: Outdoor Activities for Moms, Dads, and Kids

The temperature is rising and the summer months will soon be upon us. Your kids will be out of school and it’s about to be a great time to be outdoors with your family. Here are some family outdoor activities to enjoy during the summer that are easy, inspiring and fun, too.  

Go camping: There’s plenty of room in your Jeep Renegade to load the family and your camping gear and head out to the countryside. Kids love camping because they get to sleep under the stars and they can truly enjoy outdoors activities like fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming and of course, stories round the campfire. Camping is also a great way for kids to learn about nature and outdoor survival.

Go to the beach: Even if it’s just for a long weekend, a trip to the ocean is always fun for the whole family. There are so many activities you can share out there, like swimming, snorkeling, collecting seashells for art projects, building sand sculptures, and playing volleyball.

Have a scavenger hunt: Divide your family (and friends) into two teams and see who can track down the most items throughout your neighborhood. The activities you can include are limitless, such as finding:

  • Four different types of tree
  • A local shop’s business card
  • A leaf with insect holes in it
  • A take-out menu
  • A restaurant napkin
  • A popsicle stick
  • A candy wrapper
  • A feather

If you want to make your scavenger hunt a little harder for older kids, get them to take pictures of items like a yield sign, a teammate in a tree or a team member bagging groceries.

Build an obstacle course: You can set the course to be more difficult for the grown-ups and easier for the children. Incorporate creative ideas like cardboard box tunnels, slip and slides, rope swings, and tire hops.

Go hiking: You have the whole summer to explore your local parks so make the most of it. You can discover forests, streams, caves and every day will be a new adventure. Teach your kids about native flora and fauna and see if they can identify birds or animal tracks.  

Have a water fun day: Take some time to cool off by just splashing about in the water. If you don’t have your own pool and the local public pool is too crowded, why not get some inflatable inner tubes and have a family float down the river.

Get your game on: Whether it’s tennis, football or capture the flag, get the whole family to play. If you’re a small family invite another family or your kids’ friends so you can make up the numbers. Start a neighborhood friendly softball league to last through the summer vacation.


Don’t stay shuttered indoors this summer. Take your family outside and get a good dose of fresh air. It’s a great time of year to experience some new activities and enjoy some time together.