Categories: Parenting Family Fun
Creating a family garden
In our family the garden is a family project that we do together and it gets us outside in all seasons.
Whether you have your own garden to harvest, or visiting a local farm, harvesting is great fun for families. Sugar bushing in the early spring, strawberry picking in early summer and apple picking in the fall are all popular times for family.
A very simple way to make sure you get outside is to eat outside. Make sure you have a welcoming table and chairs in your backyard or balcony. Have a picnic in the park and as the days start to get cooler be sure to extend the picnic season by putting on the right layers to continue eating outside.
Try the seasons sport
Find out what your family likes to do outdoors in the different seasons and get prepared. There many outdoor sports to try with the family. Sign you kids up for lessons in outdoor venues which is a great way to stay in touch with nature.
Use Technology to get outside
Technology usually gets the blame for childrens lack of outdoor time. But, as much as technology can hold children hostage inside, it can be used to lure them outside. Using a GPS device to find treasure is call geocaching (high tech treasure game) and seems to be an activity that is capturing both the young and adult.
Embrace the season
Making sure that your family is prepared for the seasons is the most important step you can do to help get your kids outside. When you and the kids are warm and dry you will just naturally find yourselves spending more and more time in nature.
Plan for outdoor holiday fun with your kids. Canada and the US have a lot of wonderful parks and natural places to explore nature. The textbook winter family vacation is a trip to Florida, but keep in mind there are many opportunities for cool outdoor adventures outside the box of going south for the winter.
Kari Svenneby is the founder and CEO of ActiveKidsClub.com, a grass roots community helping connect children and adults to the outdoors by providing simple and creative ways to get outside through play, cooking and lifestyle. In 2011 they launched their own line of safety reflectors as a way to get families outside safely in their communities. A chef, librarian has an unique blend of education and experiences that brought her to the place she is today as a leader in outdoor experiences for families.