As the first day of spring just arrived, we have compiled 23 ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
23 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors:
- Camping – Put up a tent in the backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the open fire for a fun easy way to make memories with your children.
- Gardening – Plant a salsa garden with tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro, chives and whatever else you like in homemade salsa. A container garden is easy to plant, maintain and harvest!
- Hiking – Go for a walk with the entire family.
- Dine outdoors – Pack a picnic and head to a park or your own backyard.
- Host a neighborhood carry-in – Invite those neighbors you haven’t seen all winter. Assign foods by category (appetizer, salad, bread and butter, drinks, desserts), and you provide the main course.
- Pack a picnic – Even if the weather isn’t great, who says you can’t have a picnic in your living room?
- Read a book in a lawn chair – Stretch out your feet, relax and read until you fall asleep.
- Go for a bike ride – Burn some calories and enjoy the great outdoors.
- Visit a nature center – Here in Ohio, there are lots of nature centers with free educational programs.
- Collect sea glass – Go to the closest beach and scour the shores for sea glass that you can turn into artwork.
- Skip rocks at a pond – Practice and count how many times you can get the rock to skip.
- Feed the ducks – Peas, lettuce or kale are great treats. Avoid the bread and stick to healthy snacks.
- Bird watching – Put out your bird feeders, get a pair of binoculars, a good bird book and a little notebook to record what you see.
- Go swimming at the local pool – Many pools offer an inexpensive day pass.
- Take the kids to a local playground – Another free activity full of fresh air and exercise.
- Have a water balloon fight – Involve the adults and the children in this time-honored tradition.
- Run through the sprinkler – A great way to cool off in the backyard.
- Have a cookout over an open fireFind the Petromax Fire Skillet and more cast iron cookware at Lehmans.com or in our retail store in Kidron, Ohio.
- Stargazing – Set up a blanket and some snacks outside on a warm night and name the constellations.
- Draw or paint – Set up an easel. Keep the supplies in the trunk of your car, so you can stop at a scenic location and paint away.
- Make and hang a bird feeder
- Start a leaf collection – Remember these from elementary school? How many trees can you identify?
- Go on a sprout walk – Try to identify all the sprouts that are coming up in the wild.