4 Adventurous Things to Do With Young Kids on Weekends

We live in hectic and busy times. It’s incredibly easy to get so caught up in your work responsibilities and daily chores that, before you even realize it, you may lose sight of what’s really important – your family. Doing things with your kids is a great way to bond with them and show them that they can trust you as their parent.

If you tend to have some free time on the weekends and you want to dedicate it to experiencing new things with your kids, you can try doing something more adventurous than playing board games or playing football in the yard. For instance, going on a family bike ride can be a great idea. You can also make an effort to go on walks around the neighborhood to explore it, grab a kids kayak and take them kayaking, or go camping.

Whether big or small, adventures are excellent if you want to create some long-lasting memories with your family. Don’t wait for a “better time” and start having fun with your kids now!

 

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Go on a Nature Walk

Nature walks are a great way to have some time for mental rest and relaxation while connecting with nature at the same time. You can ride out to visit a hiking trail, but if you don’t have enough time or simply can’t fit it into the rest of the schedule, you can also encourage your children to go with you on a walk around the neighborhood. They will be able to use up some of their energy, and you’ll have a chance to recharge your batteries during a slow-paced stroll.

When walking, make sure that everyone gets a turn to lead the way and share interesting facts about their surroundings. If you live close to a park, you can feel free to visit it, but it’s also great to just walk around the block and ask your kids to name the flowers or trees they see. If you have a dog or a cat that loves the outdoors, it’s worth taking them with you, provided they’re on a leash. Make sure that you and the kids wear proper shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring some water or snacks along. In case one of you starts feeling under the weather, getting a Covid 19 test kit with you could at least save you some nerves.

Go Kayaking

Kayaking can be great fun for the entire family. While any age child can participate in a tandem boat with a qualified partner, kids from seven to ten years old are at an ideal age to learn to kayak in their own boat.

Before you take your children on this kind of adventure, make sure to pick a good location. It’s best to stick to calm waters – small lakes, slow-moving rivers, and bays – with little to no waves or wind. Start small – 15 to 30 minutes of paddling followed by a quick break is a great starting point. Always make sure your kids have all the proper equipment, including life jackets and helmets. Choose a warm and sunny day, and don’t forget about establishing some safety rules with your kids before you hit the water.

Organize a Family Bike Ride

Whatever the age of your children, you can enjoy cycling together as a family, provided they’re old enough to pedal and sit on the bike. From learning to ride and balance a bike to riding around the neighborhood and finding fun and challenging routes, it’s a perfect idea for a weekend adventure. It’s also a great opportunity to practice road safety and teach your children about important rules they should follow when biking.

Always make sure that your children have their helmets on and set a good example by wearing one, too. If you plan to go on a longer ride, remember to take breaks so the kids won’t get too tired. Bring some snacks in a backpack and have enough water for everyone. You can also bring a first aid kit in case anyone falls off a bike and scratches a knee. Better safe than sorry!

Go Camping

Spending a day or two in nature can be a great bonding experience for your whole family. While camping, kids learn valuable skills hands-on, responsibility and independence. It is a great time to introduce lifestyle changes and make everyone go offline and simply enjoy being together for a while.

If you’ve never taken your kids camping before, choose a campsite that’s not too far away from home. Do lots of research, so you can find a campsite that’s kids friendly and, if you have a family pet, allows you to bring it along. If you want to spend a night there, try sleeping with your children in a tent in your backyard first. Pack for all kinds of weather, research the activities beforehand and plan some hiking that won’t be too tiring or challenging, and prepare to have a good time in the great outdoors!

These are only a few of the many ideas you can use to spend a weekend full of unforgettable adventures with your family. Keep in mind that you can always improvise and go with something that suits your kid’s hobbies, or ask them about what they would like to do on the weekend. The most important thing is that you find something that’s exciting to everyone and bring you closer together.

Keep in mind that if your kids don’t want to go camping or prefer to stay away from kayaks, there’s no point in forcing them to do so. Try to involve them in planning the weekend activities and be open-minded!

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