Three Perfect Outdoor Activity Ideas For Families This Spring

01
Mar
2021

It may be hard to believe but spring is finally here, and we can start to look forward to getting outside and getting some fresh air and exercise in the months. It’s been a long, cold, wet winter that has challenged all of us, but as the weather changes and we look towards happier, healthier times ahead, it’s time to start planning for some outdoor activities that we can do as a family.

The last few months of lockdowns and home-schooling have been hard on parents and kids alike, but as restrictions start to ease, it’s important to remember the positive impact that sunlight and fresh air have on mental health. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to get you and your family out there.

Get Running Towards Some Fitness Goals

We may still be a while away from hundreds of people coming together to run a marathon, but over the course of the pandemic we’ve all found ways to work around being tied down to a single location. If you want to motivate your family to get out and get going, think about setting a marathon-style running challenge.

Don’t forget that you should start slow, with some time-limited warm-up runs. If you’re not used to jogging or running in your area, experiment with different routes around your neighbourhood to find the best fit for you and your kids. To keep everyone motivated and to make it a fun challenge, you can keep track of everyone’s progress with a fitness app.

Get On Your Bike

You never forget how to ride a bike, but it’s also true that you never forget teaching your kids how to ride. Cycling is a great way to stay active, to stay healthy, and to explore your local area.

It can be an incredibly rewarding group activity as you set out to see some glorious scenery in national parks and the countryside, and it can also be one of the best ways to destress at the end of a long week as you strap on your helmet and pedal away from everything that’s been getting you down.

If you’re looking for the perfect bike, why not talk to the experts? This bike specialist can help find the perfect fit for you, from custom work to timeless Cinelli bikes. By the summer you’ll all be raring to get out and explore!

Get Out Into The Garden And Grow Your Own

If you’re still feeling apprehensive about planning a family trip into the great outdoors, then you should think about making the most of the green space that is your back garden. We have all found solace in our gardens over the past year and we have certainly missed sitting out in the sunshine over the winter.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you want to do with that garden space in the coming year. If you’ve got green fingers, why not show your children how to plant a vegetable garden which they can turn into healthy dinners in the months to come? You could set up some bird feeders or a bird cafe to make feathered friends feel welcome, or a create a nest for visiting hedgehogs. The opportunities for family garden projects are endless.

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