Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some fun outdoor activities with the kids. Let’s face it; a little rain never hurt anyone! So if you’re looking for things to do on a fall or even winter weekend, here are a few activities to consider.
Hiking is good exercise, and also teaches kids a number of valuable skills. Map reading, using a compass and planning out a journey are all great things to be able to know how to do. Plus with the stunning natural landscape it will give you endless photo opportunities, and it’s loads of fun too. Find a good hiking trail, woods or countryside nearby and spend the day working your way around it. It’s worth making sure you choose something that’s not going to be too strenuous for kids, have a look on Google maps or reviews first if you’ve never been before. For younger children, you could set this up as a nature walk instead, print off a worksheet and tick off different things as you see them. You could pack a picnic and make a whole day of it.
Depending on where you live, it’s still fine to go camping at this time of year. Providing the weather isn’t especially bad, and you have the right equipment, it’s a fun fall activity. Again, camping teaches kids a ton of useful skills. You could show them how to pitch a tent, how to build a fire and which firewood to use. What different pieces of equipment are and what they’re used for. Spending a night under the stars is a fantastic family activity and an excellent way to get back to nature. You can roast marshmallows and have a barbecue, sing songs around the campfire and generally just have a fantastic time.
Fishing teaches children the art of keeping quiet and maintaining patience. It shows them how to appreciate nature and lets them know where their food comes from. You’ll need the right equipment to get you started. A good rod, a reel such as the Shimano Stradic Ci4 and bait or lures. Make sure you also have the correct fishing license too, as each state has different regulations.
Bike rides as a kid are what memories are made of. Whizzing around on your bikes is an awesome way to get some exercise and explore the area. Whether it’s just at the local park or on a special bike path, getting the family kitted up with their helmets and bikes is the perfect way to spend a dry fall day. You could either set off on your bikes from home or if you don’t have any good spots nearby load them onto the car and drive somewhere to take them. Knee and elbow protectors or a first aid box with band aids for any falls could be a good idea too!
What are your favorite outdoor activities to do with the kids? Will you be doing any of these things this fall?